Thoughtful Recycling

Recycling goes beyond doing our part to take care of our world: We can also help to care for the people living in our world by donating unwanted items to organizations that distribute them to those in need.

Hearing Aids
Hearing loss affects 34 million people in the United States alone, and the cost of a hearing aid can be as high as $4,000. Nonprofit programs such as Hear Now collect hearing aids of any make, model, or age to provide to individuals in need who are deaf or hard of hearing. Learn More

When it comes time to get your next pair of glasses, don't throw the old frames in a drawer -- or worse, in the trash. Give someone else the gift of sight by donating your eyeglasses to an organization, like New Eyes for the Needy, which will recycle them for a greater good. New Eyes for the Needy has accepted eyeglasses to distribute to those in need since 1932, improving the eyesight of more than seven million people in the United States and around the world. Learn More

Constantly emerging new technology makes new computers seem "old" more quickly than ever before. The result? Many unwanted but perfectly usable computers sitting in our homes gathering dust. The National Cristina Foundation will refurbish old computers for economically disadvantaged or disabled individuals; to donate, just fill out an online form matching you with a local affiliate. Learn More

Women's Professional Attire
Turn unwanted suits into a fresh start for another woman by donating them to organizations like Dress for Success, which provides professional attire to disadvantaged women trying to enter the workforce. New and nearly new cleaned suits and blouses are accepted at drop-off locations nationwide. Learn More

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