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Don't be a hoarder, better to be a donor

2013-03-27T00:00:00Z Don't be a hoarder, better to be a donorBy Evelyn Jones Times Columnist
March 27, 2013 12:00 am  • 

If spring’s arrival hasn’t inspired you to start cleaning out your garage, attic, or basement, watch an episode of TV's "Hoarders." I’ve emptied entire rooms during the commercials.

But there’s always something I can’t pitch, figuring someone can use it. I’ve found some places to donate your unwanted items that could do someone else some good.

Immanuel Presbyterian Church’s Youth Group is planting a garden and will learn how to can their crop. If you have cardboard egg cartons and/or mason jars to donate, please drop them off at the church, 140 W U.S. 30, Schererville.

St. Michael Church, 1 Wilhelm St., Schererville, is collecting household items, toiletries and computer ink cartridges to benefit the Sojourner Truth House in Gary. Their Good Samaritans collect nonperishable food and school supplies, while the Prison Ministry collects men’s clothing.

Both churches’ Prayer Shawl Ministries can use yarn, fleece material, fabric scissors and prayers.

The Schererville Lions Club collects used eyeglasses; drop them off at the Schererville Chamber of Commerce office, 149 E. Joliet St., or the Schererville Town Hall, 10 E. Joliet St. Thousands of people around the world can now see because of this international project.

SFC William Lessner, of the 79th MP, stationed in Qatar, is collecting baseball caps that are given to workers helping the troops. Please drop them off any caps you'd like to donate at Immanuel Presbyterian Church.

You can help Grimmer Middle School and Teacher’s Credit Union collect food for the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. Drop items off at TCU, 8615 U.S. 41, by Saturday.

Schererville’s Animal Control/Shelter, the home to many pets looking for a family, can use all those old blankets, bath and kitchen towels, as well as paper towels, laundry detergent, bleach, pet treats, toys and, especially, dog and cat food. Items can be dropped off at 25 E. Joliet St.

Check out the shelter at

And, if you still have items you don’t want to just pitch, set them aside. The Schererville Chamber of Commerce’s Community Garage Sale will be held Aug. 10 (rain date Aug. 17), on the grounds of Immanuel Presbyterian Church. Chairpersons Cindy Jansky and Ken Balazs are working on the application, which will be available on the chamber website soon.

On a much more serious subject, and I’ll have more details in next month’s column, the Schererville Lions Club will be hosting an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast April 28 at Immanuel Presbyterian Church. All profits will be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project. If you would like to support the WWP, a sponsorship form can be found on the chamber website,

The White Sox season opener is Monday, a sure sign of spring. But before that, have a Happy Easter.

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