Dear Call Box: I have some art supplies, such as a sketch pad and some drawing pencils in a nice wooden bag. My mom was an artist. I also have some sewing supplies and a newer model Singer sewing machine, a lot of stuffing, patterns for adult clothing and a frame for latch hooking. I would like to donate them but have no car.


E.D., Westside

Dear E.D.: Chris Buckley, who runs the Teacher Supply Depot at 3108 Lenox Ave., accepts craft materials such as you described. The depot helps teachers stock their classrooms, and they are pretty creative at doing so. Buckley said she could make arrangements to pick up the items. For more information, call (904) 381-7480.

There are also charitable groups interested in sewing machines. One is is a volunteer group that makes dresses and skirts for young girls served by the Downtown Ecumenical Services Council in Jacksonville, a nonprofit that helps the needy. Retired teacher Sharon Meehan, who founded Sewing Hope DESC, said the group could use another machine. We realize you don’t have a vehicle, but for others wishing to make donations, go to the DESC office at 215 N. Ocean St. at First Presbyterian Church or call (904) 358-7955 or go to

Dear Call Box: I was wondering if there is a place in Jacksonville to donate formal length dresses for teenagers going to prom this year? I’ve heard of other communities doing this. It enables some young ladies to attend since it offsets the cost to attend prom.

D.G., Jacksonville

Dear D.G.: There are several options. Foster Closet at 8307 Beach Blvd. takes prom dresses, according to its website at For hours of operation and more information, go to its website or call (904) 629-2116.

The Giving Closet Project is another possibility. Their aim is to help get clothes and school supplies to students who are homeless, poor or in unstable homes. We were unable to reach anyone with the group as of press time, but its website is at

A Times-Union story about the group says it has a storeroom with racks of clothes, including a donated prom dress. To donate youth clothing, school supplies or hygiene products, its website says to come by its facility at 1873 Everlee Road near Beach Boulevard and Parental Home Road. Large yellow donation bins are located at the front.

There also are various nonprofits, such as the Salvation Army, Goodwill, Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida, the Jacksonville Humane Society, Hubbard House, the St. Vincent de Paul Society and others, that operate thrift stores benefiting the needy. There are church clothes closets, and we’ll be glad to mention others we may have left out.

Dear Call Box: I’m trying to find the date of the annual hazardous waste recycling event at Mandarin Park. It’s usually in April.

M.P., Mandarin

Dear M.P.: The city’s Solid Waste Division will host the free event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at the park, 14780 Mandarin Park. If you can’t make it, you may drop off your waste from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 2675 Commonwealth Ave.

Other events scheduled during the same hours are Saturday, April 22, Drew Park, 6621 Barnes Road S.; May 13, Jacksonville Beach Public Works Department, 1460 Shetter Ave., Jacksonville Beach; May 20, Lonnie Miller Park, 7689 Price Lane; and June 10, Ed Austin Regional Park, 3450 Monument Road. The events are open to all Duval County residents.

Electronic waste also is accepted. Types include televisions, computer monitors, terminals, keyboards, printers, scanners, stereo equipment, radios, VCRs, DVDs, camcorders, desk and mobile phones, pagers, power tools, small kitchen appliances and health and beauty appliances. For more information, call (904) 387-8847.

Submit questions by calling (904) 359-4622 or by mailing to Call Box, P.O. Box 1949, Jacksonville, FL 32231. Please include contact information. If you have a picture to offer with your question, feel free to send it.

Sandy Strickland: (904) 359-4128