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Help Your Neighbor by Starting Your Own Donation Drive

Brittany Valentine
Brittany Valentine
Posted on November 14, 2022   |   Updated on June 21
Everyone has the potential to do something great for Philly. (Clark Tibbs/Unsplash)

Everyone has the potential to do something great for Philly. (Clark Tibbs/Unsplash)

During the holiday season, food, clothing, and toy drives start popping up everywhere. But did you know that you can actually host a donation drive on your own for your favorite organization? Here are a few tips to get you started.

The event can be as creative as you want. It could be a book swap, a sporting goods swap for youth, a diaper drive for local families, or even animal supplies for a shelter.

First, pick an organization and coordinate with them. Ask what items they need, and then publicize the event with those items in mind. 

Drives and swaps can differ in structure. Drives usually work best when people can drop off items over a period of time. Swaps are typically held on a specific day and time, so plan accordingly.  

Make sure to find a proper location. You don’t want to publicize your home address. Some good options are public buildings, stores, offices, or other easily accessible places. For a swap, you’ll need appropriate space and tables to set up the donated items.  

Have fun! Doing things like this can be time-consuming and maybe a bit stressful, but they are sure to fill your heart with so much warmth. And now that you’ve completed your first, the next one will be a piece of cake. Community is where wellness begins. 💗

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