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A few places to take donations in South Florida:

 

Humane Society of Broward County, 2070 Griffin Road (33312), 954-463-4870

Women in Distress, 1372 N. State Road 7 (33063), 954-975-7425

Salvation Army, 1791 W. Broward Blvd. (33312), 954-467-5816

Goodwill, 2104 W. Commercial Blvd (33309), 954-486-1600

The Pantry of Broward, 610 N.W. Third Ave. (33311), 954-358-1481, for food, canned, boxed, frozen, anything

As we head into our yard periods or the re-group time for yachts, there is typically a bit of purging that occurs on boats. Whether the Mrs. wants to change out soft goods or a boat has just changed hands or the chief stew finds stains or worn out items, the question sometimes comes up: What to do with it all?

There are some great ways to help others, some may be a bit more near-and-dear to the heart than others, but there are some great causes out there.

For those of us in Ft. Lauderdale, did you know there is a fantastic Humane Society just off Griffin Road and I-95? It will take blankets, sheets, towels, pillows and it does not matter at all what the condition is. Puppies and kittens don’t care. They just want something warm to snuggle up with. I have brought many bags of discards to them.

When you walk in the door, there is a bin just to the right. But I dare you to resist taking a walk around just to say hello to our four-legged friends. It’s a way that those of us who miss our pets or just need to see some happy faces can “get a pet fix”.

There are many other donation centers, many for specific causes. My charity of choice in South Florida is Women in Distress. The donation center is out west, off the turnpike. It takes anything: one glass, old pots, clothing, toasters, anything.

This is how it works: The donation center takes in items by the back door. Volunteers then make sure that items work and put them out on the sales floor, just like Goodwill or Salvation Army.

But here’s the difference with WID. When women call because they are being abused, they are given shelter. Sometimes the women leave with their children and only the clothes on their backs. Sometimes they don’t even have shoes. They only want to be safe. WID finds that for them, safe shelter. They are given vouchers to go into the store and “buy” what they need.

So before you start just tossing items into the Dumpster, or thinking that no one could want or need one glass or spoon or a pillowcase with spots on it, please think of those who are less fortunate. It is our own way to recycle.

Oh, and if the owner would like, you can get a receipt. These are donations and they can benefit at tax time, too, if not just in their hearts.

Capt. Wendy Umla lives in Ft. Lauderdale.

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