I see the question asked a lot- “Where should I donate my things?” I have always tried to donate my things to places that will benefit the most because I think it is important. There are too many “thrift” stores making a lot of money by overcharging for things they received for free!
So here is my top 10 list of most beneficial places to donate to. I recommend to call the local places to find out what they need the most! Feel free to comment below with your favorite places!
#1 Children's Hospitals
My son has spent too much time in hospitals. The biggest relief for him was being able to play video games and watch movies. It kept his mind off of what was going on and the pain. After the last time we got home, we packed up all of our old dvds and video games and donated them to the hospital. Puzzles, books, and board games are also great donations for children. Call your nearest children’s hospital and find out what they need!
#2 Women's Shelters
#3 Vietnam Veterans of America
#4 Dress for Success
Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.This charity does not pick up donations, but you can find a drop-off location in your area on the Dress for Success website.
#5 Donate My Dress
Although it is just for dresses- I love what this place does. Donate My Dress encourages girls to donate their prom dresses to others who need them. No teenage girl should be denied a prom because of her families income level.
#6 Local Nursing Home
Local nursing homes are full of elderly people who don’t have a lot of things. Stationary you don’t use any more is a great donation for the older generation. Large print books, puzzles, game boards, crafting kits, and air fresheners are all great donations.
#7 Homeless Shelters
You know all of those bottles of shampoos, conditioners, soaps you have thrown in a drawer in your bathroom? Homeless shelters are the place that could really use them. Essential items- soaps, toothpaste, diapers, socks, school supplies are all great ideas for donations.
#8 Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Habitat for Humanity ReStore are home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials and more to the public at a fraction of the retail price to low income families.They do accept donations so give them a call to find out what they need!
#9 Once Upon a Child or Schoola
Once Upon a Child stores are all over the country, and they will pay cash or store credit for gently used kids’ clothes. I love that this store is individually owned and operated and that they don’t have a huge mark-up.
#10 Your Local Library
I think our libraries are overlooked when it comes to donations. A lot of libraries do and have more than just books. I have heard of libraries that rent GoPro’s, have sewing machines, and do arts and crafts for kids. Call your local library and ask what type of donations they accept!
What beneficial places do you donate to?