End of the Year Donations Benefit Northern Students as well as the Aberdeen Community

   The end of the semester approaches bringing finals and graduation. As the dorms begin clearing out, some students will move back home and others will stay in Aberdeen.
   Whether simply moving across town or flying back to your home country, packing is a struggle no student wants to face. It can be a burden deciding what to pack and what to leave behind. Not to mention having to shove all those boxes and suitcases into an already packed car.
   Fortunately, Aberdeen is a generous community with several places that accept donations. Whether it is school supplies or furniture, students can lighten their moving loads while also benefitting the local community outside of NSU.
   One local donation destination is the New Beginnings Center. According to their website, New Beginnings Center is a “group care facility licensed to serve boys and girls ages 10 to 17 who have emotional, behavioral and educational challenges.”
   New Beginnings Center accepts school supplies, such as pens, pencils, loose leaf paper, and more. Hauling little items like those to a new place of residence can be a burden, since they often get lost or destroyed during moves. Therefore, donating to the New Beginnings Center is a great way to help someone else get use out of those supplies as well as lighten your moving load. They also accept clothing donations as long as it will fit youth within the age range of 10 to 17.
   There are two ways to drop off donations. First, the NSU Bookstore has partnered with New Beginnings and has a box where donations are accepted from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday.
   The second method of dropping off donations is by contacting New Beginnings and planning a drop off time sometime between 9am and 3pm Monday through Friday at their building located at 1601 Milwaukee Ave SE.
   Another Aberdeen donation location is Safe Harbor. According to their website, Safe Harbor “provides shelter and resources for women, children and men in crisis situations.”
   At this point in time, they are only accepting specific donation items, including hygiene products (new condition), cleaning products and supplies, and garbage bags. A complete list of items accepted can be found at: http://safeharborsd.org/get-involved/wish-list/. Safe Harbor accepts donations Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm at their building located at 310 S Kline St.

Whether simply moving across town or flying back to your home country, packing is a struggle no student wants to face. … Fortunately, Aberdeen is a generous community with several places that accept donations.

   The Salvation Army is another organization that welcomes donations and offers a plethora of services to community members. The Aberdeen area Salvation Army’s main office is located at 1003 6th Ave SW. They accept donations Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4pm.
   The main office accepts new non-perishable food products (canned or boxed food items). Several students have leftover canned or boxed foods, and it’s no fun to pack and move these bulky items, so why not donate them to an organization that will use them to feed those in need in the Aberdeen community?
   The Salvation Army Thrift Store, at 1025 6th Ave SW, accepts all non-food items, including gently used clothing, furniture, lamps, games, rugs, books, etc. Donations are accepted 9am to 4pm everyday. The drop off is located in the back of the building.
   The Goodwill is another good spot for donations. According to their website, “When you donate your stuff to Goodwill, you create opportunities for individuals in your community looking to find a job and build skills, including veterans and military families, single mothers and many others.” Goodwill accepts donations of clothing, furniture, housewares, books, shoes, purses, etc. They also recycle computers, cardboard, plastic, and paper. Anything that cannot be resold is recycled, keeping it out of the landfills.
   The Goodwill accepts donations Monday through Saturday from 9am to 9pm and Sundays from 10am to 6pm. Donations can be dropped off at their building located at 424 Co Rd 19, next to Menards on 6th Avenue. They even have a donation canopy where you can pull in your vehicle and receive help to unload it.
   With so many donation options available, you should have no problem easing your packing load.


Sabrina Mount
STAFF WRITER

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