Junk Karma, and five ways to get it

Junk Karma in progress!

Vancouver Metro team member gifts a bike to someone with Junk Karma for his son!

Our Vancouver Metro franchise partner, Richard Bender, recently spearheaded a campaign called ‘Junk Karma’ based on the principle that by doing good things (with junk), one can bring good things upon one’s self. Because of the nature of a junker’s job, Richard and his team often pick up items in good condition. Many of these items are donated to charity, which in itself is great Junk Karma! Richard has also been offering a few select items to the public on his Facebook and Twitter—a child’s bike and an electric guitar were two recent gifts—as a ‘thank you’ to those who support recycling and reusing. These items get a second life with someone, and all they have to do is ‘like’ a photo posted on social media!

Here are four other ways 1-800-GOT-JUNK? franchises have contributed to their own Junk Karma (and hopefully you can come up with your own ideas, too!):

Yard Sale for the Cure

Treasure hunters browse the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Yard Sale for the Cure in Toronto, where all proceeds go to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation!

1. In Toronto, Ontario, our biggest franchise collects items in good shape and runs their annual Yard Sale for the Cure, with all proceeds (which amounted to over $30,000 this year alone!) going directly to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. The Junk Karma percolates through all levels of staff at this franchise—when two truck team members picked up an expensive medical lift device from a client, another truck team member took it upon himself to find a recipient through local hospitals and rehabilitation centers. The equipment went to a 14-year-old girl with a brain injury—the donation closed the loop!

2. In Savannah, Georgia, a local cemetery had been neglected by its owner for years. Friends and family of those buried there put out a call to the public for assistance with the cleanup. Our Savannah franchise partners, Christine Swanson and Michael Mason, came to the rescue and volunteered to remove trash, old tires and plant overgrowth, clearing out over 10 tons of debris! This helped to restore the cemetery to a respectful state.

Pierrette handing over $1100 to Harmony of Make-A-Wish!

Pierrette (right, 1-800-GOT-JUNK?) hands over $1100 to Harmony (left) of the Make-A-Wish Foundation!

3. In Ottawa, Ontario, Pierrette and Luc Raymond run their annual Recycle for Wishes e-waste drive where the community is invited to bring their old electronics for recycling, while making donations to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Not only are they helping to grant a wish for a sick child, the Raymonds are encouraging people to recycle their e-waste instead of tossing it in the trash.

4. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? has been transporting shoes for national shoe charity Soles4Souls all over Virginia, Georgia, Maryland and Washington, DC, among others. We help drive organizers and shoe collectors store and transport new and gently used footwear to warehouses where they will eventually be distributed for local disaster relief efforts, to needy people in the community, and to microenterprise programs overseas. The whole chain of participants in this campaign is feeling the Junk Karma—many of these shoes may have sat unused in a closet for years or would have been thrown out, but instead they’re being reused, recycled, and donated to those in need!


Sam Landa is PR Manager for 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. She loves stories about giving back to the community and making the world a better place. In her spare time she enjoys playing live music and writing. Connect with Sam on  or LinkedIn.

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