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07-29-2015 06:48 PM

Since everyone on here makes stuff, do you get asked by people to donate items for auctions or raffles? Got a random message the other day on etsy asking if I would donate something to some random charity/organization but didn’t provide a link or anything about their organization or event. I usually help out with some stuff locally so I didn’t respond, just wondering if you all donate stuff to charities or anything.

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#1 posted 07-29-2015 08:09 PM

I donate items to local charities that I choose. If asked by someone who I don’t know or I don’t know anything about their charity, I don’t donate. The reason being that I have no idea who they are or if the items are really going where they’re intended. At least with local charities, I know where things went and who is enjoying them.

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#2 posted 07-29-2015 08:16 PM

I also donate to local charities and only local charities that I am familiar with

-- Always remember you're unique, just like everyone else

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#3 posted 07-29-2015 08:22 PM

I donate to almost any LOCAL charity that is reputable. I am of the “pay it forward” school of woodworking.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#4 posted 07-29-2015 08:23 PM

I don’t but my wife makes me build things then gives them to a couple local for whatever you call it, raffle auction, benefit thing. Last winter she gave away a bentwood clock and some scroll work.

-- I meant to do that!

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#5 posted 07-29-2015 11:12 PM

Everything I build/make is given away. I am very partial to a couple of special churches and schools. Each of these have some type of activity to benefit a special group/s.

Friends frequently find a special Thank-You gift from me.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#6 posted 07-30-2015 12:52 AM

I used to but then the local charity stopped wanting home made items. I never got a meaningful explanation but I suspect it is a liability issue.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#7 posted 07-30-2015 12:55 AM

I donate few items a year and give away things to people here and there. It is a selfish act on my part.


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#8 posted 07-30-2015 03:11 AM

Although I have not donated any items that I have made, I have donated a couple dozen Stanley and Craftsman planes to organizations for fundraising garage sales etc.

-- Brent

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#9 posted 07-30-2015 03:15 AM

I have a couple of nonprofits I belong to that I will donate to.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#10 posted 07-30-2015 03:23 AM

I have twenty or so picture frames hanging in banks in a six county area. High school football, baseball, basketball team pics. Donate those all day long, cheap advertisement.

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#11 posted 07-30-2015 03:50 AM

My wife does most of the giving.
I usually give stuff to Habitat for Humanity and occasionally buys stuff from them as well.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#12 posted 07-30-2015 05:28 AM

I find my joy in building, not owning or selling so everything I make (except shop equipment) is for others;; family, friends, church, and school

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#13 posted 07-30-2015 10:46 AM

I tried to donate my wife but they wouldst take her. Does that count?

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#14 posted 07-30-2015 11:28 AM

I also receive many calls to donate to organizations around the country. It feels that once one of them get your name, they put it on a list for everyone else to solicit you as well. It is amazing that people will ask for donations and have no idea of what kind of work that I do. I only do personalized items and they will ask for that item with no personalization. That is not what I do.

I only give to local organizations that I feel good about and know about.

-- Jim Beachler, Chief Puzzler,

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#15 posted 08-30-2015 01:54 PM

I am the president of our local woodworkers club whose main activity is making toddlers toys for local children’s hospitals and charitable organizations like The Salvation Army and The Ronald McDonald House. We have about six members that make these toys and last year we gave away just over five thousand of them. I personally made nine hundred for this purpose. Mostly little cars, with one inch wheels (we buy the wheels). I make little critters with wheels like turtles, rabbits, whales, and ducks. I also make a lot of toy airplanes.

-- Website is

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