Where to Recycle Lights, Phones; Donate Coats and Toys in the South End

Do you have items you no longer need? A number of holiday collections are underway and items can be easily donated at one location. Find out more!

Are you buying a new winter jacket? Do you have holiday lights that no longer work? Did your kids get duplicate toys this year? Did Santa bring you a new cell phone?

If you have items you’d like to toss but aren’t sure what to do with them, a number of collections are taking place in the South End and items can be dropped off right at Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries (1010 Harrison Ave.)

One collection seeking new items and not used ones is Toys for Tots. New, unwrapped toys are being sought for children in the area. You can drop them off at 23 Dry Dock Ave, 8th floor Boston, MA from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

If you have coats you no longer need, donations are being collected through Coats for Kids at any Anton's Cleaners or Jordan's Furniture between now and January 12, 2013. The closest one to the South End is at 203 Massachusetts Ave.

Cell phones piling up because you have the newest and best that technology has to offer? Mail used cells to the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (989 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215)

Have old holiday lights that no longer work? Maybe you switched colors or swapped old lights for LED ones? Whatever the reason, if you have lights that you're not hanging this year, they can be recycled. You can bring them in to your nearest Lowe's or Home Depot, or mail them to HolidayLEDs.com, Attn: Recycling Program, 3849 Guest Rd., Jackson, MI 49203. See here for more info on that.

Is your organization collecting donations this holiday season? Let us know. Leave a note in comments or e-mail Editor Sara Jacobi at sara.jacobi@patch.com

Helaine Simmonds December 26, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Thanks, this was a good public service article.
Sara Jacobi December 26, 2012 at 02:50 PM
you're welcome! I personally didn't even know you could recycle LED lights until I started doing research for this. Glad to help.


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