Do you Freecycle? You damned well SHOULD!
The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 4,502 groups with 5,275,000 members across the globe. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer (them’s good people). Membership is free.
But it’s so much MORE than that. The people who Freecycle aren’t just people trying to get things for free. Some of those people are 100% GIVERS…and not just of items, but of their time, and of themselves.
When I checked out Freecycle the first time, it seemed like a great place to do some spring cleaning. I’ve given away everything from fencing and vinyl siding to bed frames and coffee tables to people who don’t just want them…they need them, for whatever reason. I’ve given computer parts, and went to people’s homes to install them, upgrade them, or just do maintenance on someone’s computer simply because they had no funds, and no clue what to do, and I have the time and skill to do so. I’ve also taken a few books and a pane of glass that people had wanted to get off their hands.
A few days ago, I asked for something, for the first time. It wasn’t for me. It was for a young couple I know that has a baby on dialysis. The baby just turned one year old, and can’t get a kidney replacement until he is at least two years old. The baby is on home dialysis 12 hours a day, and has to be feed through a tube. The equipment needed to accomplish all this at home fills an entire bedroom. One WITHOUT central air, or a window unit. With temperatures here reaching 100 degrees daily, the room is impossible to cool adequately, and the formula was clabbering within the IV bags within 2 hours, and the mother was constantly checking, changing, and worrying about it souring , so she could never sleep. Can you imagine?
My request was straight forward and read like this:
Wanted: working 110 A/C/ for infant on dialysis
infant under 1 yr old receives dialysis at home and there is no a/c in
the room. the child must be fed milk from a tube and the milk is
clabbering within two hours from the heat.
Within a few hours, I had made arrangements to receive a brand NEW window unit for this beautiful, wondrous, angelic child who needed it so desperately. I can’t begin to tell you the load of relief it gave to them mother.
The generosity of people never ceases to amaze me, and I am constantly blessed with being witness to things like this. I’ve seen family’s lose everything due to fires and tornadoes, and the people who Freecycle will get more to them, faster than the Salvation Army or Red Cross ever thought about.
Try Freecycle. You may not think you have anything anyone would want or need, then suddenly while scrolling through your group you;ll see something someone needs and say to yourself “Hey! “I’ve got that, and not using it!”. You never know just how big a difference the littlest thing can make in someone else’s life.