Every Thursday, a truck makes its way through Prince Albert, picking up a wide range of donated items, benefiting people with intellectual disabilities.
“It all stays in Saskatchewan — our employees are all here in Saskatchewan,” Saskatchewan Institute on Community Living operations manager Jackie Mitchell said.
These proceeds go toward efforts centred on helping people with intellectual disabilities and their families.
These efforts includes a Best Buddies program, which fosters friendships between young adults with intellectual disabilities and University of Saskatchewan students with similar interests and Fusion Inclusion, a youth-driven initiative where people meet to focus on what they can do rather than what they can’t.
An employment opportunities program and various other initiatives fill out a wide-reaching range of programming.
Donations sought include clothing, household items, books, games and whatever else people wish to part with.
During weekly trips to Prince Albert, the truck tends to focus on a specific area of the city, driving to the addresses of people who scheduled pickups beforehand.
Items are left at the end of driveways, or at their doorstep.
This Thursday’s pickup will take place in the east hill area, though Mitchell notes that they do special out-of-area pickups, as well.
“We always ask people to either bag it or box it,” Mitchell said of donations, adding that sharp items should be boxed. “You’d be surprised how many times I’ve pulled up a bag and it had a knife in it.”
All items are dropped off at Value Village, where donations are weighed and a corresponding payment is given to the Saskatchewan Institute on Community Living.
Those interested in booking a pickup for a Thursday can contact the organization at 1-877-477-2171, or 763-8222.
A few bins outside of Sarcan Recycling, at 3865 Fifth Ave. E., are available for drop-offs weeklong, though only clothing is accepted at this location.
Their website is located at www.communitylivingpickup.ca.