With summer winding down, we often want to welcome fall with a bit of cleaning and getting rid of some of the “stuff” that accumulated all summer long. If your children are tired of their old toys and books or you just need to make some room, try donating the items to some of the following:
http://www.stuffedanimalsforemergencies.org delivers gently used toys to children in need. Go on the website to check for your local community chapter.
http://www.Babybuggy.org takes kids and baby gear along with maternity and children’s clothing that is in good condition. They distribute it to needy families.
For books contact: www.donationtown.org to schedule a pick up along with others in your area. Just enter your zip code and choose from local charities you’d like to sponsor.
Another way to re-purpose books is at: www.booksforafrica.org You pay for shipping to the Atlanta warehouse, but it is tax-deductible.
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You can also donate unwanted items to your local GOODWILL, SALVATION ARMY, VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA www.pickupplease.org And, Habitat For Humanity will accept household items and furniture at their ReStore outlets to use in their building projects. Check out their needs at: www.habitat.org
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had the power to make our own rain, especially with so much of the country experiencing drought? We may not be able to make rain in the real sense, but with this activity, you can hear the soothing sound of rainfall anytime you wish.
All that’s needed to make a RAINSTICK is a long cardboard tube from a roll of paper towels or foil, construction paper and stickers for decoration, dried couscous, and duct tape.
1. Cover the tube with paper and seal the seam with stickers or the tape.
2. Cut out two circles for each end of the tube. Drape one circle over one end and seal shut with tape.
3. Pour about 1/4 C couscous into the tube. Drape the second circle over the end and seal shut with tape.
4. Decorate the tube with stickers.
5. To make the sound of rain, slowly and gently tilt the tube from one end to the other. Close your eyes, breathe in the rain scented air, and the illusion is complete!