To share with shelters:
Those little soaps and cosmetics from hotels – you may have brought your own, but someone in a homeless shelter or safe house can use these personal care supplies.
Sample sizes of nearly anything – food samples can go to food ministries; child care items help crisis pregnancy centers and homeless shelters; personal care items can go to homeless shelters or safe houses; pet care items to humane societies or pet rescue organizations.
As I add projects to the blog, I’ll place links under the appropriate item used in the project. I’ll be happy to add links you might suggest in comments, as well. This document will be an ever-changing resource for you.
Cardboard rolls from toilet tissue, paper towels, food storage wraps and wrapping paper: Cardboard tube crafts; Musical instruments
Coffee cans and tubs, with lids (wash and air dry thoroughly): Musical instruments
Cotton from aspirin bottles
Empty soda and milk containers (wash and air dry thoroughly): Musical instruments
Empty tissue boxes: Musical instruments
Fabric and trim scraps
Hinged boxes, such as sneaker boxes
Ice cream sticks (wash and air dry thoroughly)
Individual-sized yogurt containers with or without lids
Milk jug rings
Newspapers and ads printed on newsprint
Old socks and nylons
Plastic drink cups from restaurants
Plastic lids to discarded containers (Wash and air dry thoroughly)
Small boxes, including cigar boxes
Small jars, including baby food jars (wash and air dry thoroughly)
Styrofoam meat trays (wash and air dry thoroughly)
Styrofoam packing pieces
If you have items to add to the list, please tell me in a comment. I’ll add it and credit your suggestion.