People are always asking me where I donate the things I don’t use or want anymore. If you are looking to donate your stuff, whether it be clothes, furniture, cars or otherwise, here are a few ideas:
Goodwill: Goodwill stores and donation centers across the country accept all sorts of donations, from clothing to appliances and furniture. Some even accept cars! Just drop off your donation at the nearest donation center. To find a donation center near you, go to http://locator.goodwill.org/. For Goodwill’s donation guidelines, visit http://www.goodwill.org/get-involved/donate/donation-acceptance-guidelines/
Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA): The VVA is always looking for clothing and household items. They will even pick up your donations, no matter how large or small, as long as the driver can lift them. Here’s what they will collect (courtesy of their website):
- Clothing of all types & sizes (men’s, ladies, children’s, baby’s)
- Clothing accessories
- Shoes (all kinds)
- Baby items
- House and glassware
- Books, toys, bikes
- Stereos, radios, portable TVs
- All bedding, draperies, curtains
- Usable small furniture & rugs
- Small appliances
- Tools (all kinds)
- Jewelry and cosmetics
- ALMOST ANYTHING!
All you need to do is gather your donation, put it outside your home where it’s clearly visible and marked for the Vietnam Veterans of America, and their driver will pick it up. It’s as simple as that! To schedule a VVA pick-up, visit: http://www.clothingdonations.org/. For more information on other ways you can help the VVA, visit http://www.vva.org/.
Habitat for Humanity: Habitat for Humanity accepts new and gently used building materials, appliances, furniture and household goods, as well as cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles and RVs. While they will coordinate a pick-up of any donated vehicles, all other items should be dropped off at one of their ReStore locations. To find a location near you, visit http://www.habitat.org/cd/env/restoreUS.aspx. For more information on Habitat for Humanity, please visit www.habitat.org.
Salvation Army: Salvation Army accepts clothing, appliances, furniture, cars, household goods and pretty much anything else you want to hand over. Donations can be dropped off at any of their Family Stores or donation centers across the country, or a Salvation Army truck may be able to pick up your donated goods. To locate a donation center or store near you, go to http://www.satruck.org/donate-goods. To schedule a pick-up, call 1-800-SA-TRUCK or visit http://www.satruck.org/search.
Local Homeless Shelters: Many homeless shelters accept clothing and household items, in addition to food, so check with the shelters in your area for specifics.
In addition to the major charities above, there are multiple organizations around the country that focus on donations of specific items…
Cell Phones for Soldiers collects your old phones and sells them to a recycling partner. The money received is used to buy calling cards and other communication tools for U.S. soldiers. For more information on how to donate your old cell, visit http://www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com/. AT&T also participates in the program, so you can drop you phone off at one of their many participating locations nationwide.
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence collects cell phones to help fund their programs aimed at stopping domestic violence. For more information on the NCADV, visit http://www.ncadv.org/takeaction/DonateaPhone.php.
Verizon has launched its own initiative to help stop domestic violence with its HopeLine program. For more information on their program and how to donate, go to http://aboutus.verizonwireless.com/communityservice/hopeLine.html.
Operation Paperback has been collecting gently used books nationwide since 1999 and sending them to U.S. troops deployed overseas. You can become a Volunteer Shipper and help ship the books yourself. For more information, visit http://www.operationpaperback.org/.
Books Through Bars aims to distribute educational materials to prisoners to facilitate education while in prison in order to promote a successful reintegration into society. For more information on the types of books they look for, visit http://booksthroughbars.org/get-involved/donate-books/.
Books for Africa accepts donated books of all kinds, but looks more for reference books and recent textbooks, and sends the books to students in Africa. For more information, go to http://www.booksforafrica.org/books-computers/donate-books.html.
There are so many organizations out there that could really benefit from the things you don’t need anymore. Pay it forward and donate those items to any of the charities I mentioned above or any local charity in your area. Do something good for others and get a tax break in the process!