Artificial Christmas Trees: Donate or Reuse

What to Do with Your Artificial Christmas Trees

donate or reuse artificial christmas treesChristmas is over and perhaps you are considering taking your artificial Christmas trees to the recycling center.  Stop! Artificial Christmas trees can’t be recycled. You must leave your artificial Christmas trees at the curb with the trash. Remember, one person’s trash is another’s treasure. There are many, many families who were unable to have a Christmas tree for their children to enjoy this year and would appreciate an artificial Christmas tree donation. I’ve received many requests from families in need of Christmas trees on this website. Even though they can’t afford presents, they would each love to have a Christmas tree – a symbol of hope for better things to come.

Donate Your Artificial Christmas Trees

So, before you discard your artificial Christmas trees, donate it directly to a family in need. First, ask friends, neighbors, and colleagues if they know of a family who is in need of a free Christmas tree donation.  If they don’t have a family in need to refer you to, list your free Christmas tree on your local Freecycle Network. While you are at it, take time to clean out other unwanted items and add them to your list such as toys, clothing, electronics, instruments, paint, books, bikes, furniture, and more.  You might even find items that you might be able to use, too. It is always better to give, and it is always better to reuse than recycle. If that doesn’t work for you, hold onto  until you or a friend holds a garage sale. You can put a “free” sign on your artificial Christmas trees. I’m sure it will go to a family in need.

Another option to discard your artificial Christmas tree for reuse is to donate the tree directly to a local charity to be offered to a family in need. Contact local churches, the Salvation Army, Goodwill, or other charitable agencies and non-profits and let them know you have an artificial tree to donate. They may accept your tree donation at that time or ask you to wait until the next Christmas season. If you are unable to find a family or organization to donate your artificial Christmas tree to, contact local schools, community centers and churches.  Decorate a small artificial tree with miniature lights and ornaments for the children’s floor of your community’s hospital.

Creative Ways to Reuse Artifical Christmas Trees

Artificial Christmas trees have parts that can be taken and reused in creative new ways. For families in need looking for ways to earn additional income, consider collecting discarded artificial Christmas trees and make indoor and outdoor holiday decorations to sell.

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Families In Need Benefit From Recycled Hearing Aids

recycled hearing aids for families in need Families in Need need hearing aids.

Recycled hearing aids can give the gift of hearing to families in need. Hearing loss puts added financial stress on families in need and affects the quality of life for all family members. Communication is difficult in daily living activities and the joy in family events can be diminished. Hearing loss can affect relationships, too. Because of Starkey Hearing Foundation’s, Hear Now program, thousands of American families in need will have an extra reason to be thankful this season of giving. Hear Now provides low income adults and children with the gift of hearing by providing hearing aids throughout the U.S. Through the Hear Now program, Starkey Hearing Foundation is set to distribute more than 8,500 hearing aids by the end of 2012 and more than 1,600 this holiday season alone to families in need.

Do you know that one in 10 Americans, and one in five American teens, experiences some form of hearing loss during their lifetime? Starkey Hearing Foundation’s application-based program, in partnership with more than 5,000 hearing providers in the U.S., gives top-of-the-line, digital hearing aids to children and adults, helping families in need without the financial means necessary to purchase them, that are customized to their specific needs. In-turn, Hear Now providers help fit patients, provide counsel and handle follow-up care at no additional cost.

Give the Gift of Hearing – Recycled Hearing Aids

Starkey Hearing Foundation also collects used hearing aids through its Recycled Hearing Aid program. The Foundation anticipates more than 45,000 hear devices will be collected by year-end and has collected nearly 500,000 recycled hearing aids since 1999. The recycled  are hearing aids salvaged for parts and used to build new aids that are distributed during Starkey Hearing Foundation’s global hearing missions. The Foundation fits more than 100,000 hearing aids each year and has provided hearing care in more than 100 countries.

To learn about the Recycled Hearing Aids program, please visit http://www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org/programs/recycle-hearing-aids/.

“It is incredibly rewarding to give members of families in need the ability to hear,” said Hear Now provider, Dr. Jana Brown of Allegany Hearing & Balance in LaVale, MD. “I live in a rural area, where there are many families in need with no means to purchase these devices. Giving back to the people in my community is something as a health care provider, and human being, I feel is extremely important and thank Starkey Hearing Foundation for making it possible.”

Starkey Hearing Foundation continues to welcome hearing professionals to the Hear Now family of providers, adding 700 providers alone in 2012. “Without the generous support of our thousands of providers, Hear Now would not be the success it is today,” said Bill Austin, founder of Starkey Hearing Foundation. “Through the Hear Now program we are able to reconnect individuals to their families and communities each and every day, which is all the more special during the holiday season.”

To learn more about the Hear Now program or to become a hearing aid provider, please visit http://www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org/programs/hear-now/.

Note: To request an interview with a Hear Now provider or Starkey Hearing Foundation’s Bill Austin, please email Lindsay Smith at [email protected]

About Starkey Hearing Foundation Starkey Hearing Foundation is bringing understanding among individuals and communities through hearing care by focusing on awareness, education, protection and treatment, so the world may hear. Hearing loss affects one in 10 Americans, and 63 million children worldwide, yet many do not have access to the hearing devices that can help them. Starkey HearingFoundation fits and gives more than 100,000 hearing aids annually, and as amember of President Clinton’s Global Initiative, it has pledged to fit 1 million hearing aids this decade. In addition to giving the gift of hearingthrough worldwide hearing missions, Starkey Hearing Foundation promotes hearing health awareness and education through the Listen Carefully initiative and provides hearing instruments to low-income Americans through the Hear Now program. For more information on Starkey Hearing Foundation, visit www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org.