Judge Luann Cooperrider

Judge Luann Cooperrider

I come to you as your Perry County Probate and Juvenile Judge where it is my privilege to serve the good folks of Perry County.

During the COVID periods many people found themselves at home more and also working from home as well. Many people came to the conclusion that they had too much “stuff.”

As probate judge I often talk to families of loved ones who pass and they wonder what to do with their things. I am sure you have had the conversation with younger generations who have no interest in inheriting the things amassed by their baby boomer parents or grandparents such as silver and crystal dishes, fondue sets, matching lamps from Disney and the furniture to hold all the dishes their parents gave them! Many younger people have many things as well but often in the form of digital purchases, apps, memberships and things that can be stored electronically.

Often the hardest part of parting with things is choosing what items must go. Some things may have sentimental value. I still have some things from my college days and I still have John’s favorite sweatshirt. I have a quilt that was my grandma’s, but do I need her green jello dish?

Finding homes for donated things may be the challenge. We know that Goodwill stores will often take things that you would give to a friend. Goodwill was founded in 1802 by a Boston minister who collected goods for the rich, hired the poor to mend them, and then sold them back to the rich or gave them to the poor. There are more than 3,000 Goodwill stores today across the United States.

How about Wands for Wildlife? Do you have old, unusable mascara wands in your bathroom? Wands for Wildlife is a nonprofit that uses the old mascara wands to comb away dirt, fleas, ticks and larvae from the wings of birds and the fur of animals.

St. Jude’s Ranch for Children will accept greeting cards, used or new that you mail to them at St. Jude’s St., Boulder City, NV 89005. How about that wedding dress hanging in your attic or somewhere in your house? Check out stillwhite.com

How about your old bras? Bra Recyclers, a Phoenix-based company has sent over four million bras to homeless shelters, schools, foster programs and non-profits all over the world. For girls in developing countries, they make it possible to play sports and attend school without feeling uncomfortable.

There are many junk removal services that have popped up as well as the need continues for people to remove unwanted items or for purposes of cleaning out homes after a death.

Junk King, College Hunks and Junkluggers are just a few. Other organizations that just might come for your stuff include Habitat for Humanity ReStores (air conditioners, home goods etc.) and Pickup Please (helps American Veterans). Credit and thanks to Patricia Marx for providing information in her article “Getting Rid of It” published in the New Yorker magazine.

Grandma’s green jello dish is still available for pickup to a nice home. As always please feel free to contact me. It is an honor to serve the people of Perry County.

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