Roses to all those who think green by donating gently used items to the many planned tag sales, and to local organizations such as the ThriftMart and the Healing the Children thrift shop in New Milford, and the Visiting Nurse Association Northwest's thrift shop in New Preston, among others.

It's good to know so many people pass along goods when they are done with them. Unfortunately, some people don't think before they donate and ask themselves "Would I buy this and put this in my home?"

If the answer is "no," it may be best to take the item elsewhere, perhaps to the town's recycling center, where it can be disposed of properly.

Thorns to the individual or individuals who recently disposed of dirty, animal-hair covered, bulky furniture at the ThriftMart in New Milford.

Donations of gently used goods are appreciated, but bulky items in poor condition are not.

Individuals who would like to donate to the ThriftMart should take note of what the organization accepts: clean, wearable clothing and reusable household items.

A list of items not accepted is posted on the door of the ThriftMart. The ThriftMart, which is celebrating its 60th year, has given out more than $2.2 million in scholarships and donations since 1989, all paid with money raised by selling gently used household items and clothing, as reported in a recent story in The Greater New Milford Spectrum.

Donations are accepted Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the 146 Danbury Road store. For more information, call 860-350-2153.