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’s 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.”
“We will pass on your precious wedding gown to a military bride in need. We do our best to give away up-to-date gowns with current trends. We accept gowns less than five years old.”
” 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. ”
There is a variety of organizations that will accept used cars. Including but not limited to the following organization.
“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.”
Uses funds to send packages to soldiers.
Goodwill, Salvation Army, and many more charities accept clothing.
The following two organizations collect business attire for job interviews.
Career Gear accepts men’s suits, dress shirts, belts, shoes, ties, overcoats, watches, and briefcases.
Dress for Success 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.”
“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.”
Maintains a database of local charities that you can donate your electronics to
If you have expired coupons for groceries, baby products, or household items, you can donate them to military families stationed overseas. The Commissary and Exchange both accept expired coupons up to six months past their expiration date. Contact your local military base or use websites like Coupons for Troops to find a drop-off location or mailing address.
Food banks can also accept expired coupons for groceries. You can contact your local food bank or use websites like Feeding America to find a food bank near you.
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.
Make-A-Wish accepts various donations, including Hotel Loyalty Points and frequent fliers miles.
You 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.
Donate old towels, sheets, socks, etc., to an animal shelter.
Accepts jewelry. See the description of the group in the clothing section.
An organization for abandoned animals.
“Since 1999, Indigo Rescue has held jewelry sales to raise money. This unique fundraising method has gained nationwide attention. . “
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.
What items should I not donate?
In general, it’s always best to contact your chosen charity beforehand to see if they have any special requirements or restrictions on what can be donated. This will help ensure that your donation is accepted and put to good use.
Should I wash my clothing before donating?
The answer may vary depending on the organization you donate to, but it is generally best to wash your clothing before donating it. This will ensure that the clothing is clean and ready to be worn by someone else. It is also a good idea to check for any stains or damage before donating, as some organizations may not accept clothing that is not in good condition.
Can I donate leftover cleaning supplies?
You can donate any unopened and unused cleaning supplies. Check with your local donation center to see if they have specific guidelines for donating cleaning supplies.
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