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Blue Q is a Pittsfield-based manufacturer of unique and practical products. They design items with quippy catchphrases and vibrant illustrations. Not only are the items durable, you can count on them to make you smile.

The donation network in Massachusetts runs deep. Through a series of connections, Blue Q was able to donate thousands of items to ServiceNet, a human services organization in Western Massachusetts. The items included toothbrushes, socks, oven mitts, and dish towels.

After working through their inventory, Blue Q discovered surplus products. Blue Q then decided to donate them to low-income and unhoused individuals. The Massachusetts Municipal Assistance Coordinator for Western Massachusetts connected Blue Q with RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts (RecyclingWorks), who evaluated the products and quantities in consideration of potential donation outlets.

RecyclingWorks used their relationships with organizations across the state to refer Blue Q to the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA). MHSA is a nonprofit dedicated to ending homelessness in Massachusetts. They have nearly 100 member agencies which they support and direct donated materials to. MHSA was able to pair Blue Q with ServiceNet, one of these member agencies. Shortly after, ServiceNet received over 5,000 toothbrushes, 2,100 pairs of socks, 1,000 oven mitts, and 2,000 dish towels from Blue Q. Thanks to this team effort, useful, quality items were brought to those who will enjoy them. We could all benefit from cheery products in our everyday routines!

RecyclingWorks provides no-cost assistance to businesses and institutions looking to initiate all sorts of donation, waste reduction, and recycling programs. If your business is looking for support, reach out to us at (888) 254-5525 or