North County Water & Sports Therapy Center March 2019

DONATE WITH CARE THE RIGHT WAY TO DONATE AFTER SPRING-CLEANING

Mattresses

Expired medications

Spring is in the air, and it’s time to celebrate with another round of spring- cleaning. Banish the clutter and make room in your life for something new! Many charities see a sharp increase in donations as spring-cleaning season

Carpets

Old TVs

Tangled cords or phone chargers Any broken, damaged, or dirty items

Cribs

Loose remote controls

Personal care items, like soap, shampoo, or makeup

These items may be unsafe to sell, costly to ship, or impossible to refurbish effectively. When a charity regularly receives items they cannot use, they have to spend hours of manpower sorting through things that end up in the trash anyway. This process can be expensive for organizations with already-strained resources. Some local charities spend over $1,000 a year on dumpster and trash removal fees for unusable donations. While charities will have no choice but to throw unusable donations in the trash, there are services you can use to make your spring-cleaning eco-friendly, even for items you can’t donate. For example, if you have torn or stained blue jeans, reach out to Blue Jeans Go Green. This program keeps denim out of landfills by turning it into insulation. And while Goodwill can’t take your batteries or old flip phone, you can check out Call2Recycle.org to learn how to safely recycle your e-waste.

starts. Donating your used books, kids’ toys, and gently worn clothing allows your old items to have a second life. However, when filling that donation box, make sure you’re donating each item because it can do good and not just because you feel bad about throwing it away.

Charities have a big problem with well-meaning citizens dropping off items that are better left in the trash. There are many items charities simply cannot handle. Most charities will have lists of items they can and cannot accept on their websites. Some items that you should not donate include:

Your donations can be a big help to local charities. Just don’t “donate” your garbage.

MEET DR. TORI WILLIAMS OUR NEWEST PHYSICAL THERAPIST

Our patient pool has been steadily growing, which means we’ve needed to bring on a new physical therapist. You can definitely file that need under the category of “good problems to have,” especially because we found the incredible Dr. Tori Williams to join our team. We’re so excited to have Tori. Though she’s only been with us for about a month, we have no doubt she’ll be an excellent fit for our practice. Tori recently earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Northern Arizona University. When she was looking for practices to begin her career at, North County Water & Sports Therapy Center stood out from the start. “It shouldn’t be rare for practices to offer their patients one-on-one training with a therapist for their entire hour-long session,” Tori reveals, “but it is. When I discovered Beth’s approach, I knew I wanted to be a part of her practice. I just feel lucky that it worked out.” In addition to the level of patient care offered at North County, Tori was drawn to the patients themselves. “I love the wide variety of patients who come here for treatment,” Tori says. “They come from all walks of life, all ages, and all levels of athleticism, but they’re all awesome people. It’s been a joy getting to know them all.”

A recent San Diego transplant, Tori is making the most of her new surroundings. “It’s amazing to have the beach and mountains just minutes away,” she says. “I grew up in Northern California, another place full of natural beauty, but San Diego offers something different.” One relic of Tori’s NorCal days is her status as a diehard Giants fan. The Padres haven’t been good enough recently to make anyone consider changing allegiances, but Tori’s

looking forward to catching a game at Petco Park all the same. In addition to watching baseball, she loves spending her free time with her boyfriend, Joe, and her two rescue dogs, Kingston and Mae.

Welcome aboard, Tori! We’re so excited to have you as a member of our team and can’t wait for all of our wonderful patients to meet you.

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