Organization Week: Donate Your Excess Scrapbook Supplies to Charity

If you’re anything like me, you may have trouble parting with scrapbook supplies — even if it helps you be more organized! 

If you’ve taken the tools organization quiz and the product organization quiz and, despite determining which supplies you can let go of, still find yourself in need of a little motivation,  what if I told you that you could put those supplies to good use in another way?

Finding a charity you feel good about helping out can make parting with your scrapbook supplies a little easier.


Not sure how to get started?  Try approaching some of your local organizations to see if they are accepting donations. Some of these organizations may include:

  • Day care centers
  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Retirement centers
  • Nursing homes
  • Art-therapy centers

You can also donate your supplies to charities specifically created to help others heal through scrapbooking.

Operation Scrapbook is a charity that accepts new or gently used scrapbooking/stamping supplies to provide scrapbooks for foster children and hospice patients.    

Mothers of Angels is a group of mothers celebrating, remembering, and supporting each other through the emotional times of losing a child. They accept supply donations from individuals and companies to help mothers survive day-to-day by offering an emotional outlet through the creative process of preserving a child’s memories.

Charity Scrapbook Buddies is a Facebook group that was set up to get the word out about crops and other scrapbook functions that help those in need.

For US military personnel, collects homemade cards for men and women in the military to send to their families. Use your excess supplies to create and donate your homemade cards. Be sure to read the guidelines posted on the home page, and then check out the blog for updates on what cards are currently most needed.

Crops of Luv is a non-profit organization founded to create scrapbooks for children to preserve the memories created as a result of participating in the wishes granted by non-profit organizations. Crops of Luv collects and puts together memory books for these children and their families, who fill them with treasured photographs and stories. You can help these families remember their fun times by donating your excess supplies.

Want more ideas about how to donate? Take a look at the March/April 2009 issue of Simple Scrapbooks for a list of additional community and non-profit organizations that will use your supplies to help others

With these and many other charities out there, desperately in need of supply donations, why not take this opportunity during Organization Week to enrich the stash of other scrapbookers who are facing the opposite problem you are?

Pull out those extra supplies and give someone else the healing experience of scrapbooking. You never know; donating to a charity and helping someone out could be your favorite part of getting organized.

What other charities or organizations have you donated to? We’d love to hear your ideas so please leave a comment for your chance to win a copy of The Organized & Inspired Scrapbooker!

Amber Ellis, online senior editor

P.S. Don’t forget that today is Free Font Friday! Download the CK Scratchy Box font for free.

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65 Responses to Organization Week: Donate Your Excess Scrapbook Supplies to Charity

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  2. Suzanne Gallagher says:

    Hi I just wanted to say that I have afew wonderful ladies who donate their old supplies to my residents craft cupboard. We are a supported accommodation facility in Brisbane Australia that supports and houses clients with a range of health issues. It’s amazing how your old supplies can make another’s day happy and bright and I love seeing their smiles when they have completed a card or project they are working on

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  5. Sharon platt says:

    Hello my name is Sharon and I came across your website as I was trying to find ideas to help my foster daughter with a scrapbooking project. She is 9 and is autistic. She is so sweet however needs to do a project like this. If you are able to help me get her supplies free of charge please email me and I can send you any and all information I can. Thanks for your support


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  9. Holly Kirchgraber says:

    I have a first grader at Holy Cross grade school. We are hosting our annual school auction on May 3rd 2014 . We need companies like yours to help make this event a success. All of the profits made will go directly towards our student’s tuition. This is what makes it affordable for us as well as it helps bring new families to our school that otherwise couldn’t attend.
    I am giving you the auction request form. It shows the different ways that you could donate. I hope that you will consider donating something for us to add into our silent auction or our live auction. We also have a Program that goes to everyone that attends, which is approximately 300 guest. It is a full color Program. Our business card size is $25.00.
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  12. Ann says:

    I volunteer twice a month with a group of ladies at a senior center. They love when I clean out my stuff and let them pick through it. Or my sister is a girl scout leader they love anything free.

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