Spring is a time for rebirth and renewal — and for emptying closets. Yet what's to be done with the clothes, electronics and other items area residents will decide to toss this spring?
Instead of throwing out your old radio and leisure suit with the trash, donate them instead to the Epic Spring Cleaning Event on April 27. The drive, which will last from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., is seeking gently used clothing and household goods and non-perishable food items.
The donation event, in its fourth year, benefits both ARC Thrift Stores and Inter-Faith Community Services, and for the first time will have two donation sites: the Home Depot at 3000 W. Belleview Ave. and AutoLab at 4000 S. Broadway in Englewood.
"The last couple of years have been very good, and we're hoping with two locations we can really get people fired up to come over and clean out their closets and help their neighbors," said Bruce Stahlman, chief financial officer for ARC Thrift Stores and a Littleton city councilman.
Last year Stahlman said the donations filled about two-thirds of a 42-foot trailer, raising about $6,000 that was split between the two charities.
This year, as an added incentive, both drop-off sites are making some donations of their own, Stahlman said. Home Depot will give a $5 store coupon for every donation, and AutoLab will provide a discount on an oil change and service review.
Items like mattresses will not be accepted. Stahlman said older televisions also can’t be taken because ARC ends up having to pay a recycling company to dispose of them properly.
The drive is sponsored by the cities of Littleton, Englewood and Sheridan, along with the South Suburban Parks and Recreation District.
Arc Thrift Stores is a Colorado nonprofit that raises funds through the sale of clothing and household items, with the proceeds benefiting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
Inter-Faith Community Servicesprovides basic human services to low-income people in Centennial, Englewood, Glendale, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Lone Tree, Sheridan and unincorporated Arapahoe County.
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