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Prescription or pill bottles are saved because there are some countries that are so “poor” that they can't afford prescription bottles. Over here, it is illegal to re-use prescription bottles. But in these other countries, they don't have these laws, because they need all of the help that they can get! Please mail them to Amvet's Post 208, Ladies Auxiliary, 5 South Street, Hudson, MA 01749 and mention the name Deirdre so that they know how you heard about them.
Cancelled stamps from the post office, only the stamp, not the part with the date, are somehow used as money to help purchase school buses in under developed countries. Not sure of the entire process, but this is why the Auxiliary collects them. Please mail them to Amvet's Post 208, Ladies Auxiliary, 5 South Street, Hudson, MA 01749 and mention the name Deirdre so that they know how you heard about them.
Used greeting cards, the front part with the picture on it, are used in the schools and children's hospitals. The children make their own cards with them, ornaments, and other crafts with them. Please mail to Amvet's Post 208, Ladies Auxiliary, 5 South Street, Hudson, MA 01749 and mention the name Deirdre so that they know how you heard about them.
Why spend money on expensive cleaners when all you need is a tube of toothpaste? Try it to: polish silver and gold, remove crayon marks from walls, remove ink spots from cloth, remove fruit punch "moustaches" from kids, deodorize smelly hands, remove scuffs from shoes, and fill holes in walls.
Is your tea staining your mugs? Well wet the inside of the mug and sprinkle some baking soda all over the inside. Let it sit for a while, rinse, and then wash as you would normally wash. This should do the trick, unless the mug is really stained, then you may need to do it two or more times, or let the baking soda stay on longer.
Expired Coupons, up to 6 months past expiration date, are saved and sent to military bases all over the world! The Auxiliary sends them to the bases that only used expired coupons up to 6 months past their expiration date. Then, these bases take out the ones that they don't want/need, and then pass them on to the bases that can use them up to a year past the expiration date. Please send your expired coupons to Amvet's Post 208, Ladies Auxiliary, 5 South Street, Hudson, MA 01749 and mention the name Deirdre so that they know how you heard about them.
Fabric scraps can be used for wrapping presents. Use it like paper, or make into gift bags. You can make a more formal, structured gift bag, or simply make a drawstring bag. Or, cut out shapes from the design of the fabric, and use to decorate gifts wrapped in plain brown paper. You can also tear the fabric into strips, and use it as ribbon.
When picking blue berries and black berries, take empty milk jugs, cut off the spout and down a few inches on the side opposite the handle to make a large opening. Thread your belt through the handle of the milk jug so the jug hangs from your waist. This will free both hands to pick the berries and prevent you from having to constantly move a bucket along. Best of all, no constant bending.
Do you feel bad about throwing away all of those promotional CDs that you get in the mail from AOL and other internet providers? Well, look no further. You can go to http://nomoreaolcds.com and find out how to mail yours in to be brought back to the company that they came from, or you can go to http://www.nomoreaolcds.com/aol_cd_experiments.htm and see how others have creatively re-used their CDs.
These are used for the Shriner's Hospital, which is a hospital for burn patients. After the tabs are collected, the tabs are put through a special magnet to remove impurities, and then each batch is visually checked by volunteers. The tabs are barreled up, weighed and redeemed for cash. The money is used by the Shriner's for items not included in their burn center's budget, such as bookcases, wheelchairs and high chairs. Please send these to Amvet's Ladies Auxiliary, 5 South Street, Hudson, MA 01749 and mention the name Deirdre, so that they know where they came from.
Boxtops for Education are sent off to schools that are in desperate needs of supplies and/or equipment. There are some schools out here that can't even afford paper. Now that these dumb politicians want to cut more money from education, they are going to need more help than before. Please mail them to Amvet's Post 208 Ladies Auxiliary, 5 South Street, Hudson, MA 01749 and mention the name Deirdre so that they know how you heard about them.
DONATE A PHONE® program recycles used wireless phones to help the environment and raise funds for a variety of charities. Most phones are resold as economical alternatives to new phones. The rest are safely recycled in accordance with all applicable U.S. environmental regulations. Go to www.wirelessfoundation.org to find out more!
Don't throw away your soda/beer cans - they could be worth money! Each state has different procedures, so check with your local recycling center to find out more. Some states pay you by the pound, and other states pay you back the deposit fee that you paid when you purchased the item.