My wife and I recently realized that we have a lot of stuff collecting dust. Instead of saving it in case we need it in 10 years, why not donate our stuff to people who need it now? In case you feel the same way, here is a list of where to donate clothes, furniture, toys, prom dresses, wedding gowns, DVDs, sporting equipment, musical instruments, eyeglasses, cell phones, computers, appliances, furniture, video games, cars and more:
Donate cell phones
The Purple Heart Foundation will pick up your car (whether or not it is running). All proceeds support combat wounded soldiers and their families.
The Salvation Army accepts cars to support their adult rehabilitation centers.
Donate unused gift cards (or portions of them)
Gift cards can be donated to people in need via Gift Card Giver.
Donate used inkjet and toner cartridges
Donated used inkjet and toner cartridges to Operation Gratitude to send care packages to soldiers.
Donate computers and electronic hardware
National Cristina Foundation has an online database of nonprofits that need computer hardware with a list of what each nonprofit needs. Search by zip code to find nonprofits in your area.
Donate interview appropriate clothes and accessories for women
Donate interview appropriate clothes for women to Dress for Success for disadvantaged women entering the workforce. Dress for Success provides an interview suit. Once a woman is employed the organization provides a week’s worth of clothes. Here are drop off locations.
Donate home goods, furniture, cabinets, electronics, appliances and building materials
Habitat for Humanity has ReStores that resell household items. They will come to your house and pickup home goods, furniture, cabinets, electronics, appliances and building materials. Search their 852 US and Canada locations for one near you. Proceeds are used to build and repair affordable housing for people who need it. .
Donate clothing, appliances, electronics and furniture
New or gently used items can be donated to Goodwill retail stores. There are more than 2,650 Goodwill donation locations. Donations support jobs and job training.
The Salvation Army also accepts these items and will pick them up from your house (pickup is only in certain geographies). Donations to the Salvation Army support their adult rehabilitation centers.
The Military Order of the Purple Heart will pickup clothes, small appliances, electronics, toys and much more. Here’s a list of what they will pick up. They only operate in NJ, DE, PA, MD, CT, VA and NY.
Donate prom and special occasion dresses
Donate wedding dresses
Brides Across America accepts wedding gown donations for military brides in need. Gowns can’t be older than 4 years.
Brides Against Breast Cancer collects and resells wedding dresses to raise money for Breast Cancer. Brides Against Cancer accepts dresses that are mailed to them. They also request $100 to cover gown prep and warehousing.
Donate stuffed animals
You can send new or gently used stuffed animals to Loving Hugs to be distributed to children in refugee camps, orphanages and other similar places around the world.
OneSight collects gently used prescription eyewear and non-prescription sunglasses to help patients in their global clinics. You can donate glasses at LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, Sears Optical, Target Optical, ILORI, Optical Shop of Aspen.
Donate your new and used video games and game systems
The Get-Well Gamers Foundation distributes your games and game systems to hospitals. You mail your games and systems to their headquarters.
Donate DVDs and portable DVD players
You can send your DVDs to Kidflicks and they use them to stock movie libraries for hospitals.
You can send your DVDs and portable DVD players to DVDs4Vets and they distribute to VA facilities.
Donate musical instruments and art supplies
The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation accepts gently used band and orchestral instruments that it donates to under- funded music programs school across the country. Here’s the specific page for donating an instrument. You send them your gently used instruments.
The Dreaming Zebra distributes instruments and art supplies to kids in underserved areas. You mail your instruments and supplies to their warehouse.
Donate your extra diapers
The National Diaper Bank Network has a directory of local diaper banks that accept unused diapers for families in need. If you click the “find a diaper bank” link you can search for a local diaper bank for donating diapers.
Donate fitness equipment
Fitness 4 Charity accepts used exercise equipment that they distribute to foster homes, hospitals, police stations and other nonprofits. They work nationwide. To donate you fill out a form with details about your equipment and the nonprofit then contacts you about logistics.
Give anything away free
The The Freecycle Network allows you to post items that you would like to give away. There’s no tax deduction, but it avoids landfills and can be a huge help to someone. Read Zoe’s comment in the comments below for examples of how her wedding dress and doll collection donated through Freecycle made a difference. They have over 5,000 local Freecycle groups. If you find someone through Freecycle to take your items, they will usually pick them up at your house.
Please post a comment, if there are places I should add to this list.