Column: Spring cleaning for a cause


By Devynn Barnes

No cluttered closet stood a chance. Dusty attics, you were warned. Spring cleaning has come and gone, and for many households, left a pile of unwanted clothing and household items in its wake. A garage sale may seem like a good way to solve this problem, but will still likely result in a mix of items lingering around. These items can be put to good use, however, and positively affect Boone County families’ lives with a little help from The Caring Center in Lebanon.

The Caring Center is a not-for-profit organization accepting all kinds of donations, giving “a chance for every family in Boone County to be self-sufficient.” The center is home to a food and clothing pantry as well as a furniture bank, the contents of all of which goes directly to needy families in Boone County.

Theresa Hanners, executive director of The Caring Center, says that the donations make a huge difference in the lives of the needy families.

“This year we served 81 families a week for food and about 20 families a week for clothing,” Hanners said. With such a large demand, the need for donations this summer is high.

“I know school just got out, but we are looking forward to getting the kids back in school, and we’re always looking for children’s clothing kindergarten to 12th grade,” Hanners said. Hanners also mentioned that The Caring Center is always accepting food items and appreciates donations to the food pantry, as well.

This summer, the remnants of your spring cleaning and garage sales can have another life and go directly to helping a family in need. The Caring Center even offers furniture pickups on Wednesdays and Fridays, which can be scheduled in advance by phone. Donation drop-offs can be done anytime during operational hours at the Lebanon location, 1230 Ransdell Court right off of Ind. 32. The Caring Center hours as well as more information about family programs can be found at The Caring Center can also be contacted at 765-482-2020.