Don't toss away that coat or scarf just because it's ripped - think about donating it instead - for a good cause.
A collection of clothing and apparel of all types - in any condition - will be from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Oak Park Public Works building, 201 South Blvd.
Items including shoes, belts, linens and towels then will be taken to Saver Thrift Stores, which sells goods for non-profits. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago.
The funds will be used to train more than 6,000 teachers and nurses to spot symptoms of epilepsy, counsel more than 2,500 children and families and send teens and youth to Camp Blackhawk near Lake Zurich, during the summer, said Janet Anderson, the foundation's business development manager.
What isn't sold will be sent to developing countries, where the materials will be recycled into insulation, rags and other things, Anderson said.
The event will be a win-win, she added.
"People will make use of the material," she said. "It'll keep items out of landfills and help the foundation. These items won't go to waste."
The foundation also offers residential pickup. Click here to learn how.
Contact the foundation at 312-939-8622 for more information.