Nana found Freecycle Network, a free recycling network. This can be of great assistance for grandparents raising grandchildren. Grandparents may be in need of bedroom furniture, tables, chairs, lamps, toys, and other items for your grandchildren now living with you.
Not realizing that there are grandparents raising grandchildren who are in need of household and children’s items, some people would put their unwanted items out to the curb.
So now, instead of putting them to the curb where most likely they’ll end up in a landfill, there is an option to post them for free on Freecycle.org where grandparents raising grandchildren and others in need can find them. The free used items will find a good home with those in need without any removal, shipping, advertising, storage, or transportation expenses. It’s not an exchange. You don’t have to give anything to get something you need. Read on for more information…
The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 4,557 groups with 5,525,000 members across the globe. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer (them’s good people). Membership is free. To sign up, find your community by entering it into the search box above or by clicking on “Browse Groups” above the search box.
Nana found Freecycle Network through a grandmother who is a neighbor of my daughter. She was giving her grandson a college graduation party. She was in the need of patio sets or picnic tables for the guests. Grandma learned of Freecycle from a friend so she joined a local group and found several sets that were offered to whoever responded first via email. She responded and was able to send her grandson out with a pick-up truck. After the party, she gave the extra tables to family members who needed them. It was that easy!
Find your local group and give it a try at http://www.freecycle.org
nothing wasted, only gained by helping grandparents raising grandchildren and the environment at the same time.