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The Fruits Of Our Labor

The Designated Donor

On Monday when I left NY, we packed my car full of as much of the weekend’s unpacking as possible – I was the “DD”.

Bags of Tricks
Usually that acronym means I’m the alcohol-free driver for the night. Or that I’m in charge of doing the Dunkin’ Donuts run for coffee & hot chocolate. In this case, however, I was the Designated Donor – a title that I’d bestowed upon myself, I must admit. Control freak that I am, I was pretty sure that if I didn’t evacuate as much as possible from the house, that it would somehow find its way into M’s permanent collection before my next visit.

We’d bagged clothing separately from other items like bedding, pillows, blankets & towels. Then after work on Tuesday evening I did a DD run. “Buddy Dog Humane Shelter” in Sudbury, MA are the proud new owners of 8 huge trash bags filled with the bedding & towels etc. And our local Salvation Army were more than keen to relieve my car of the other 7 bags filled with clothes.

I think it’s becoming increasingly uncommon now for people to just throw away clothes – I’m sure I speak for most of us in saying that it’s probably a natural thought process to donate unwanted clothing. But it might not be second nature to think that way about old bedding & towels.

As a veterinarian, I know first hand how animal shelters always cherish donations of bedding, towels & the like. So don’t throw out your old stuff folks – I guarantee that even if you don’t think it’s fit for your bed or bathroom any more, it’ll be welcomed with open arms by your local shelter.  If you don’t have one close by, you could even try your your local veterinarian’s office, or “doggy daycare” type establishments too – they’ll be put to great use!

Don’t you just love the feelgood experience when you donate things that you no longer need?