A Belated Day of Good Deeds

Today I will finally:

Drop off the diapers at the homeless shelter

Drop off the old cell phones at the Cellphones for Soldiers drop-off nearby

Drop off the dog beds we spent way too much on and go unused to the Women’s Humane Society

Pickup the last item for my care package for the Reddit Gifts for the Teachers event

A Simple Gift

We’ve been having a problem lately with Bella peeing through her diapers overnight. We tried going up a size (the common suggestion), but no luck. So we decided to try some other brands.

When Bella was a newborn, she used Pampers all the time. But when she get a little bigger and had to switch to the sizes that contained “Dry Max”, she started getting horrible rashes. She was apparently allergic to something in the diapers. This is not completely uncommon, we just gave the diapers to my in-laws who were watching their grandson at the time.

So we’re trying different diapers again and I decide to give Pampers another try because the label now said it used “Baby Dry” for absorption. Well, it must be nearly the same thing or the exact same thing that was in the diapers with Dry Max because it gave Bella a horrible rash that we’re actually having a hard time getting rid of. (After Desitin Maximum Strength and Boudreaux’s, I think our next attempt will be Aquaphor). After that, we may have to accept that the Huggies we bought are irritating her as well. Grr.

Anyway, so I now have two almost completely full packages of Pampers sitting around. I decided that rather than letting them go to waste, I would look for a Homeless Shelter in the area so that I could donate the diapers there. It’s a small gesture, but I’m sure it will mean something to someone who has fallen on hard times. To find shelters in your area, here is the resource that I used:

The Homeless Shelter Directory provides Homeless Shelters and Homeless Service Organizations. This includes all resources necessary to help the needy.

The directory was created for people who want to find and donate food and/or supplies to their local shelter.

Volunteer Opportunities are also needed at most shelters. I have listed contact information for volunteering at these shelters.

The Start of Something Good

R and I have been reorganizing our attic this summer. The justification was so that he could crawl around to install hardwired smoke/CO2 detectors. But once we had all our belongings in the basement and surveyed all that had been sitting and collecting dust, we decided we need to do a BIG sort.

I sorted my clothes quickly as well as some of our old bedding. I asked on FB what I should do with it, and the always awesome Stace said to contact Good Donor. I scheduled a pickup and the items were off to better homes. We have another pickup scheduled for next week now that R has finished sorting his clothes (he has more than I do, it’s kind of ridiculous).

Our other issue was old technology. We wanted to get rid of it and either make some money (funds are INCREDIBLY tight for us right now) or find a worthwhile cause. I think that I have found that cause in Cell Phones for Soldiers. I don’t like war. Not even a little bit. I especially don’t like the “conflicts” the U.S. has gotten into lately in areas of “interest” (Darfur does NOT fall under this category apparently). But I absolutely 100% support the men and women who are willing to sacrifice their lives for the freedoms I am able to enjoy. Cell Phones for Soldiers is just a small way to show a little appreciation.

Remember, there is ALWAYS someone less fortunate than you. If you would like to be added to this page, please send me a message.


Cell Phones for Soldiers (CPFS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides cost-free communication services to active duty military members and veterans. The organization was founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old, with only $21. CPFS relies on generous donors for cash contributions and funds raised by the recycling of used cell phones.

Cell Phones for Soldiers Fast Facts

  • In 2011, Cell Phones for Soldiers shared 690,000 communication tools with military families, providing more than 41 million minutes of talk time.
  • The program collected and recycled 1.5 million phones in 2011.
  • Since 2004, Cell Phones for Soldiers has provided more than 150 million minutes of free talk time.
  • Since 2004, nearly 10 million cell phones have been recycled, reducing the impact on landfills.
  • Approximately 12,000 calling cards are mailed each week.
  • A $5 donation warrants 2.5 hours of talk time; a $100.00 donation gives 50 hours or 3,000 minutes of talk time.
  • There are approximately 15,000 collection points across the nation.


Good Donor is the FIRST supply and donor management service. Specifically designed to be used by household goods donation programs, Good Donor helps lower solicitation costs while providing an easy to use donor management system. With Good Donor’s suite of tools, charities and thrift stores can easily manage donor and donation information, truck routing and marketing efforts.

Some of the benefits of using Good Donor include generating an increase in clothing and household goods donations, profitably providing household donation pickup and building loyal relationships with donors.