Debby Green is the first to admit she's a scrounger. She'll gladly take whatever's left at the end of a church rummage sale, happily be the last to arrive at a tag sale, and will clean out a hotel of complimentary shampoos and soaps.
Although her husband sometimes protests, the spare room and garage of their Waterford home are full of bins and bags stuffed to the gills with blankets and towels; clothes sorted by gender, size, and season; kids games; toiletries; kitchen items; shoes; and furniture.
She's not a hoarder. Far from it. Her goal is to find good homes for everything and her first port of call is usually New London's Homeless Hospitality Center.
"I've always worked with the homeless," she says.
Green goes to the New London homeless shelter every Thursday with bags of clothes and toiletries. The furniture and leftover tag sale and rummage sale items often go to New London's Homeward Bound store.
In 2009, she started The Scrounger newsletter, which goes out to subscribers via email. She describes it as, "a networking of people trying to help other people." The newsletter includes lists and descriptions of local organizations and the items they need and accept as donations. She publishes it seasonally to keep people abreast of the latest and greatest needs.
Green takes the words recycle and reuse to heart. She knows from experience that one person's trash really can be another's treasure. If you'd like to receive the newsletter, please let her know via email at email@example.com or call (860) 440-2788.