What to do with Donations

We have good news and bad news. Let’s go with the good first.

Due to the generosity of people across the state, donation locations have been completely inundated with clothes, books, toys, cleaning products, household items, and so much more. The response has been over-whelming and totally awesome.

And now the bad news…

We don’t have anywhere to put everything! As we rebuild homes, affected families are concentrated more on building infrastructure: walls, basements, support beams, drywall. As the weeks go by there will be a need to replace everything that was lost, but for right now everyone is focused on rebuilding their home. Once they’re fixed up, we can fill them with all your generous donations.

So… if you can, hold onto the items. There will be a need and your donations are not unwanted or unappreciated. Just right now we have to focus on building.

If you can’t hold onto them, the Salvation Army and Goodwill stores are always appreciative and, while it won’t necessarily go to those directly affected by the hurricane, it will go to people in need.

For food products, your local Vermont Foodbanks are open to donations of all sorts. They have a network for distribution and are deeply connected with local communities. Donations there will get to the right places.

Again, your generosity is not unappreciated: it is so overwhelming that we don’t know what to do with it! You guys are great. Keep up the good work.

Matt and the #VTResponse team.

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6 Responses to What to do with Donations

  1. kathbel says:

    Hi – Don’t people still need the personal care items such as baby formula, diapers, toiletries, feminine products, first aid stuff as well as pet food? Are stores now open throughout the affected areas to supply them with these daily needs? Please let me know becuase I have a donation drive started at my company in Massachusetts. I am planning to bring things up at the end of this month. Thanks. Kathy B.

    • Matt says:

      Hey Kathy- Right now every supply drop we know of is completely inundated with material. I spent the day driving around southern Vermont and fortunately they’re all pretty well stocked. That said, in a month we may be in a very different place. Right now it’s a day-to-day thing but some one in the next few months will undoubtedly need the things you’re collecting. Thanks so much for all you’re doing. Hang in there! We’ll make sure it goes to good use. Matt.

  2. Melissa says:

    AND as an option–you can now post these items on VTEXCHANGE so that when folks are ready for these items, they know how to get in contact with you!

  3. kathbel says:

    Thanks, Matt and Melissa.

    Am going up with a small group the last week of Sept. to do some clean up, whatever, for a few days. Will cart the items around and see if anyone can use. Otherwise, will keep in Mass and try again sometime in October.

  4. LInda Jackman says:

    Hi Matt, When I first read about the West Hartford Library flooding and losing all their children’s books, I immediately started a book drive. I understand that they are unable to take books right now and have a wish list going with the Norwich Bookstore. Do you know of any child care facility or such that could use the books? My bed of my pickup is full of books looking for a home. Thanks.
    Linda Jackman

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