Levey's List needs a breath of life. Today, we supply it.
Now in its eighth year, our list arranges new homes for large, old but still useful items.
Over the years, we have helped place dozens of kitchen appliances, armchairs, tubas, aquariums, even cars, without charge to either giver or getter. In the process, space and air have returned to cluttered basements, and poor Washingtonians have acquired major items they'd have been hard-pressed to buy.
Levey's List was born of Levey's hand-wringing. Old Ro-bare discovered that hundreds of perfectly good items were ending up in local landfills because there was no reliable way to get them from old owner to new.
Yes, agencies such as the Salvation Army and Goodwill Industries pick up and redistribute many large items. But sometimes these agencies have logistical or transportation troubles, or their definition of what's reusable doesn't match yours.
Other agencies refuse large items because their drivers are not insured, so they fear injuries and lawsuits. All too often, prospective donors throw their hands up -- and the towel in.
Levey's List has proven to be an effective bridge between giver and needer. But the items on the current edition of the list are picked-over, and their number is dwindling. It's time for reinforcements.
Where do the goods on Levey's List come from?
From businesses that are upgrading furniture, computers and office equipment. From people who are moving and don't want to bring along items that are heavy. From people who are redecorating and need a new home for a 1950s stove. From relatives of Aunt Betty, who has just died and whose burnt-orange love seat is still lovely to sit on (if not lovely to look at).
We happily accept goods from households where a person has been sick and no longer needs a hospital bed or wheelchair. From empty nesters who are finally ready to part with Junior's bed and dresser. From those who thought a yard sale would "move" everything and are staring at a garage full of cold, hard truth.
Here's the way Levey's List works:
If you want to donate an item: Please call 202-334-7662. A machine will answer. Describe fully the item(s) you're offering. Please include color, make or manufacturer, condition, age and any special kinks or instructions. Also provide your full name, address and phone number(s), including area code(s).
Items must be in working order (that means 100 percent operational, not 92 percent), and we accept only large items. "Large" means anything too big for one typical adult to lift.
For example, we will happily list major kitchen appliances, floor-model TV sets and computers. We won't list art, bedding, clothing, toys, magazine collections, gardening tools or sports equipment.
I can't arrange transportation or moving crews. Nor will I vouch for the condition of goods, or take responsibility for mishaps or injuries.
I can't promise that goods will be claimed by a certain date. Most items move within two weeks, but some go faster, some slower. Most important, I won't list any item for which the donor hopes or expects to be paid.
For tax reasons, some donors ask that their items go only to nonprofit organizations certified as such by the Internal Revenue Service. I'm happy to honor such requests. Please make them at the time you list an item. Otherwise, your goods will be made available to all who are interested.
Very important for your mental health: Once an item is claimed, please call back and ask that it be removed from the list. If you don't do this, you'll be fielding unwanted calls for months.
If you want a copy of the list: Call the same phone number (202-334-7662). Leave your full name and address on the tape. If you'd like the list sent by fax, leave a fax number. If you'd like the list sent by e-mail, leave an e-mail address and spell it carefully.
Please don't call any other number at The Post to request a list, especially The Post's always-overburdened main switchboard.
In general, anyone who wants a copy of the list will receive one. However, a key aim of this program is to steer items to the neediest people. Therefore, I will be very reluctant to send the list to neighborhoods full of $500,000 homes. I'll be glad to send lists to groups as well as individuals, but the groups must represent poor and deserving people.
If you're seeking a particular item, please don't call to ask if it's on the latest edition of the list. Just request the whole list and do your own "shopping."
Each Levey's List stays current for about a month. It's updated regularly.
Please call back each time you want a fresh list. Sorry, it isn't possible to place you on a mailing list. We deliberately don't keep one, so we can spread lists (and goods) around.
Many thanks to all who have made this program such a success over the years. With your help, and your items, we look forward to more of the same.