1: benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity
2: a : generosity and helpfulness especially toward the needy or suffering; also : aid given to those in need
b : an institution engaged in relief of the poor
c : public provision for the relief of the needy
I have been living in Germany for the past 3 months and I am puzzled about the fact, that people in my neighborhood seem to move a lot and that usually, they leave most of their furniture behind on the side walk. Pretty awful sight, if you ask me, cause even before it gets dark, lots of passerby’s have poked through rejected belongings and boxes. Of course I don’t know for sure if the stuff is broken or not, but what does that mean when you move out and don’t take your stuff with you? Is it because renting a truck, or hiring a moving company is more expensive than buying new stuff? Or is it just too much trouble to organize and carry the stuff with you? What ever the reason may be, here is my real question, why don’t they donate their unwanteds to charity? There are so many organizations and churches who will come to collect, fix, display and sell the furniture for a bargain in their depots (open not just to the poor but to everyone!)…
Do we really need to create more trash with our consumerism/laziness? Can’t we recycle and provide others with an opportunity not just to find furnishings but also to establish a home?
When we left Greece, we called all sorts of charity organizations, who came and helped us and were helped by us in the process. It not only saved us time, energy and the logistics, but gave them the chance to fund their causes.
So, don’t throw your stuff on the street, check for local groups and support them!
And there is a saying… One man’s trash is another man’s treasure!
(I shop there too!!!!)