Lenten trend: 40 bags to donate in 40 days
The challenge of ‘40 bags in 40 days’ has gone viral on Facebook, with people of the Christian faith choosing to declutter their home as a discipline during Lent. The challenge actually started a few years ago from a blogger.

An office approach
“I really like to be organized, so this whole purging thing has been great to do,” says Jessica Flygare, who works at Prosperwell Financial in Plymouth.

Many of her coworkers have committed to decluttering during Lent.

“I’m doing the pantry tonight and any food item that is nonperishable, I’m going to donate it to the local food shelf.”

Nicole Middendorf, a financial advisor at Prosperwell, is also taking part in the challenge. She mentioned the challenge on Facebook and has felt a community of support during the first week of Lent.

“Rather than, let me organize and purge it myself, you have a community of people you are doing it together and it’s more fun,” says Nicole, who says she usually gives up something during Lent.

This year, she hopes people doing the 40 bags/40 days actually learn a bigger lesson too.

“I feel this is awesome. That people are finally realizing it’s not the stuff that brings you happiness. It’s the life, the experiences, and it’s spending time with people, not money.”

Donations surge
At Arc’s Value Village locations, donations usually surge during spring as people begin their spring cleaning. This year, store managers believe this new trend may have something to do with the increased donations.

“We love to be the recipient of these donations, so we are very happy with the 40 bags/40 days,” says Molly King, marketing director with Arc’s Value Village stores.

The stores rely on donations to stock their five locations, and sell those donations to support funding programs for people with developmental disabilities.

“This is a season where people are considering giving up something and this is a season where you can give something up and help your neighbor.”

Shannon Slatton, reporting
on Twitter: @sslatton

March 9, 2017


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