The warehouse guys and the scrap metal.
Bales in our warehouse.
Today we thought it would be fun to talk a little about our recycling project at the Open Door Mission. Due to the fact that we are always looking to find new ways to help raise funds for our Outreach programs, food pantry and homeless shelter, we decided to reexamine our donations and make sure we were using all donations as effectively as possible. It was through this process that some of the gentlemen working in our warehouse began to work with scrap metal. From broken Christmas lights to damaged pots and pans, the men began to see the opportunity to recycle. We have been thrilled to see how much the program has grown and all of the outreach that it has provided for. In addition to helping with raise funds through scraping it has reduced the cost of our garbage bill.
Recycling metal is not the only way that we work to help the environment at the Open Door Mission. Here at the Mission we do not throw away clothing or shoes unless we absolutely have to, instead the items that we cannot use are baled and sent to third world countries. We really are in the reuse, repurpose and recycling business with our thrift stores. Instead of throwing out unwanted items the Mission gives people the opportunity to pass them along to another person, and in some cases to people all over the world. Also rather than going to a store and having to buy brand new you can reuse and repurpose used items. Why buy new when you can get it used for half the price, right?
If you are wondering about how you can do your part for both your community and planet consider going through you closet and getting rid of some of those old tee shirts from high school you never wear anymore, or other items that you always seem to be tripping over in your house, and donate them to a local charity. Don't forget shopping can be just as great as donating for many thrift stores like the Open Door Mission and The Red Door! With each purchase you are helping fund our different forms of community outreach, also by buying used, you are creating less waste. Can you think of a better reason to go on a shopping spree?!