Doing Good by Decluttering

Just in case you need another reason to de-clutter… De-cluttering and donating what you no longer need or use is a great way to give to charity. Giving to your local thrift store, such as Goodwill or Salvation Army, is always a great option. There are also many other options for specific items… here are just a few ideas of places to donate—with a little research we’re sure you can find many more.

Bridesmaid dresses or formal wear: Donate My Dress is a website that has a directory of local dress drive organizations across the U.S. that will help you find places to donate or receive a dress.

Sporting equipment: Sports Gift provides sports to disadvantaged children throughout the world.

Musical instruments: Mr. Holland’s Opus donates new and refurbished instruments to school and after-school music programs.

Shoes: Shoes 4 Souls distributes shoes to people in need in the US and all over the world.

Cell Phones: Cell Phones for Soldiers turns old cell phones into prepaid calling cards for U.S. troops stationed overseas by sending donated phones to ReCellular, which pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for each donated phone.

Business clothes: Dress For Success provides disadvantaged women with professional attire and career development tools.

Eye Glasses: One Sight provides free eye care and eyewear in the United States and around the world.

Many of the above are national charities. If you look around your own town, there’s a good chance you’ll find smaller local charities that could also use your help. For example:

Pet supplies: Call your local pet shelter. Shelters often appreciate donations of towels, dog beds, and animal cages.

Clothes: Many local homeless shelters will accept and appreciate donations of old clothes or unused toiletries (have a drawer full of mini shampoos and moisturizers from hotels? Many shelters could use these supplies).

Books: Sometimes schools or homeless shelters will accept books—especially children’s books in good condition. And although your neighborhood library may not accept donations, they may be able to suggest local nonprofits that will.

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