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Organize a Care Items Swap

Last updated: Jun 18, 2012

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Do you have a walker you're no longer using? Or a bed rail or cane? If your older loved one attends an adult daycare group, Sunday School class, or a bridge or book club, ask around and find out what items folks are no longer using. Then either swap them or donate them to a local eldercare group.

What you'll need:

Good old word of mouth works best, but you can also use e-mail or Facebook. If you have you're a sizable group, create a flyer, or just pass around a list of available and needed items.

Why it's great:

  • You get to clean out your closets.

  • You get new (to you) items that would otherwise cost money.

  • It's community recycling. What you no longer need might be just right for someone else.

  • You get to make new connections.

How to do it:

  • Spread the word among your group.

  • Make a list with two columns: one listing items to give away and one listing what you might need.

  • Decide on a swap day when all of you will bring in your gently used items.

  • If you have quite a few items to donate to a local adult daycare or senior center, plan a time when several people can go (it's more fun that way).

  • You might even come up with a raffle item or two, such as a handmade quilt. Let everyone contribute $5 and see how much money you can raise for a good charity.