GREEN In 2017, Green Good Neighbors provided services to more than 500 families in the Green area and in December alone, 264 families participated in its Children’s Christmas Giveaway program.
And while the numbers of those in need may be rising, Green Good Neighbors has been giving since 1968.
"We have been so blessed – the community support is really amazing and we are so grateful," said Green Good Neighbors volunteer, Beth Steenwyk of the organization, an outgrowth of a national movement that was founded in 1957.
A recent donation policy change, in fact, reflects that level of local giving.
"It’s a fairly typical cycle and at the end of winter that people donate in the spring," Steenwyk said. "So we just want people to donate things that are in season and gently used."
The primary issue, Steenwyk said, is storage space. Items can be dropped off at the group’s donation shed at the Greensburg United Methodist Church, 2161 Greensburg Road, but in addition to no longer accepting out of season clothes, shoes, and home décor, Green Good Neighbors cannot accept electronics - including TVs and computers, sports equipment, luggage, cars seats, cribs, books, magazines, VHS tapes, or metal hangers.
The Green Good Neighbors website at www.good-neighbors.org goes on to note that the group will continue to accept in-season clothing and shoes, kitchen and bath linens, small kitchen appliances, kitchenware, diapers and small baby equipment, toys, new and unopened food items, and new personal care products. The group is also unable to repair, clean, mend or launder donations, the site states.
Arrangements to donate large furniture can be made by calling 330-899-9880 from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays.
"We are blown away with the community's generosity," Steenwyk said. "We are so thankful for their donations and support. But because we just don't have the room to store out of season things."