December 2020

Giving Tuesday
CCRx-Made Holiday Wares
Music, Music, Music!
At the Warehouse
Specialists + Volunteers Wanted!
Giving Tuesday

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
-- Winston Churchill

December 1 is Giving Tuesday.
We encourage you to give...

Your time
Your surplus
Your financial support

Thank you!

CCRx-Made Holiday Wares

CCRx is pleased to introduce our first CCRx-Made Creative Reuse Products! 

CCRx-Made Imagination Journals, Recyclo-Pouches and DIY Imagination Journal Kits are made from donated surplus reimagined for your use by designer and CCRx Kathryn Trumbull Fimreite and handmade by local artisans.

Rx Imagination Journals, Recyclo-Pouches and DIY Imagination Journal Kits can be purchased at the Hideout Holiday Sale (December 3-5), at GivenKind's Twice the Gift website and on our online store for shipping or warehouse pick-up.   

Check them out and start your sustainable holiday shopping!

Music, Music, Music!

We were thrilled to get a donation of musical instruments from the Empire television production.   Items include an upright double bass, several electric keyboards, a coronet, drums and marching band carriers, other percussion and woodwind instruments, tables and stands, a zither, a panflute and a digeridoo!     Check them out and purchase online for parking lot pick-up or schedule an appointment to shop at the warehouse.   

All we need is music, music, music!!
Now at the Warehouse
Some other featured items that are fun for the holidays....

Noah's Ark by PlanToys,  Roy Lichtenstein Art Kits,  Sumi Ink set with silk-bound Sketchbook,  Coldwater Art Sets,  Rosetta Stone language cd's in Turkish, Korean and English,  and introducing our very own "Social Distancing Wands"  and more...

How to Shop
Anyone associated with a Chicago school, nonprofit or community group can Shop Online for Parking Lot Pickup or Schedule an appointment to shop the warehouse.

We are open Wednesdays-Saturdays and located at 2124 W. 82nd Place (entrance via the parking lot).   
Masks, social distancing and temperature checks are mandatory.  See our COVID protocols for more info.  
Schedule your appointment here.
  • "Basics"    $5 for a shoebox full of pens, pencils, markers, post-its and more, $20 for a large box of office supplies, arts + crafts, teacher resources, science and textiles.
  • "Special Finds"   Furniture, printers, computers, lighting, shelving, collectibles, other specialized equipment are priced as marked - priced to move! 
  • "Always Free"  Binders, Office Organizers, Fabric Scraps, Books + Class Sets, Vinyl Banners, Raw Materials + Multiples.

We ALWAYS need help sorting and organizing donations, making kits and products.  Join us -- it's fun!!

We welcome all volunteers over age 14.   Masks, social distancing, sanitizing, closed-toed shoes are de rigueur.  Shifts are Wednesdays thru Saturdays. 

If you would like to lend a hand,  sign up here.

Volunteer from Home   Prefer to work from home? 
Help us make Recyclo-pouches and Ponies!   Blog about reuse and share social media.  Update our emails and listings.  Graphic design...  that and more.   Fill in our General Volunteer Interest Form and we'll be in touch!   
Wanted:  Subject Matter Specialists + EBay Sellers

We are building a team of Subject Matter Specialists and EBay Sellers for specific categories of donated items that need to find homes -- like Lionel Trains and Vintage Watches.   

Both Specialists and Sellers will start on a volunteer trial basis followed by commission and/or contract employment. 

Interested?   Learn more
About CCRx

This is not enough?  okay.... Shop via Amazon Smile and select CCRx as the charity of your choice. 0.5% of eligible purchases will be donated to CCRx.
You are receiving this email because you signed up, attended one of our events, or we thought you would be interested in creative reuse in Chicago.   The Creative Chicago Reuse Exchange (CCRx) is a 501c3 nonprofit committed to the creative reuse and redistribution of surplus materials for Chicago teachers, non-profits, arts and community groups.  We are grateful for support from the Chicago Teachers Union Foundation, Art Works Fund/Chicago Community Trust, Harper Court Arts Council, the Field Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council (a state agency), Montgomery Ward Foundation, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, many individual donors... and YOU!   

Please consider a financial gift to the 
Creative Chicago Reuse Exchange (CCRx).  You can donate via Paypal Giving Fund, or send a check to CCRx, 5530 S. Shore Drive 15b, Chicago IL  60637.   All donation are tax-deductible.    

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