Where do you donate your stuff? Cleaning out your storage or getting ready to move has left you with a stack of items you want to donate. With HeroSearch.org, you can search for local charities that need the items you want to give away. You can also call local charities to see what items they will accept. Please read and follow the charity’s guidelines when donating. Most ask for gently used items only and fashion that is current.
Below is a list of possible organizations you can donate to. Use Charity Navigator to find more groups. Charity Navigator also evaluates the performance of a charity.
Check with your library; local nursing homes; vet retirement homes; youth clubs and shelters; and women abuse centers if they want to accept books.
“Operation Paperback is a non-profit organization incorporated in the State of Pennsylvania, whose volunteers nationwide collect gently-used books and send them to American troops overseas, as well as veterans and military families here at home. Since 1999, we have shipped over 1.9 million books to locations around the globe.” Read more
“We will pass on your precious wedding gown to a military bride in need. We do our best to give away gowns that are up to date with current trends. We accept gowns less than five years old.” Read more
” Habitat for Humanity ReStores are proudly owned and operated by local Habitat for Humanity affiliates, and proceeds are used to build homes, community, and hope locally and around the world. ” Read more
There is a variety of organizations that will accept used cars. Including but not limited to the following organizations.
Fast pick-up of used cars. Funds used for:
- Financial support for veterans & their families
- Education & Scholarships
- Legal representation for veterans’ claims
“Have a car, SUV, motorcycle or boat you no longer need? Consider donating it to NFCR. In partnership with Charitable Auto Resources, Inc. (CARS), NFCR will pick up the vehicle for free.”
Sponsored by Verizon for women of domestic violence.
Uses funds to send packages to soldiers.
Goodwill, Salvation Army, and many more charities accept clothing.
Schoola sells donated clothes. They will mail you a bag to put your child’s clothing in and whenever your item sells some of the profits is donated to a school of your choice.
The following two organizations collect business attire for job interviews.
Career Gear accepts men suits, dress shirts, belts, shoes, ties, overcoats, watches, and briefcases.
Dress for Sucess collects women’s business attire for interviews. Will accept nearly new suits, handbags, jewelry and unused make-up.
“Computers from WCE are for use in public settings to help connect more youth in developing countries to the Internet at low cost.” Read more.
“Would you like to help a Young Scholar? Or a Wounded Warrior?Do you ask yourself “Where can I donate my computer or old computer? Gift My PC that’s where! Large computer donations and office electronics are what we receive.” Read More….
The organization finds a local non-profit who can use the equipment.
Maintains a database of local charities you can donate your electronics to.
Do you have coupons you won’t use or have expired? Please read this article that offers suggestions where you can donate them.
Donate Your Expired Coupons to Our Military Troops.
“What do you do with your expired coupons? Do you just toss them? Or put them in the recycle bin? Have you ever thought to donate your expired coupons to our Military Troops overseas? Most people don’t know it, but at the …” Read more .
It is recommended that the coupons be no more than 30 days expired. No store coupons.
Donate to children hospitals.
These go to veteran’s facilities
Exercise Equipment & Bikes
Matches equipment with local non-profits that need the item.
The organization accepts serviceable complete or nearly complete bikes as well as parts.
“Eyeglasses in good condition are sent to medical missions and international charitable organizations for distribution to the poor in developing nations. Proceeds from the sale of scrap metal, hearing aids, jewelry and giftware are used to support the U.S. eyeglass voucher program.” Read more.
“In just about any dresser drawer, one can find a pair of eyeglasses that are no longer being used. That same pair of eyeglasses can change another person’s life.” Read more.
Make-A-Wish accepts a variety of donations including Hotel Loyalty Points and frequent fliers miles.
Also accepts gift cards.
Didn’t entirely use your box of greeting cards? Nursing homes, shelters and youth clubs appreciate donations of unused greeting cards.
Accepts used greeting cards that are 5″ x 7″ or smaller with no writing on the back of the front of the card. A training program uses these cards.
An organization for abandoned animals.
“Since 1999, Indigo Rescue has held jewelry sales to raise money. This unique fundraising method has gained nationwide attention. . ” Read more.
“We accept donations of gently-used band and orchestral instruments in playable and good cosmetic condition. They will be refurbished and sent to school music programs. Some instruments may not meet our quality standards and will be sold on our eBay charity page where 100% of the proceeds will be used to purchase new instruments. We do not accept pianos, organs or accordions.” Read more.
This group collects soccer equipment.
Here is a large list of items they will accept.
Always check out the performance of a group you are considering donating to on Charity Navigators.
Do you know more places that accept donations? Please share.
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