There are many reasons why someone looking to donate might be unable to transport the goods: they’re too big, too heavy, or too hard to transport, to name a few. On the bright side, many charity donation centers are aware of that, and they want to help by picking up the goods themselves. Here are some of those charities.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is the nation’s biggest mentoring network; its purpose lies in “helping children realize their potential and build their future.” While their preferred method of donation is monetary gifts, they also accept other kinds of contributions. The easiest way to do this is to search for the chapter closest to you and get in contact with them about your donation.
Accepted Items: Goods, like food, toys, school supplies, clothes, sports equipment, event tickets, and auction items.
Green Drop Donations
Think of Green Drop Donations as the helping hand of many organizations, such as the American Red Cross, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the National Federation of the Blind, and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Philadelphia. They will gladly pick up donations and turn them into dollars for these organizations. You can easily schedule a pickup on their website.
Accepted Items: Clothing, shoes, houseware, kitchenware, games, toys, appliances, books, CDs and DVDs, and small furniture (50 pounds or less).
Out of the Closet Thrift Stores
With locations in Washington, California, Texas, Illinois, Ohio, New York, Georgia, and Florida, Out of the Closet Thrift Stores are an excellent option for many. Their proceeds go to helping people living with HIV and AIDS through healthcare foundations and housing services. You can schedule a pickup on their website by filling out a form or calling to the number provided.
Accepted Items: Furniture, kitchenware, appliances, tools, musical instruments, men’s clothing, women’s clothing, TV and movie memorabilia.
Vietnam Veterans of America
According to its website, “VVA’s goals are to promote and support the full range of issues important to Vietnam veterans, to create a new identity for this generation of veterans, and to change public perception of Vietnam veterans.” They make it easy to schedule a pick up from their website’s donation tab.
Accepted Items: Clothing, shoes, baby items, houseware, books, toys, bikes, electronics, bedding, curtains, kitchenware, small furniture, small appliances, tools, jewelry, and cosmetics.
As if the name weren’t obvious enough, Furniture Bank will gladly take any gently used furniture you might no longer need. They work with social services and housing agencies to access vulnerable members of society looking to furnish their homes. To schedule a pickup, find your local Furniture Bank on their website and contact them.
Accepted Items: Furniture and houseware.
The Salvation Army is an international movement that provides multiple programs for the communities in which they serve. These include food pantries, veteran services, summer camps, and many more. To schedule a pickup, simply go to their website and fill out the form.
Accepted Items: Clothing, furniture, automobiles, household goods, appliances.
Habitat for Humanity
Through donations and volunteers, Habitat for Humanity builds easily affordable homes for families in need of them. Your physical contributions will eventually turn into monetary funds that will go into building yet another home. If you want to support this cause, find your local ReStore and get in contact with them to schedule a pickup.
Accepted Items: Appliances, furniture, building materials, household goods, and more.
Goodwill’s purpose is to help create independent individuals by providing training to build skills, find jobs, and grow their careers; this means that your donations can transform into a potential job for someone who needs it. Most Goodwills provide pick-up services; for this, you need to contact your local store.
Accepted Items: Vehicles, clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories, books, DVDs, toys, housewares, electronics, furniture, and more.