Do you ever wonder what happens to the craft merchandise after it goes out of season, and has been on Clearance? Too many times, it will end up in the dumpster. Let me tell you about our local JoAnn store.
About every few months now, I'll get a call from them for a GS donation. I go right out to get it.
The size of the donations varies from small to very large.
Here are some setup pics of their donated merchandise...
Can you believe all this stuff? I get the word out to local leaders that I'll be having an Open House. I request $1 donation towards the Girl Scouts organization for all they care to take.
I held an Open House this morning.
At the first Open Houses, I feared no one will come, but it's always been a great turn out, and seems to have become a very popular event.
There is so much for the leaders to use for their service projects and troop activities. Just about everything is taken. I have a friend I call my "Sweeper". She will come back after the Open House and take anything remaining and give to another charity.
If you are a GS leader, you may want to ask your local JoAnn store about their donating of discard merchandise. I've gotten a leader in a nearby town connected with her local JoAnn, and they now contact her for their discards.
|A cute little bird house that was in today's donation.|
Even though DH doesn't like storing the boxes of merchandise in our basement, distributing these donations is probably my favorite GS task. It saves all this merchandise from the dumpsters and landfills, and it goes into hands of crafty, service-minded individuals. How great is that?