Some of the more observant of you will have noticed that I didn't do a post for The Gallery this week. It was about time I skipped one. I have to admit, I did feel a bit twitchy.
Another thing that's been making me twitchy these past couple of weeks is the fact that my parents have been away on holiday so I've been unable to volunteer for Save The Children. For those of you who don't know, I volunteer in one of their shops one day a week and I love it!
So, what I can do to address the balance is blog about donating to charity shops and Save The Children.
One thing I've learnt from volunteering is that we do welcome all donations. I know some people won't donate damaged clothes or clothes that are unsuitable for resale but others do.
I would urge you to donate all your clothing items to charity.
Yes, all of them.
Basically we can sell items that aren't suitable for resale straight to a 'rag man' who will pay us by the kilo for the clothing or fabric. The shop can make a few hundred pounds a month just from old rags!
What is helpful to charity shops though, is if you separate these items into a different bag and mark them clearly as rags as it will save volunteers having to sift through them. Just check with your local shop that they do sell to the rag man.
I feel extremely passionate about Save The Children and you can read all about my journey by clicking here.
At the moment there's a crisis in East Africa. Severe drought has struck and millions of children are dying through starvation - the UN are saying that this is the worst drought in 60 years. No child should be born to die.
Read more about the appeal here and please spend a minute to watch the video below.
Please, I urge you to help in any way you can. If you can't afford to donate cash right now then spend an hour or so going through your home this weekend and donating some clothes and bric a brac to your local Save The Children shop.
Don't forget the rags!