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    Where Can I Donate My Items?

    Donating your new and used items to charity is a great way to support your local community! Here’s a list of several donation centers, and guidelines about what they accept. ROCKFORD HABITAT FOR HUMANITY RESTORE Tel: 815-713-3184 We accept items like: furniture, cabinets, tools, appliances, doors, windows, lumber, sinks, electrical and plumbing supplies. Here’s a complete list of accepted ReStore donations. SALVATION ARMY – FAMILY STORES Tel: 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825) Commonly donated items include: clothing, furniture, household goods, appliances and color televisions. Proceeds are used to fund Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers, where those in the grip of addiction find help, hope, and a second chance at life. GOODWILL They Accept:…

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    “So Why Do You Do It?” by John Hargrove

    “So Why Do You Do It?” As a fairly new member of the retired fraternity of Rockford, I was told by many friends, both working and retired, that I might find it hard to “stay busy” in retirement. My first reaction to such warning comments was “you’ve got to be kidding.” I had just finished a rewarding 42 year management career in retail, and my last concern was worrying about how I might fill up each day in retirement. After a few months of well deserved leisure time, which included the reading of several books, dabbling in some family history research, and in general not being tied so closely to…

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    A safe, stable home to call one’s own- Michael’s Story.

    We walk into the apartment and our eyes immediately fall on two little girls in matching red shirts. One of the girls, Aryana, tells us she and her sister are in kindergarten. Made brave by this announcement, she draws out a beat-up, beet-red toy cell phone from a holster near her hip and hands it to me to admire. I tell her that it’s nicer than my phone, and her laugh reveals a front-tooth-less grin. Her dad, Michael, a clearly kind and gentle soul, tenderly tells the girls that the adults need to sit down to talk. As we gather around the living room, the girls continue to periodically come…