Originally Published: July 7, 2018 6 a.m.
A desire to continue to reduce the amount of stuff I’ve been lugging around the western United States for the past 10 years has led me to a number of thrift stores, all of which have graciously accepted everything I have donated.
When I was in Truckee, California, where I was the managing editor for the Sierra Sun newspaper, I would donate stuff to Tahoe Forest Gift and Thrift. I chose that particular place, largely because sales from the gift and thrift store help support hospice programs associated with Tahoe Forest Hospital Foundation.
I will forever be in the debt of the hospice workers, who cared for the mother of my two girls in the final days of her life before she passed away in November 2011 at our home in Grants Pass, Oregon, after a long battle with esophageal cancer.
While those hospice workers in Grants Pass were associated with a different organization than the folks at Tahoe Forest, I figured donating in Truckee was a good thing. After all, there’s no way I could ever repay the folks in Grants Pass for what they did.
But I could try. Plus, I had a lot of stuff to donate, because as people who read my last column know, Cindy (the mother of my two girls), collected just about anything and everything through the years.
When I arrived in Prescott Valley, I took stock of the stuff that was left. Lots of stuff, still. I then targeted the Goodwill for initial donations because it seemed to be a good way to go. I wrote about my trips to the Goodwill in Prescott and received some nice feedback from folks in the area, and as far away as the Midwest.
One person, locally, suggested I also donate stuff to the Salvation Army in downtown Prescott. I heeded that person’s suggestion, and last week dropped off some stuff to a couple of guys who were working the drop-off area in the alley behind the Salvation Army store at 237 S. Montezuma St.
The donation was small by previous standards, in part because I’m starting to run out of stuff to donate. Finally. But my hope is that the Salvation Army folks are able to sell the stuff, and put whatever money they raise to good use.
So if anybody is looking for some unopened Kobe Bryant or Shaquille O’Neal Mattel puzzles in pristine condition, then the Salvation Army is the place to go. That wasn’t the only stuff included in the donation, but the puzzles do carry the most significant name value – even if you are a Phoenix Suns fan.
And, as luck would have it I found myself on Whiskey Row. What a coincidence. Yeah, OK. So after dropping off the stuff, I then headed to Matt’s Saloon and toasted my latest donation with a tall boy of Pabst Blue Ribbon.
The “World’s Oldest Rodeo” was also in town, so Matt’s was packed. Not a bad way to spend a day in Prescott.