Long & Foster Tuckahoe Gives Meaning to Clearing out Clutter

October 9, 2012

We’ve all heard the timeless saying, “You never know what you have until it’s lost.” But anyone in the process of moving would say, “You never know what you have until you move.” That’s an observation that Bill Stanley, a REALTOR® with the Long & Foster Tuckahoe office and strong supporter of Good Samaritan Ministries, made and decided to act upon. An entire market exists solely for the purpose of hauling away, disposing of, selling, or storing unneeded items rediscovered while preparing for a move. Bill decided to begin collecting some of these unwanted items from clients and donating them to Good Samaritan Ministries.
The rest of the agents and office staff at Long & Foster Tuckahoe, as well as Scott Ruth, the Managing Broker, were inspired by this idea and decided to hold a year-round, ongoing, office-wide effort to facilitate the donation of household items to local nonprofits deemed a good fit for this project. “In order to be successful, we had to concentrate our focus on a few select nonprofits and ensure that the process is as simple as possible for buyers and sellers to make donations,” Scott explained. Currently, the participating nonprofits are Good Samaritan Ministries, Goochland Free Clinic & Family Services, and CARITAS. “All three groups offered to pick up items from sellers at no cost and with one call. “You would be surprised at what sellers sometimes throw away, when quickly getting homes ready for the market,” Scott said. Information on how to make donations is now included in flyers and all listing packages from Long & Foster Tuckahoe agents. They also hold drives, placing Smartboxes by the office to facilitate drop off donations by agents and clients.
The participating nonprofits use donated items in a variety of ways; primarily selling them in low-cost consignment shops to generate revenue that funds community services.
“This recently kicked off in August, so it is just starting to take off now,” Scott said. “The cause is an excellent fit for our profession and I would love for other local REALTORS® to join us in this effort,” he added.
It may be as good a time as any to begin discovering what you no longer need, so these items can be put to good use by someone else.
To arrange donation pickups, please contact:

Good Samaritan Ministries
2307 Hull Street
Richmond, VA 23224
(804) 232-7228

Goochland Free Clinic & Family Services
2948 River Road West
Goochland, VA 23063
(804) 556-3627

1125 East Commerce Rd.
Richmond, VA 23224
Shelter: (804) 358-0964 Furniture Bank: (804) 343-5008