How to Donate Household Items to a Charity

SuzAlicieStarred Page By SuzAlicie, 26th Jul 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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When you clean out your home you may have several items that you don't need that are in good repair. It is easy to donate these items to a charity for families that are in need.

What Items Can I Donate?

To put it simply anything in your home that is in good repair can probably be reused by someone in need. Toys, clothing, appliances, furniture, shoes, lamps, books; the list is endless.
Test all items to make sure that the item is in good working condition and clean before adding it to your donation pile. Items that are torn, broken or beyond repair should be disposed of.

Where Should I Donate My Unwanted Items?

There are many different places you can go to make donations and some will even come and pick up large loads or large items. Some places to check with in your area are:
Goodwill Industries- Accepts donations of nearly any household item to be sold at great discounts in their goodwill shops for the less fortunate. The proceeds of the sales help employ the handicapped and improve the community.

  • Churches- Most churches know of families in need, and many of them have a clothing and food bank for the needy to come and get items that they need. Some items such as toys and books can be used in the church nursery and children s programs. Craft items are also a great item to donate to a church or a school.
  • Social Services- In most areas a local social services department is in charge of distributing donations to needy families, and are aware of what is most needed by what family.
  • Homeless Shelters- Men, women and children frequent homeless shelters for a warm place to spend the night, a meal, and clothing and other necessary items. Clothes, blankets, toiletries, are good to donate to a shelter. Another way to help is to supply some household items for families at shelters who are getting on their feet, they will have the need of household goods when they find a new home.

It feels great to know that something you would have thrown away has been re-purposed and is provided to a family who really needs it. During the holiday season many people are generous with donations and contributions, but it is important to realize that the needy are living and struggling to get by each and every day of the year.

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I am a work from home mom who home schools two active boys while freelance writing and maintaining several blogs and websites.

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author avatar Ehsan
26th Jul 2010 (#)

Nicely written with great information! And thanks for reminding me that I had to give some stuff to this charity school! Good job :)

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author avatar Kelraye78
26th Jul 2010 (#)

I am in this process of cleaning out closets and cabinets this month before school starts back. I usually donate a lot of the stuff, but you would be surprised at the tax deductions that you can get just by donating your old things. This helps a lot if you are self employed.

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author avatar poutine
10th Jul 2011 (#)

Last month, I did some Spring cleaning and donated tons of goods for the Juvenile Diabetes.


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author avatar AjaySinghChauhan
25th Oct 2014 (#)

good post and thanks for sharing it with us.

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