Aston, PA – A new, more efficient and “green” way to donate to veterans makes its debut later this month with the arrival of the first GreenDrop Charitable Donations Center in Aston.
This new breed of charitable donation center, located at 240 Pennell Road, is a repurposed former Exxon gas station located at Aston’s hub – Five Points – bringing new jobs, additional tax revenues, and an easy, new way for the Aston community to recycle clothing, blankets, small appliances and housewares in both a responsible and charitable way.
Items donated at the new GreenDrop Charitable Donations Center benefit Purple Heart Veterans funding programs, services, welfare, rehabilitation and education initiatives for all veterans of the United States Armed Forces.
“Our new GreenDrop Charitable Donations Center is the first of its kind, and we intend for it to serve as a model for additional donation centers in the future,” said Brad Connard, Director of GreenDrop. “Aston’s new GreenDrop Charitable Donations Center provides the community a convenient, clean, safe, professionally-staffed and managed location to donate their lightly-used clothing and household goods in an environmentally-friendly manner, while simultaneously benefitting all our service men and women.
“The model we have created for GreenDrop Charitable Donations Center is simple – drive up, drop off, done,” Connard said. “Our debut location in Aston is clean, bright and well-maintained. It is situated at the intersection of five main roads through Delaware County. Our attendants will unload goods from the donor’s vehicle and provide the donor with a tax-deductible receipt – it is fast, safe, and hassle free. Additionally, we provide a channel for donor’s to ‘go green’ with their unwanted goods, keeping them out of already-saturated landfills.”
Aston’s GreenDrop Charitable Donations Center provides an alternative to the over-stuffed, unsightly collection boxes in shopping center parking lots. GreenDrop is well-managed and professionally-staffed, with convenient operating hours seven days a week. GreenDrop staff will greet each donor with speed and courtesy, while neatly and safely placing all donated goods within the GreenDrop collection center.
“We are proud Aston has been selected to be home to the first GreenDrop Charitable Donations Center,” said Paula Turnbach, Aston Township Code Officer. “This new way to donate to our beloved veterans while helping our community ‘Go Green’ is a perfect fit for Aston and we look forward to this location contributing in so many positive ways.”
Not only do donors receive a tax receipt of their charitable donation to Purple Heart Veterans, Aston’s GreenDrop Charitable Donations Center provides a safe and secure environment with 24-7 video security monitoring the center to assure each donation is properly handled and professionally stored until pick-up by the Purple Heart trucks that routinely visit the surrounding neighborhoods. The donation center is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Additionally, GreenDrop staff can coordinate “house calls” for those donors who have too many goods to bring to the donation center.
“We understand many people need the convenience of scheduling a door-to-door pick-up for their donated items,” said Connard. “GreenDrop staff will coordinate these pick-ups at the donation center or the donor can set it up at our website, GreenDropCenter.org. Our goal is to make it fast and easy for every donor to help our veterans and receive a tax receipt acknowledging their generosity.”
According to Stephen Ruckman, Chief Financial Officer for the Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation, Inc., “We are pleased to partner with GreenDrop Charitable Donations Center to provide the people of Aston and surrounding communities an opportunity to make a charitable donation benefitting so many veterans programs. As a Congressionally chartered national veteran’s service organization, Purple Heart’s mission is to provide funding for many programs and services our veterans desperately need, particularly in this challenging economic climate. GreenDrop Charitable Donations Center is a great way for our group to raise awareness of our veterans’ needs in Aston and other surrounding communities.”
A second GreenDrop Charitable Donations Center is scheduled to open in Westtown, PA in early March.
Additional details about GreenDrop are available at http://www.GreenDropCenter.org.