It’s never too soon to introduce your children to donating second-hand items. Contributing to the cause of Entraide diabétique du Québec is a good way to make them aware of the importance of giving to others, to the community and to the environment.
Make it a family activity! Find out step-by-step how to donate items in good condition to our organization.
Selecting items to donate
Your budding donors’ journey begins at home. Together, go through all your children’s clothes. Is that sweater now too small? Are those pants too short?
For each item that doesn’t make it back to the dresser, check that it’s in good enough condition to be donated. That means no clothes with rips or holes!
Next, encourage your children to sort through their toys. Those they no longer really play with, either because they have outgrown them or because they are no longer of interest to them, will undoubtedly make another child happy.
This step is often the most demanding for children… and even for adults. It’s not always easy to let go of our material possessions. But by setting an example yourself, you will encourage your family to follow suit.
Don’t forget to check that your donations are on the list of items accepted.
Sorting and packing donations
Once you’ve decided what you’re going to donate, it’s time to prepare the items for their big send-off!
Clothing and other fabric items, such as tablecloths, napkins and cushions, can all be placed in one of our donation bins. So they must be transported in plastic bags.
When preparing the bags, make sure you have a lighter one that your children can place in the bin themselves. This way, they can really enjoy the satisfaction of having done a good deed.
Dishes, small appliances, lamps and other more fragile items must not be placed in a donation bin. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be given a second life! All you have to do is schedule a pick-up at your home.
Find a donation bin
It’s really easy to find the Entraide diabétique du Québec donation bin closest to you: just check our interactive map. By entering your postal code, you’ll be able to find the donation bins nearby.
Then simply put the bags in your car and pull up to a donation bin with your children on their way home from school or an activity.
Make sure you don’t forget the bags in the trunk of your car until the next season!
Plan a home pick-up
Thanks to our home pick-up service, you can make a donation without even having to leave your home.
First, check the list of municipalities to make sure this service is available in your area. Then simply fill out the online form. A member of our team will contact you shortly to arrange a date to pick up your donations.
On pick-up day, you can drop off your donations at the agreed upon location, identifying them with a piece of paper marked “D” for “Diabetes”. That way, our truck driver will know which bags and boxes to pick up.
Why not get your children involved by asking them to make the sign and draw the “D”? If they’re lucky, they might even get to see the truck pick up their donations.
And that’s it, your child’s first donation!
By showing your children how to donate to an organization like Entraide diabétique du Québec, you’ll be raising their awareness of the notion of solidarity within a society as well as developing their healthy environmental habits.
In making a donation as a family, you’re helping to shape tomorrow’s society!