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Date published: 1/5/2013

BY AMY FLOWERS UMBLE

Are your Christmas gifts still littering the living room? Did you resolve to get organized only to hit the stumbling block of your messy home office?

For many people, cleaning house can get complex. While winnowing the closet contents, most people know they can donate their old garments to Goodwill or the Salvation Army. And while paring the pantry, they know to drop off canned goods at the food bank.

But what about craft supplies from that hobby that didn't pan out? The books your child outgrew? Or the magazines that continue to pile up?

To help with your housekeeping efforts and help some local nonprofits, here's information about some local agencies that take more-unusual donations. For a more comprehensive wish list for area nonprofits, visit rappahannockunitedway.org.


PARENT RESOURCE CENTERS These offices serve as the help-desk for parents of children in special education. The PRC staff often keep art supplies on hand to keep children occupied while their parents get help. They also try to assist families in need.

There are three local PRCs, and they can take donations of art supplies, office goods and children's books. Caroline County: 804/633-7083; Spotsylvania County: 540/582-7583, option 6; Stafford County: 540/658-6710.

THRIVE, THE HEALING CENTER

Thrive offers classes for women, especially those in periods of transition. The agency offers help to women with eating disorders, those going through a divorce and those experiencing other stress. Thrive holds classes in yoga, stress management, creativity, finance, art therapy and more.

Thrive could use art supplies for women taking classes at the center. 10700 Ballantraye Court, Suite 104; 540/361-1331.

ST. SETON'S ORPHANED ANIMALS

This animal welfare group just opened a nonprofit veterinary hospital in southern Stafford. The hospital could use donations of used blankets, towels and comforters; paper towels and toilet paper; bleach, laundry soap for high-efficiency washing machines and dryer sheets; pens and copy paper.

Drop off donations at the Thomas Beath Clinic, 628 Cambridge Street in Falmouth, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

CHAPLIN YOUTH CENTER This nonprofit runs a residential program for troubled teens who've had some contact with the legal system. It includes a youth center in Stafford and a transitional home in Fredericksburg.

The center could use art supplies, magazines, office supplies and books. Drop off donations at the youth center, 125 Hot Top Road in Falmouth, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mark donations to the attention of Tanya Stephens, transition coordinator.

HOSPICE SUPPORT CARE INC.

The agency offers support for the terminally ill and bereavement programs for children, teens and adults.

Hospice Support Care needs art supplies, office supplies, Wii games that are rated E, small stuffed animals and a vacuum cleaner.

To donate, drop off items at 1701 Fall Hill Ave., Suite 109. 540/361-7071.

SALEM BAPTIST CHURCH

This Spotsylvania County congregation uses donations for its prayer shawl ministry, work with homeless men and women, children's classes and food pantry. The church seeks creative ways to use just about any donation, but could especially use yarn, food, bags with handles, craft supplies, hats, scarves, gloves, batteries and toiletries.

Drop off donations at the church, 4044 Plank Road, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 540/786-7320.

FREDERICKSBURG COUNSELING SERVICES, FREE MENTAL HEALTH CLINIC

The agency offers mental health services for low-income, uninsured people in the area.

Fredericksburg Counseling Services could use office supplies, art supplies, pads of paper, printer paper, a printer and chairs for counseling rooms.

Drop off donations at the office, 305 Hanson Ave., Suite 140, in Fredericksburg. 540/373-2320.

THE SALVATION ARMY

This faith-based nonprofit operates a thrift store that takes donations of clothes, furniture and household goods.

But the Salvation Army also holds community classes for children and adults.

For those classes, the agency could use donations of art supplies, office supplies, fabric and magazines.

Drop off donations at the Salvation Army offices, 2012 Lafayette Blvd. 540/373-3431.