Each December my long-time friend, Nicole, sends out a Xeroxed list of organizations that could use "stuff." It's stuff we could easily hand over to someone who could make better use of it. For example:
Optical centers in Walmart and Sam's Club stores accept your old eyeglasses and lenses for recycling programs.
The Humane Society will take old fur items in any size to comfort and sooth baby and injured animals: Humane Society of the USA - Attn: Coats for Cubs - 2100 L Street, NW - Washington, DC 20037
Most animal shelters and veterinary hospitals welcome (freshly laundered) old towels and blankets. Think about dropping off what you have to your local facility
To get rid of junk mail, drop a note to: Mail Preference Service, Direct Mail Marketing, PO Box 643, Carmel, NY 10512 and ask them to remove your name from all the major mailing lists. Or, even easier, click here: dmachoice.org
It's also true that you can get as good as you give:
Gardeners looking for coffee grounds to mulch flowers and such only have to take an empty bucket to the local Starbucks Coffee stores and ask for them.
Those reading Barbara Kingsolver's newest book, Flight Behavior, may be more in tune with the plight of monarch butterflies and global climate warming. You can encourage Monarch butterflies to your garden by planting their preferred plant. Send a SASE to Live Monarch Seeds - 3003-C8 Yamat Road #1015 - Boca Raton, FL 33434. You can also check your local nursery for milkweed plants. It's quite the spectacle to watch the caterpillar wind itself up into a gold threaded jade-colored crysalis and then emerge "reinvented."