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December 27, 2013

'Tis the season to de-clutter your home

ANDOVER — The Andover Recycling Committee is hosting a drive-through event to help people de-clutter their homes and recycle on Saturday, Jan. 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Brickstone Square on York Street.

Clothing, kitchenware, kitchen and bath linens, toys, car seats and more will be accepted for donation to Goodwill and the Community Giving Tree, a Boxford-based organization that assists young families in need.

Only specific items will be accepted at the event and donated items should be in such condition that one would feel OK passing them on to a friend.

Community Giving Tree is specifically seeking high chairs, car seats, baby swings, safety gates, cribs, toddler beds, various toys like Legos and K’NEX, Little Tykes ride-ons, toy kitchens and workshops, puzzles, books and Barbie dolls. All donations will be passed directly on to families in need and should include all pieces intact so they’re safe to share.

The event marks the first endeavor for Community Giving Tree’s new social enterprise, “Twice Loved Toy Sales.”

The venture aims to resell the items during “pop-up sales” around the North Shore and Merrimack Valley, with proceeds going to support the organization’s mission.

Items sought by Goodwill include clothing and shoes of all sizes, bed and bath linens, small kitchen appliances and other kitchen items like utensils, plates, cups and cookware; books, CDs, records and other media; and home decor and pictures.

Batteries and Styrofoam bearing a recycling triangle with the number 6 can also be dropped off at the event.

For a complete list of items being accepted, contact Bill Labelle at Goodwill at blabelle@goodwillmass.org, Leslie Levenson at Community Giving Tree at leslie@communitygivingtree.org or Eleanor Storch at Andover Recycling at eleanorstorch@verizon.net.

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