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Oceanside Firefighters Marshal Minogue, Kyle Kruthaup and James Thompson unload donated items during Donate-First Day

Inaugural Donate First Day

Oceanside CA-donate_first04_osidenews The City of Oceansides’, Green Oceanside campaign, held its inaugural  Donate-First Day.  Residents  donated gently used items such as clothes, household goods, toys, furniture and e-waste. Food was also collected for local food banks. The donated items went to local non-profits and charities. Military and senior citizens with valid ID were invited to pick up remaining donated items, for free, during the last hour of the event.

“It’s not as busy as we had hoped but it’s the first one” said Tori Baird co-founder of  HirePatriots.com. Hire Patriots and Veterans Green Projects teamed up to collect electronics , which included printers, televisions, computers even an old ceiling fan, during the event. The proceeds from the e-waste, the two groups collected, go to help veterans and their families with expenses and find work.

Austin Malott and Hank Ardens unload "e-waste" donated by Shawn Olson

Austin Malott and Hank Ardens unload “e-waste” donated by Shawn Olson

Items dropped off during the Donate-First Day were distributed charities who were on site for the event; Goodwill, Community Resource Center, Assistance League of North Coast, Oceanside Firefighter Association, Solutions for Change, Rancho Coastal Humane Society, Veterans Green E-Waste, The Hill Street Country Club, North County Food Bank and Donate Don’t Dump.

North County Earth Month is a month of free events sponsored by the City of Oceanside and North County community partners. The Green Oceanside campaign is dedicated to teaching residents and local businesses how to be better stewards of the Earth by recycling, reducing waste, composting, using water efficiently and preventing water pollution and litter. Other North County Earth Month activities include the Create to Educate Performance Showcase of students on April 25, Loma Alta Creek Cleanup on April 26, Compost Bin Design Workshop on April 26 and the North County Earth Festival on April 27. For more information about all of the exciting North County Earth Month events, please visit www.greenoceanside.org