For those looking to donate, a new tool is available at their fingertips. Naperville North junior Grace Paulson created the website www.shareyourtreasures.org.
The site names more than 30 organizations that accept various items like food, furniture, pet supplies, and more.
Clicking on the organization’s name shows their description, items they’re looking for, and drop off locations.
Paulson started with a simple list of not-for-profits she sent to friends and neighbors to earn a Silver Star award in girl scouts and took that one step further for a Gold Star.
For some, the website already has helped. For her 12th birthday, neighbor Aleah Robert wanted her friends to donate to a cause instead of giving her gifts. She used share your treasures to find the group “Stuffed Animals for Emergencies” or “Safe”, which collects gently used teddy bears, toys, and books and gives them to hospitalized and homeless children.
As for Paulson, she hopes people will also visit her site to host their own donation drives if they don’t have anything to donate themselves but still want to help others in the community.
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