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PHOTO: Before tossing old clothing or household items in the trash, New Mexicans are encouraged to help others in their community by donating those items to local charities. Photo credit: Federal Emergency Management Agency.
PHOTO: Before tossing old clothing or household items in the trash, New Mexicans are encouraged to help others in their community by donating those items to local charities. Photo credit: Federal Emergency Management Agency.
May 12, 2015

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Whether it's clothing, sports equipment, toys or books, many New Mexico homes are brimming with items that are rarely if ever used.

Experts say taking the time to de-clutter during the spring not only tidies up a home, it can also be a way to help others.

Evette Rios with Goodwill Industries says instead of throwing away unwanted items, consider donating.

"We live in this incredible country of so much abundance," she says. "We have so much more than we actually need. It's 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 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 other items, and notes that 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," she says. "They turn used items into new things people can use."

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NM