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What to do with unwanted/unneeded gifts

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Did Aunt Minnie give you a blender you don’t really need? Or did Uncle Fred present you with an iPod like the one you already have? Maybe you got a newer version of a computer or cellphone? Or a sweater you don’t like.

Don’t throw away what you don’t want or need. Donate it to a Keys non-profit that could really use it.

Marathon Wild Bird Center, AIDS Help, and Heron Peacock could really use a blender. Florida Keys Outreach Coalition would love to get televisions. Habitat for Humanity needs cordless drills. And Sanctuary Friends, the Domestic Abuse Shelter, the Guidance Care Center, and the Upper Keys Humane Society are all looking for laptop computers.

You can find these groups and many more on, a local website that lists the needs of more than 30 non-profits in Monroe County. In fact, the site lists over 400 different items these groups would love to put to good use. Most can be used and the non-profits will reuse them.

“It’s astonishing to see the piles of trash in front of houses the day after Christmas,” said KeysReuse founder Michael Welber. “These trash cans often contain something that a financially stressed charity wants. Our motto is “Don’t throw it away; give it away.”

Anyone can log onto the website,, and find an extensive list of “Items” that local charitable organizations can’t afford to buy but can put to very good use. Most of the groups will pick up what you’re offering or find a way to get it. The website makes it easy to match donors and recipients and, of course, it’s all for a good cause.


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Just 4 Kids Key West schedules party

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

The Holidays In Key West Are Never With Snow, But The Bahama Village Art Center Is Bright & Beautiful With Christmas Lights Aglow! Join Us!
Friday December 21st
5:00pm Bahama Village Art Center
727 Fort Street (Fort & Petronia)
Food, Drinks & Lots Of Holiday Cheer!
Our Thanks To:
Angels Just4Kids

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Zero waste holidays with reuse

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Check out this article. If you celebrate a seasonal holiday it has some very good ideas. 

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Large TV available in Key West

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

AIDS Help has a 42″ Console TV free to anyone who would like to pick it up.

Its very heavy and will need several people to pick it up. It donated to them and they need to give it way. Excellent Condition and comes with a DVD player. which is separate from the TV. Terry at AIDS Help can e-mail a picture if needed. Contact him at


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Having a holiday party

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Use this “Shareware” from Preserve. It’s great in every way.

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TIES joins

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

An organization in the Keys that enables high school students with disabilities to learn skills to enable themselves to become independent has joined the roster of non-profits on

Called TIES, or Transition to Independence, Employment and Success Program, the group operates, among others, “More Than a Muffin” in which students learn to bake healthy muffins enabling them to work in the local tourism and food service industry.

But it gets better. The group is looking for gardening equipment because they will be growing edible items in the garden that they will use to make those muffins. TIES hopes locals will donate everything from buckets to watering cans. To see everything that TIES wants, people should log onto and search under “items.” enables residents of the Keys to view what more than 30 local non-profits need. It’s an opportunity for people to put unused or unneeded items to a good second use. The website makes it very easy to find who needs what. Most of the non-profits will come and pick up donations. People who have items to donate – from appliances to vehicles — should log on to

The website’s motto is “Don’t Throw It Away, Give It Away.”


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Computer monitor and power strip needed

Monday, November 12th, 2012

The Marathon Wild Bird Center could really use a computer monitor and one of those big older kind would be fine. So if you have one lurking in your closet please contact Kelly Grinter at They could also use a power strip for plugging in the computers and heat lamps.

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Tools needed

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Reef Relief is looking for a few things for their work within Key West Marine Park. These items include a few needle nose pliers, medium to large size tool box, ratchet/socket set, wrenches, and a couple of pairs of binoculars. Write them at if you can help out.

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Reef Relief stages environmental film festival

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Reef Relief and Tropic Cinema will host the Wild & Scenic Film Festival from 7-9:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Tropic, 416 Eaton St. The festival heme is the “Climate of Change” and features six short environmental films and documentaries. “Ice” is an environmental thriller; Gloop” is a “dark fairy tale” that explores the price we pay for the convenience of plastic. “One Plastic Beach” highlights a couple who have been removing plastic from a California beach for more than a decade. “Second Nature” explores biomimicry, the science of emulating nature’s best ideas to solve human problems. “Rising Tides” explores the effects of climate change on island populations, and “Miss South Pacific” is a documentary about a beauty pageant in which the contestants are passionate, not about world peace, but about climate change.

A reception will begin at 7 p.m. Movies start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. A new-member special is being offered for $15 and include one film festival ticket and a one-year membership to Reef Relief. Regular tickets are available at or 877-761-FILM.

New-member tickets are available at Reef Relief, 631 Greene St., or by calling 305-294-3100.

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AIDS Help needs Fantasy Fest volulnteers

Friday, September 28th, 2012

AIDS Help is in need of a few community volunteers to help with AIDS Help Fantasy Fest Parade float. They guarantee it will be a lot of fun and you’ll be giving back to the community at the same time.

Contact Mary Parmley at 305-432-7402 or e-mail her at

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