For many people, the first place a new phone book goes when its lands on their porch is right into the trash.

After all – if you’ve got access to the internet, who has the use for those unwieldy piles of paper?

There’s one local organization that does.

Judi’s House, which is devoted to helping grieving children and their families, uses them as a coping tool for the people they serve.

“When kids get big emotions, they’re encouraged to use pages from the phone book to get them out,” Alex Mers, the assistant director of in-house care at Judi’s House, said.

Mers says afterwards, kids can do snow angels in those ripped-up phone books or throw them in the air. Is this the purpose the people who make phone books have in mind? Probably not, but it’s better than seeing them go to waste.

“I was taking my dog for a walk this morning, and saw every phone book on people’s doorsteps and just thought to myself ‘people may not know that there’s another way to use something like this,’” Mers said.

If you live in the Denver area and want to drop off your phone book, Judi’s House will take them all.

They have a bin inside their front door where you can put them and are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Judi’s House is located at 1741 Gaylord St. – right by City Park.

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