Calling All Clutter!

We are excited to announce our second Spring clutter drive!  Last year’s Savers drive was a success (2.5 TONS of our used items went to Savers!), and we hope that with your help, that this year we’ll donate even more.


Savers Results – A Big WIN for A to Z! Thank You!

By Pat Kelly

8,677 pounds. That’s close to 4 ½ tons. That is the weight of the goods that you, as a McHenry County community, donated to our A to Z Literacy/Savers fundraiser.

We figure this is a win, win, win, win situation.


Win #1: Nearest and dearest to our heart are the capital funds A to Z Literacy acquired because of your generosity. The books will continue to be sent from America to Zambia, the Zambian children will eat lunch at school and 2 teachers will be paid by us.

Win #2: We feel good that we gave you incentive to clean out some unwanted belongings from your homes. New, reclaimed space is a good thing!

Win #3: By offering your items to Savers, you kept them out of the landfill; Mother Earth is the beneficiary and she thanks you.

Win #4: At the end of this chain, when Savers sells merchandise, a portion of the proceeds go to the Epilepsy Foundation. The result is people helping people.

A to Z Literacy Movement is gratified by your giving hearts and helping hands. It is due to your charitable nature that we are able to work toward our objectives.

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By Koriann Lance

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I have to say that I didn’t know that I would have as much as I had this week in getting items boxed up to donate to Savers for our fundraiser! My parents so generously donated a large quantity of items, and within all of the piles I came across some long lost items….old college books, papers I had written from way back when- and yes,  even some photos that I had hoped found the garbage a long time ago! Yikes!

I am glad my parents took the opportunity to clean out the basement for this great cause, as I enjoyed my trip down memory lane.  But I have to say that the greatest piece in all of this is how many will benefit from my donations – our community AND some amazing kids halfway across the world!

Please remember that you do not need one of our flyers in order to donate- simply pull up to the Savers drop-off and tell them that the donation is for A to Z… they will do the rest!  Our donation drive runs through TOMORROW, SATURDAY, APRIL 26th.  Thanks for your help!

Declutter: A Poem

By Pat Kelly

Spring is in the air

and along with it comes an urge

to clean up, clean out, sort and purge.

If you’re a Crystal Laker

we hope that you will save

the goods that are stockpiled when you straighten up your cave.

Clothing, kitchen items, whatever’s in the way,

hold on to them please, until the week of Earth Day.

April 20-26, drop your wares at the Savers store

Tell the man “This donation is for A to Z” before you walk out the door.

Savers will weigh our donations up, do some math

and write a check.

We all win- you, Savers and A to Z.

Thanks for making the trek.


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Read!

By Pat Kelly

Perhaps you will be doing some cleaning of closets, the garage or (gasp!) the kid’s rooms this Spring. Are you weeding out the winter clothes you no longer want? Please consider putting a pile of donations aside for the week of Earth Day, April 20-26. Green is good- let someone else get some use out of your unwanted belongings.

A to Z Literacy is partnering with Savers, a Crystal Lake thrift store to collect used items and turn them into cash for our mission. This thrift store chain will pay us by the pound for the goods we amass. Unfortunately, we cannot take furniture, liquids or tires.

Anytime during April 20-26, bring your items to Savers, 230 W Virginia St. (Rt. 14), Crystal Lake. Please make sure to mention that the items are to be donated for the A to Z Literacy Movement fundraiser. Along with your receipt, you’ll get a coupon to use on your next shopping trip to Saver’s.