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Nevadans' Spring Cleaning Can Help Others

PHOTO: Before tossing old clothing or household items in the trash, Nevadans are encouraged to help others in their community instead by donating those items to local charities. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
PHOTO: Before tossing old clothing or household items in the trash, Nevadans are encouraged to help others in their community instead by donating those items to local charities. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
May 5, 2015

RENO, Nev. - Whether it's clothing, sports equipment, toys or books many Nevada homes are brimming with items that are rarely or ever used.

Experts say taking the time to de-clutter during the spring can not only tidy up a home it can also be a way to help others. Evette Rios, lifestyle expert and spokesperson with Goodwill Industries, says instead of throwing away unwanted items consider donating.

"We live in this incredible country of so much abundance; we have so much more than we actually need," says Rios. "It is nice to take those times throughout the year to really clean house a little bit and know that that stuff is actually going to create some really impactful changes in someone's life."

Rios says donating to a local charity has a positive impact on the community. For example, Goodwill works to provide employment training, job placement and other services.

When it comes to donating, Rios says Goodwill accepts gently-used clothing, furniture, electronics and many other items. She adds even things that seem too tattered or broken at first glance can often be put to good use.

"We've diverted millions and millions of pounds of textiles from landfills by having these agreements with recycling companies that turn used items into new things people can use," she says.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NV