Donating items that you no longer use or need to an organization that can give something a second life is always a great thing. However, if we think something is trash, likely the receiver will too. Here are places to consider as well as the do’s and don’ts regarding a donation:
Goodwill: With 68 billion pounds of clothing and textiles being trashed every year, Goodwill’s Donate Movement hopes to increase greater awareness of the power of donating. Check their Donations Guideline for a list of what’s acceptable.
Salvation Army: Also opening retail locations in many areas, SA is another worthy place to consider giving your items to. In addition to household items, cars and airline miles are also accepted. See the Donation Valuation Guide of items accepted.
Habitat for Humanity: Accepts furniture as well as building supplies, appliances and other items that can be put to use in a Habitat home.
And don’t forget the local shelters, refugee centers, homes for battered women and children are also very much in need of items any time of year and are immediately put to use. Many church pre-schools welcome toys and costumes as well as car seats and clothing for emergencies. Take a minute to think about what might be available in your area. If you are unsure about an item, always call ahead to make sure the organization will accept it.