If you’re really feeling the holiday spirit, here are some ideas for passing it along. If you’re not feeling it, maybe this is what you need to get into the spirit. Either way, you can declutter and someone else will benefit.
COATS Through December 15, the Mt. Lebanon Police Association is collecting winter coats, hats, scarves and other outerwear for the Salvation Army. The collection bin is located in the basement lobby of the public safety center, 555 Washington Road. The lobby is open 24/7.
TOYS Through December 13, the Marine Corps Reserve will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for its Toys for Tots program. There is a dropbox at Medical Rescue Team South Authority headquarters, 315 Cypress Way, accessible around the clock.
BOOKS Have a book group? Then you may have a pile of books you’ll never read again. This year, ask members to bring all the books they don’t want any more to your December meeting. Box them for local nursing homes—Asbury Heights on Bower Hill Road and Baptist Homes on Castle Shannon Boulevard are among several that accept donations—or give them to Book ‘Em, a volunteer organization that sends books to prisoners in Pennsylvania and around the U.S. Drop books at Thomas Merton Center, 5129 Penn Avenue, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mondays,Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays or 4 to 7 p.m., Sundays.