Small ways that you can make a big difference for neighborhood nonprofits

Donate that old cell phone …

… to Hillcrest High School. The school recently launched a new recycling program that accepts electronics like cameras, laptops, MP3 players and cell phones. Hillcrest will also gladly take your unwanted inkjet cartridges, and gold, platinum or silver. Your donation will help neighborhood students because proceeds from the recycling program benefit the entire school. If you’d like to contribute, bring your recyclable items to the school’s library.

Attend an event …

… at the American National Bank of Texas, 2703 Oak Lawn, March 1-5. That’s when the bank will be hosting “5 Days of Oak Lawn” in honor of its grand opening in its new 17,000 -square foot space, which was formerly occupied by Dallas National Bank. Several neighborhood groups and charities are getting in on the festivities. Metroplex Animal Coalition will be holding onsite pet adoptions, and Carter Blood Care will hold a blood drive. Donations also will be collected for The Family Place, AIDS Arms, Edison Medrano Elementary  School PTA and the Friends of the Oak Lawn Library. Several other local vendors will be on hand with information booths, food samplings and health screenings. For more details on scheduled events, call 214.863.7300 or visit

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