About Vacation Donations

Vacation Donations is a not-for-profit community resource in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida. We encourage vacationers and property managers to donate unused food, beach toys, books and other items that travelers can’t or don’t take back with them. We also encourage the donation of items “ too used” to be offered in vacation rentals, but perfectly fine for many people – and sometimes pets.

We hope to inspire other communities to start similar projects that fit their own specific needs.

Indian Rocks Beach, or IRB as it’s known to locals, covers 2.7 miles of shoreline on Florida’s Gulf Coast, between Clearwater and St. Petersburg, and has about 3,700 residents. Like many vacation communities around the country and beyond, it’s filling up with short-term rentals, which have cooking facilities and encourage longer stays. Visitors who come from afar, especially by plane, often buy food, beach supplies, books and more while they’re visiting and then leave much of it behind when they depart. Too often, these items get thrown away or sit around unused. By providing a one-stop source of information, we’re making it easy for travelers and property managers to “After a stay, give it away.”

How it's structured

Vacation Donations operates as a community organization. We have a tax ID number and a separate bank account. For now, we are totally self-funded.

How it all started

Vacation Donations was launched in 2022 by Diane Daniel, who has been connected to Indian Rocks Beach since the 1970s. She currently divides her time between IRB and the Netherlands.

When Diane isn’t in IRB, she rents out her home. She's seen firsthand the many things her guests leave behind. She hates waste and loves recycling, reusing and repurposing. She believes most people feel the same way and would be happy to donate if they knew how and where. With Vacation Donations, now they know!

Vacation Donations founder Diane Daniel of Indian Rocks Beach

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