Tue 12 Mar 2013
When you are kicking out clutter, Goodwill, the Salvation Army, and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul can be your best friends. So can homes for pregnant teens and abused families, homeless shelters, missions, and numerous other charities.
Thanks to Ellen Phillips, ‘Kick the Clutter’ for some of the following ideas about specific donations:
Appliances: If you want to donate a (working) appliance that’s no more than 3 years old, contact Habitat for Humanity. Or check out Excess Access to be matched with a local charity that will come pick up your appliances.
Automobiles: Northwest Center in Seattle accepts cars and other vehicles in a variety of conditions. Note: you must have the title or other release of ownership in order to donate the vehicle.
Books: See if your local library will accept donations. Check with senior centers and assisted-living facilities to see if they accept books. Day care centers might appreciate a gift of children’s books. You can also donate children’s books to BookEnds, an organization that provides them to shelters. schools, and family literacy centers, although you will need to mail them there if you live outside of California.
Cell phones: Donate them to a national organization like Cell Phones for Soldiers or Donate a Phone. Also, local shelters for abused women and children often give them to their clients for emergency use.
Hearing Aids: Donate hearing aids to Hear Now, a nonprofit program directed by the Starkey Hearing Foundation.
Eyeglasses: Donate these to the Lion’s Club. There are containers for donated glasses in local libraries, LensCrafters, Goodwill stores, community offices and other places.
Other Organizations: Find them at Earth 911.
Any other suggestions for good places to donate?