Pickups for Breast Cancer is a South Florida-based program that accepts donations of clothing, furniture and household items. The organization will come to you to pick up the items so you don’t even have to leave the house. New this year, a pick-up service designed to get entire groups of people involved in the donation process.
It works like this: Schedule a pick-up date for your office, home, apartment complex or school with Pickups for Breast Cancer. Then ask your friends, family, co-workers or neighbors to drop off their lovingly used items at the designated location. Pickups for Breast Cancer will then come and collect them! Mike Arena of the FBCF Donation Pickups Program suggests collecting bags of clothing and shoes because they are the easiest to transport and bring the foundation great value.
Asking those around you to donate helps spread awareness for breast cancer. “Group pickups get the masses talking about this important topic. It may encourage one person to go get properly screened who might not have otherwise,” says Arena. On top of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and group pick-ups raising awareness and fostering action from the community, it also helps fund breast cancer research and ensures access to care. Arena states that although more research is obviously still needed, the money raised by breast cancer foundations has made a huge impact.
October is the beginning of the group pick-ups program, but it certainly isn’t the end. Group pick-ups will continue to be offered from here on out. “...the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation is using Breast Cancer Awareness Month to kick off our group pickup program. Our goal is to have many advocates pushing for their organizations to support this cause all year long,” Arena says.
Pickups can be scheduled by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “I want to schedule a group pickup” along with your name, phone number and the location you’d like your group donation to be picked up.
Donations are sold at local thrift stores and proceeds go to the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation to help fund efforts toward breast cancer advocacy, education and research.