Donate old formal attire to: Operation Prom
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Many take their prom for granted, but for some people, the cost of a prom dress or suit is beyond their reach. Enter Operation Prom. Here, you can donate gently used and new formal attire that is appropriate for teen girls hoping to attend their big night. Some locations even accept tuxedo donations. See the website for donation sites, and keep checking back since more sites get added during prom season.
Donate old toys to: Second Chance Toys
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Second Chance Toys has a dual mission—to keep plastic toys out of landfills and to donate them to a child in need instead. According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, nearly 14 million children live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level. Donating even one toy helps bring a smile to a child who faces hardship and struggles every day.
Donate musical instruments to: Hungry for Music
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As Hungry for Music’s website states, “Our most important service is putting musical instruments into hungry hands.” They accept unused or unwanted musical instruments, including acoustic guitars, flutes, drums, and percussion. They don’t accept upright pianos and organs. Of course, they prefer working instruments, but they have people on hand capable of fixing and repairing instruments as needed. They then distribute the working instruments to underserved children with willing teachers. Noa, the sixth grader pictured here, used to rely on his school’s instruments and needed to turn them in whenever there was a vacation. Thanks to a donation to Hungry For Music, he can now practice every day with his own violin. His dedication earned him a scholarship to Silverlake Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. (Here are the amazing things that happen to your body when you listen to classical music.)