Amazing Idea

I ran across something the other day… Now, it’s been happening since 2012, but, gee… I guess we are a little behind the times out here!  It is a spectacular idea, so I thought I’d share… just in case you are like me…

What if, when you get something new in the mail… you can use the box it came in to donate more items to charity FOR FREE??!!!

That’s the idea behind a Give Back Box.  First of all, you’ve ordered something cool for yourself… or maybe a gift for a friend… and the nice guy in the brown uniform delivers it and you unpack the box… Then, what do you do?

Well, for me, that cardboard box hangs around in my mudroom until I build my next fire, but for many of you who don’t have a fireplace or wood burning stove, you probably tear that box down and put it in the trash unless you’re lucky enough to have a cardboard recycling place.

What if, instead of adding to your landfill, you went to your closet (you know, the one that’s packed a little too tightly with those clothes you don’t wear?) and filled up that box with some of your gently-used-I’ll-never-fit-into-that-again items?  You then proceed to your computer, print out a FREE shipping label, and give that box back to your mailman or that nice guy in the brown uniform.  Your box gets delivered to the closest Goodwill.

Yup.  Just like that, you’ve received a cool present, repacked its box with clothing, accessories, or household items and shipped it off to a charity that helps people with employment placement and job training.  Your box will now go to the recyclers, having done double duty.  Oh, and tax receipts will be printed upon delivery.

Win.  Win.  Win.  Win.

Easy peasy.

Retailers like Newegg, Amazon, REI, and Overstock, plus others, are thrilled to partner with Give Back Box.

You need to go to and read up on this program.

Oh, sure, for many of you there might be a Goodwill down the street that you can drop off stuff on your lunch hour, but out here??? It’s not that easy!  I thought it was an amazing idea.  I hope you do, too… and I hope you’re thinking about what you can pack up for Goodwill!


Amazing Idea — 4 Comments

  1. What a great idea. We are lucky that our town has 5 goodwill (Charity to us Brits) shops. I make piles of stuff I don’t need and take a bag full next time I’m in town. Sorting stuff seems to be an ongoing task nowadays.

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