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Ugh! Don’t you hate summer colds? I ended up using a full box of tissues and then some! That made me appreciate just how fortunate I was, and how easy it was for my family to purchase more. But what is it like for the poor, both here in the US, and overseas? There is a surprisingly important donation need for both tissues and handkerchiefs.
Food Banks, Homeless Shelters, deployed military, local elementary schools, church nurseries, preschools, and yes! even animal rescue centers, all need facial tissues, especially with cold and flu season beginning. And now after Hurricane Harvey, there is an even greater need.
When I was young (gosh way back in the 50’s!) we used handkerchiefs. I always remember my dad carrying one. He would use it for any mishap that I, or my siblings would have by soothing our tears, or dabbing onto a scrape. My mother and Aunts would even crochet beautiful lace edgings on their special hankies.
But times have changed, and no one uses handkerchiefs much any more. US charities do have a need for facial tissues. But in third-world countries that receive our donations such as Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, facial tissues are quickly used and discarded. That adds to their garbage problem, as they often have no trash removal available.
So depending on your charity needs, both tissues and handkerchiefs are wonderful to donate. Scroll to the bottom of the post to find a list of places that would love to receive them!
Here are the best online sites I found to purchase facial tissues and handkerchiefs:
I would recommend only getting 100% cotton (absorbent).
* Amazon: I like ordering from Amazon – I have free shipping with prime, but most items ship free at $25+ (These Geoffrey Beene ones would also be great to tuck into a Christmas stocking!)
Here are these fun Geoffrey Beene stripe set. 15″ square, pk of 13.
Here is the Geoffrey Beene red plaid, 15″ square (pk of 13).
Now for a plain white pack of 13. These are larger at 16″ square. Could be fun to embroider if you wanted to make them special!
* Walmart has something similar HERE for a 12 pack.
* Here is a white 9 pack from Kohls. (15.5″ square) Right now they are having a BUY ONE GET ONE 1/2 OFF SALE! I love the tone on tone stripes. Order ONLINE and have free pickup at the store!
* Here are also some white packs from Macy’s, and also JCPenney’s. They do they cost a little more, but would be competitively priced if you use current discount coupons.
Bandanas are also a wonderful choice. I found these at 2 for $1 at Dollar Tree in red and blue and a larger 20″ square). Such great uses for these! I’ve even wrapped a cold wet bandana around my neck while hiking in 95 degree temps. But they also could be used as a kerchief, or made into a tote, skirt or belt.
I also like to order online at Dollar Tree – it saves me a frustrated trip! You can order them online and have them shipped FREE to your store.
CVS and Walgreens often have great deals with coupons in-store on tissues. But what if you need to purchase in bulk?
I found the best deals at Dollar Tree and again – purchase online, ship them to your local store and they will have everything waiting for you to pickup FREE. This saves time hunting for what you need!
Individual small cube boxes are great are here are some from Scottie.
Small personal packs of 10 tissues each are perfect for hygiene kits, homeless blessing bags or military donations. Here is an 8 pack and here is a 6 pack but has My Little Pony and Paw Patrol designs!
Here are some charities that would love donations of tissues and handkerchiefs:
Check with your local food banks, shelters, elementary schools, Church nurseries and pre-schools. Tissues run out rather quickly in schools and teachers are stretched to provide so many other supplies. Deployed troops could use them as well. Consider slipping a handkerchief into a card for a senior in a nursing home. ALSO: Currently there are many local programs that are collecting items to send to churches in Texas to distribute to Hurricane victims.
- Carolina Wildlife Center (yes! even wildlife rescues need tissues!)
- Operation Gratitude (for deployed troops)
- Operation Courage (for military women)
- If you include in your Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift
- Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation
And if you have any used mascara wands, HERE is a wildlife charity that would LOVE them!
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