Wachusett Region Recycling Events – 12/11/10


Two winter coat drives are going on right now:

Jordan’s Furniture is holding its 16th annual Coats for Kids drive until January 8, 2011. Gently-used Mens, Womens, Childrens, and Infants coats can be dropped off at any Jordan’s Furniture or Anton’s Cleaners location. Anton’s will accept donations from collection drives held at schools, churches, and other community or corporate organizations. Coats should be in wearable condition without any rips or tears. The Coats for Kids‘ School Rewards™ program awards the three elementary and middle schools who collect the most coats a range of prizes, including school furnishings, supplies, pizza or sundae party, or cash. Contact Danielle Kemp at (617) 328-0069 ext. 26 or by email for more information.

Another place you can donate a gently-used coat is the Burlington Coat Factory. Their 4th annual coat drives runs until January 17, 2011. Bring your coat to the customer service desk and receive 10% off your purchase. Local locations are at 344 Greenwood Street, Worcester, and 100 Boston Turnpike, Shrewbury, MA.

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Sterling’s Friends of the Library group is looking for donations of gently-used children’s books for its ongoing book sale. Donations can be dropped off at the main desk of the Conant Public Library, 4 Meetinghouse Hill Road, Sterling, MA during business hours.

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Susan Johnson, R.N., a resident of Rutland, MA, is collecting used eyeglasses for victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Eyeglasses will be donated during her upcoming medical relief trip to Haiti. Drop off your used eyeglasses at the Rutland Library (280 Main Street, Rutland, MA) and Spencer Savings Bank (93 Main Street, Rutland, MA).

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Contact Brian Wood, a Boy Scout with a troop from Sutton, MA to have your automobile, truck, motorcycle or boat’s lead acid battery picked up at your home and properly recycled by a company in Sterling, MA. His email address is: j.wood36@yahoo.com

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With the economic problems this year, food pantries are seeing a greater need for food donations than in previous years. If you are cleaning out your kitchen cabinet, your donations can be brought to many places.

Bambi’s Corner Cafe (27 Main St., Sterling, MA) will give you a free 12 ounce hot beverage for your non perishable food donation throughout December. Donations will go to the Wachusett Food Pantry. Donations can be made during business hours: Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday-Sunday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A non-perishable food and paper items collection box will be on a table near the main desk of the Beaman Memorial Public Library (8 Newton St. West Boylston, MA) in December, January, and February. Donations for the West Boylston Food Pantry can be made during business hours.

Tangled Salon, 353 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester, MA, is collecting gently-used winter coats and canned or dry foods through January 2, 2011. Drop off your donations during business hours or call (508) 796-5601 got more information.

Unopened non-perishable items and personal care items, such as toothbrushes and soap, can be donated at Herlihy Insurance in the Rutland Plaza, 83 Main Street, Rutland, MA, 2nd floor) and Rutland Pharmacy, 18 Maple Avenue, Rutland, MA. The Rutland Girls Scouts are holding this drive throughout 2010.

There are collection boxes near the registers at the Big Y on Reservoir Street, Holden, MA and inside the Holden Senior Center, 1130 Main Street, Holden, MA, for packaged Wachusett Food Pantry donations.

Food donations can be brought to St. Patrick’s (290 Main Street, Rutland, MA) and the First Congregational Churches (264 Main Street, Rutland, MA) any time.

The West Boylston Community Food Pantry, 26 Central St., is looking for donations of paper products, like toilet paper and paper towels, as well as food items. The pantry is open every third Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m for donation dropoffs.

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Paxton’s Emergency Management Team is looking for donations of items to used at an emergency shelter in the event of an disaster. Their budget did not allow for the purchase of these items. They are looking for children’s arts and craft items, coloring books and crayons in like-new condition, toiletries (unopened packages of soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, small unopened bottles of shampoo, etc), canned fruit, packaged energy/power bars. They are looking for other items people are less likely to have on hand that are not listed here. Call the team at (508) 791-6600 to arrange a drop-off of donated items or find out what else they need.

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