Several years ago at the Green Festival in Chicago, I became acquainted with Creative Pitch and their mission of reusing, reclaiming and redistributing unwanted art and design items to help art students and teachers, therapy programs and non-profits unable to purchase these materials.
So I was very happy to hear that Creative Pitch will be partnering with Whole Foods Market this winter as a One Dime At A Time recipient. Periodically Whole Foods partners with a local non-profit organization for the opportunity to be a One Dime at a Time recipient, a program that allows Whole Foods customers the choice to take $.10 off their purchase when they shop with a recyclable bag and donate the refund to a local cause.
For five weekends from October 6 to November 3, the South Loop, Northalsted, Lakeview, Gold Coast and Kingsbury Whole Foods locations will be collecting used art supplies for donation to Creative Pitch.
I don't know about you, but oddly in our house, among the recycled cereal boxes, paper tubes and bottlecaps, we often find ourselves with duplicates of basic art supplies. Maybe something gets lost and we replace it too soon, but what better idea than to share the bounty with students and teachers who could really use these items.
So don't toss those incomplete sets of markers, crayons, glue sticks, and paint brushes your kids no longer need; and why not throw in a few of those endless collage items that might just wind up in your vacuum?
For a complete list of needed items and what not to drop off see this list.
-photo credit: Cali4beach, flickr