Saturday, March 29, 2014

Spring Cleaning

Spring is in the air and there are people cleaning and organizing everywhere...

A little known secret of how to snag invaluable, previously deemed "useless", items to use for therapy and play; whether it be sensory items or traditional toys that can be utilized with our children who have limited mobility or need extra encouragement:

Freecycle's mission is simple: The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 5,121 groups with 7,135,811 members around the world. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by local volunteers (them's good people). Membership is free. 

Not only have I received items that have given Brayden a greater quality of life: rope lights, sensory materials such as fur or sand paper, "simple" infant toys with lights and music, copper wire for adapting battery operated items, ball pit balls, scrap materials for play mats and bean bag covers, etc; but we have also received perfectly good furniture, kitchenware, bath items, yard essentials, and even FOOD from the immensely generous Freecycle community!

No, I have not received any sort of commission for sharing this global-wide mission with all of you. I am simply sharing from experience in several communities where we benefited from Freecycle members' generosity. 

If you're seeking specific items or need to unload some clutter, sign up with Freecycle or find your local group via Facebook; you'll be amazed at what you gain!

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