But what should you do with the old one? Don’t throw it away.
One option is to donate it to an organization that helps foster kids. Why? Because many foster children are moving from one place to another and don’t have anything to transport their belongings. Many end up using trash bags or plastic bags.
There are organizations around the country who will take used luggage, such as Suitcases for Kids, which was started by a 10-year-old girl. Other organizations you can check out are Luggage of Love and Bags4Kids.
If there aren’t any locations in your area, check local shelters for women and the homeless, or even Goodwill.
But if you’re also looking for a new suitcase of your own and have a gently used bag, you might want to look into the event “A Case for Giving.”
Here’s how it works. From now until February 29, 2016, you can bring a used bag into a participating luggage store and receive a credit for a new Briggs & Riley bag.
If you bring in a previously used Briggs & Riley bag, you’ll receive a $100 credit, and if you bring in a bag from another brand, you’ll receive a $50 credit.
Briggs & Riley is working with more than 100 charities for this event, including Ronald McDonald House, Treehouse for Kids, Make A Wish, Goodwill, women’s shelters, men’s homes, and coalitions for the homeless.
To find out where you can bring your bag, click here to see a full listing of participating stores around the country.
For more information about how you can help others, check out:
- Donate Old Soap to Help Children Around the World
- Teen Volunteer Opportunities At Home & Abroad
- Restaurants Open to the Public That Help At-Risk Youth
By Stephanie Ervin for PeterGreenberg.com