Come to SpringUP! at First Parish on May 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This annual event of The Uganda Project offers a chance to donate gently used items for shipment to people and organizations in Uganda, and an opportunity to come together with neighbors and friends while connecting communities an ocean apart. Games, activities, and multi-national snacks will be an added bonus if you can make it between 12:00 and 12:45 p.m.!

Clean, pre-sorted donations in the following categories will be gratefully accepted.

Women’s, Men’s, and Children’s Clothing: T-shirts, jerseys, slacks, jeans, shorts, non-fancy dresses and skirts, lightweight jackets and windbreakers, pajamas, caps, bathing suits, sneakers, practical shoes, sandals, sports shoes, and work boots. Backpacks, duffle bags, and large handbags are also very useful. (No infants’ clothing, high heels, or heavy winter clothing/boots, please.)

Children’s and Teens’ Books and School Supplies: Markers, crayons, pens, pencils, small pencil sharpeners, paints, and any kind of paper. Books for teens and children.

Bedding: Sheets, blankets, bedspreads, towels. Yoga mats are particularly good donations as well!

Kitchen Goods: Pots, pans, cooking utensils, silverware, plates, bowls, glasses (nothing electric, nothing fancy).

Toys: Small dolls, cars and trucks, stuffed animals, Legos, puzzles, games (packaged well so pieces don’t get lost).

Athletic Equipment: Balls and gear for tennis, volleyball, soccer, basketball. (Please deflate balls where possible.)

Craft Materials: Yarn, ribbon, lace, buttons, materials for embroidery, fabric, fabric dyes, and accessories used for sewing or knitting.

If interested in volunteering or learning more about The Uganda Project, email Many thanks to the Lydia Maria Child Fund for making these efforts possible. More information (including parking guidance) is available at or call 508-358-6133. First Parish is located at 225 Boston Post Rd. in Wayland, at the intersection of routes 20 and 27.