Donate clothes and household items to Goodwill!

The trees and vegetation, which cover the land surface of the Earth and delight the eye, are performing vital tasks incumbent upon the vegetable world in nature. Its presence is essential to earth as an organism. It is the first condition of all life; it it the ‘skin’ of the earth, for without it there can be no water, and therefore, no life.

Don’t throw away clothes and household items in the forest!

Are your unwanted items someone else’s treasure?

Around Saskatoon Goodwill locations will gladly receive your used clothing, unwanted household items, toys and games. If you or your children have outgrown their clothing or toys, consider giving them to the following charities and goodwill stores.

The trees, deers, and rabbits just do not appreciate your unwanted clothing, furniture or children’s train tracks, but there is a family in town who will support a goodwill store in their need for just such an item. Do not risk receiving a $250,000 fine for disposing of your linens, pillows, book-cases, hats, and shoes in the forest, but do support your local community groups who use the proceeds for so many good works.

You may actually visit the Saskatchewan Association for Community Living SACL, to donate clothing and household items. Additionally, throughout the City of Saskatoon, there are Yellow bins at various locations to accept your donations. This is a “win” “win” situation, as the proceeds from your donations go towards supporting those with intellectual disabilities to buy food, pay rent, etc. If you make a donation to SACL, rather than dumping your unwanted items in the forest, you make a difference in so, so many lives, you do not take the risk of receiving a $250,000 fine, and you preserve the flora and fauna in the forest.

Did you know the Clothesline and the Canadian Diabetes Association will accept your donation of clothing, any fabric items, bedding, sleeping bags, belts, and neck ties, yarn, blankets, curtains, pillows, shoes, boots. Pick up arrangements will additionally accept some household items and a few electronic items. Until July 31, 2016, there is a chance to win $5,000 travel voucher, or $500.00 Visa gift card for your donation.

Value village will gladly accept your donation of clothing and household items. Donating your items to Value Village, means that illegal dumping of trash in the forest is eliminated, the landfills are not overfilled with trash, and someone in your community can re-use these items who needs them. Value Village supports non-profit organisations and those in need abroad. Value Village accepts clothing and accessories, footwear, Kitchen utensils, small appliances, sports equipment, books and media, bed and bath linens as well as small furniture.

Or perhaps you would like to support the YWCA Opportunity Shop at 511 First Avenue North. They accept used clothing, footwear, books and media, as well as crafts and games.

The Salvation Army gives hope to others. By donating your unwanted clothing to the Salvation Army, programs and services can be funded locally. You can arrange a pick up of your clothing and other items for free, or drop them off or even arrange a community drive to collect donations of books, household items, children’s toys and games and more.

The Mennonite Central Committee receives clothing and accessories, many housewares and linens, toys and games for instance. There are also locations which take chesterfields, tables, chairs, lamps, nightstands, and book cases. Proceeds support relief, development and peace projects around the world and locally.

     Habitat for Humanity ReStore accepts items as a drop off, as a pick up, or they may even salvage items, coming to remove items from your home. The proceeds from your donations of building materials and home furnishings go to the Habitat for Humanity home building projects and support local families.

In Saskatoon there are several consignment stores who will sell your unwanted clothing and household items on your behalf. They keep a small percentage of the proceeds, and you will receive a payment for your consignment sale. Consider asking the local Humane Society if they are in need of sheets or blankets for their animal cages.

Please comment if you know of another goodwill charity who will take household items, furniture, or used clothing. These goodwill charities, listed here, use the proceeds to support programs to help families and individuals in your local community.

Please do not throw away your unwanted toys, highchairs, safety gates, clothing, footwear or clothing in the forest! The flower bloom much better without a covering of blankets. The trees in the undergrowth produce greater berries without being covered with shoes and boots. The squirrels can run up and down trees easier without piles of clothing and highchairs in the way. It is better donate your unwanted household items, and furniture to the above listed goodwill charities, and keep the forest clean! Do not risk receiving a $250,000 fine for illegal dumping in the forest, when so many good will charities will even come to your home and pick up your unwanted items for free!

“The trees and vegetation, which cover the land surface of the Earth and delight the eye, are performing vital tasks incumbent upon the vegetable world in nature.  Its presence is essential to earth as an organism.  It is the first condition of all life; it it the ‘skin’ of the earth, for without it there can be no water, and therefore, no life.”~Richard St. Barbe Baker



For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park

For directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

For more information:

Blairmore Sector Plan Report; planning for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area,  George Genereux Urban Regional Park and West Swale and areas around them inside of Saskatoon city limits

P4G Saskatoon North Partnership for Growth The P4G consists of the Cities of Saskatoon, Warman, and Martensville, the Town of Osler and the Rural Municipality of Corman Park; planning for areas around the afforestation area and West Swale outside of Saskatoon city limits

Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada north of Cedar Villa Road, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city. 52° 06′ 106° 45′
Part SE 23-36-6 – Afforestation Area – 241 Township Road 362-A
Part SE 23-36-6 – SW Off-Leash Recreation Area (Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area ) – 355 Township Road 362-A
S ½ 22-36-6 Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area (West of SW OLRA) – 467 Township Road 362-A
NE 21-36-6 “George Genereux” Afforestation Area – 133 Range Road 3063
Wikimapia Map: type in Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Google Maps South West Off Leash area location pin at parking lot
Web page:
Where is the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area? with map
Where is the George Genereux Urban Regional Park (Afforestation Area)? with map

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Facebook Group Page: Users of the George Genereux Urban Regional Park

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Facebook: South West OLRA

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Please help protect / enhance your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail)

Support the afforestation areas with your donation or membership ($20.00/year).  Please donate by paypal using the e-mail friendsafforestation AT, or by using e-transfers  Please and thank you!  Your donation and membership is greatly appreciated.  Members e-mail your contact information to be kept up to date!

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What was Richard St. Barbe Baker’s mission, that he imparted to the Watu Wa Miti, the very first forest scouts or forest guides?  To protect the native forest, plant ten native trees each year, and take care of trees everywhere.

“We stand in awe and wonder at the beauty of a single tree. Tall and graceful it stands, yet robust and sinewy with spreading arms decked with foliage that changes through the seasons, hour by hour, moment by moment as shadows pass or sunshine dapples the leaves. How much more deeply are we moved as we begin to appreciate the combined operations of the assembly of trees we call a forest.”~Richard St. Barbe Baker



“St. Barbe’s unique capacity to pass on his enthusiasm to others. . . Many foresters all over the world found their vocations as a result of hearing ‘The Man of the Trees’ speak. I certainly did, but his impact has been much wider than that. Through his global lecture tours, St. Barbe has made millions of people aware of the importance of trees and forests to our planet.” Allan Grainger

“The science of forestry arose from the recognition of a universal need. It embodies the spirit of service to mankind in attempting to provide a means of supplying forever a necessity of life and, in addition, ministering to man’s aesthetic tastes and recreational interests. Besides, the spiritual side of human nature needs the refreshing inspiration which comes from trees and woodlands. If a nation saves its trees, the trees will save the nation. And nations as well as tribes may be brought together in this great movement, based on the ideal of beautifying the world by the cultivation of one of God’s loveliest creatures – the tree.” ~ Richard St. Barbe Baker.

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