Orange County Donations

When we live in a world where anything can change it instantly (i.e. hurricanes, earthquakes, shootings, economical change, and fires, just to name a few), how can we not wake up every day, grateful to be alive, have the ability to think, enjoy, feel, and love? Personally, not a day goes by that I don’t feel blessed and thankful for everything, including you for taking a moment out of your life to read this and be a part of my life’s journey.

On this idea of gratitude, it got me thinking. As a Realtor, I work with families all across Orange County, California, helping them find their dream homes for less and sell their own properties for more. And working with home buyers and sellers in such communities as Garden Grove, Seal Beach, Cypress, Long Beach, Westminster, Huntington Beach, Los Alamitos, and Buena Park, I’ve realized somethings.

Coincidentally backed by data and from personal observations, our communities are comprised of many, many buyers. The number of families house hunting to move into one of our neighborhoods, such as West Garden Grove or Cypress is exponentially more compared to the number of property owners currently listing their home.

What does this mean? Well, first it means we have a lot more buyers than inventory to meet their demands. So if you’ve considered selling your home, now is the time to take advantage of the pool of buyers demanding and seeking out to buy a home just like yours. And second, we’re part of that demographic as Facebook categorizes, “Likely to Move.” In other words, one thing buyers and sellers have in common is that in due time they’ll be pulling out the boxes and packing all their belongings to take to their new home. What an incredible opportunity to not only de-clutter, but to remember our gratitude and do something good for another.

I’m sure you’ve heard of spring cleaning; so similarly, this is another chance where you can go through every nook and cranny of your home and de-clutter/minimize.

Francine Jay, Author of The Joy of Less, said it best, “Something that’s been sitting in your house, unused and unloved, may bring a great deal of joy to, or fill the genuine need of, someone else. Make their day, and give yourself a pat on the back. Knowing that you’re doing good can make it much easier to part with your stuff.”

Here’s the thing. Although moving can have its stressful moments, the fact is that moving creates an opportunity for a fresh start. It’s a new beginning. And since you can’t expect new and better outcomes if you’re doing the same thing over and over, this is a time to de-clutter (your entire life) and remove everything that is weighing you down, stressing you out, and not benefiting you some way.

In short, clutter creates stress, whereas a simpler and more minimalized life brings efficiency, motivation, and the strength to tackle on a lot more. Therefore, as you pack, use this time to look at each thing. If it’s not bringing you value, or you don’t love it, or you haven’t used it and honestly don’t know if and when you’ll use it again…then don’t bring it into your new home. Again, it’s a new home…fresh start…so keep it simple.

So here’s how you do some good with your old stuff. As you pile up the stuff you no longer need and/or plan on taking with you to your new home, think about how you can do the greatest good with those items. For example, do you have a lot of old towels and blankets that are probably too worn down for someone else, yet you’d hate to throw them away? Well, a lot of our local animal shelters are in need of towels, blankets, and other textiles. Therefore, instead of throwing these items away, donate them to your local animal shelter. Or, do you have some old work clothes that no longer fit or just doesn’t meet your style preference any longer? If so, find a local charity such as “Dress for Success” and donate the clothing to them to bring good and a fresh start for someone else. Have your kids outgrown their toys and/or clothes? If so, consider donating them to a local day care or school in need, hospital, a women’s shelter, or somewhere like Salvation Army. Do you have lots of old books? In this modern world, where we can get almost any book in the palm of our hands in a minute via smartphones and kindles, donating your books to a library or senior center are two suggestions. What about food? Is your pantry and fridge stock piled with goods that you’re not planning on taking with you? Why not donate these to a local food bank?

As you can see, there are many different options and routes you can take to donate your items, bringing someone else joy and value while creating a fresh, stress-free start for yourself. May I suggest you take a little time and research the various charities from American Red Cross and St. Jude’s Hospital to those focused on our Veterans and then decide for yourself what means the most.

If they can use your old items, then great…donate it over. However, what happens if they’re in need of money as opposed to old clothing, furniture, and toys. Then I’d suggest holding a moving/yard sale and donating a percentage or all the proceeds to the charity of your choice. In fact, perhaps you can get your entire neighborhood involved and donate the proceeds to a particular charity and then any items left over, schedule a pick-up with the Salvation Army. If you’re not allowed to have a yard sale in your home, then another option is holding it virtually via listing your goods online on local Garage Sale Facebook Groups or on Craigslist. Similarly, if there are quite a few neighbors interested in this, then contact a local school or church, as they may allow you to use their parking lot.

I’ve gathered a local list of places to donate to below, most will allow you to schedule a pick-up so that you can just leave everything in the front of your house and they’ll pick it up for you. Check it out as well as inquire with your local churches, hospitals, day cares, schools, libraries, animal shelters, homeless shelters, women’s shelters, halfway homes, food banks, senior centers, and other charity shops.

How can you do the greatest good with your old stuff while establishing a fresh start for yourself in your new home?

Local Donation Locations:

In no particular order…

Salvation Army
Schedule a Pick-Up

Pick-Up Locations
11236 Western Ave.
Stanton, CA, 90680

11031 Los Alamitos Blvd.
Los Alamitos, CA, 90720

7252 Saturn Drive
Huntington Beach, CA, 92647

17362 Beach Blvd.
Huntington Beach, CA, 92647

7035 Stanton Ave.
Buena Park, CA, 90621

16119 Brookhurst St.
Fountain Valley, CA, 92708

1515 W. North St.
Anaheim, CA, 92801

4714 Clark Avenue
Long Beach, CA, 90808

3210 E. Airport Way
Long Beach, CA, 90813

2325 E 3rd St.
Long Beach, CA, 90814

9091 Garfield Ave
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
(714) 963-0425

Pick Up Please
Pick Up Location

Thomas House Family Shelter | Garden Grove
Nina Rodriguez
Facility Coordinator

Vietnam Veterans of America

Habitat for Humanity ReStore
1656 W. Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 434-6202
Schedule a PickUp

Hope PickUp
Schedule a PickUp

About the author

Frank Abbadessa

Realtor, SFR, Platinum Club, Inc.

With great experience in Garden Grove, Cypress, Lakewood, Buena Park and Seal Beach real estate as well as intimate local area knowledge, I work extensively to help buyers and sellers meet their real estate goals. If you are looking to buy or sell a home or would just like to know some more information, feel free to call or Email me. As a listing agent in North Orange County, my extensive marketing plan gives a homeowner the opportunity to get the maximum value for his/her property. For buyers, I help negotiate the best possible deal and search until I find the perfect property. Nothing satisfies me more than seeing the smiles that come with a successful sale or the purchase of a lifetime.

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