Places to Donate Unwanted Items

Whether you’re Spring cleaning, preparing for an upcoming move, or just wanting to downsize or declutter, thereGiving hands are many charitable organizations that are willing to accept your unwanted stuff.

Consider keeping your unwanted items out of the landfill and donating them to others in need.


Operation Paperback is a national non-profit organization that sends gently used books to military service men and women overseas- as well as to their families at home.

Another place to donate books is to your local library.

One of the most widely known places to donate clothes is to Goodwill, which supports employment program opportunities in communities and keeps items out of landfills.

Another place to donate clothes is to the Salvation Army, who collects donated items to sell at its stores and uses the profits to help those in need.

The National Furniture Bank Association is a non-profit organization that collects furniture for families struggling with poverty.

Other places to donate furniture are local homeless or battered women’s shelters, or to a local thrift store.

CDs and Videos
CD’s, videos, and many other items can be donated to the American Red Cross via the GreenDrop Program, which converts donations to funds for American Red Cross’ programs and relief efforts.  GreenDrop has pickup or dropoff options available.

Soles 4 Souls collects new and gently used shoes to provide relief to those in times of poverty or natural disaster and also to those in underdeveloped countries.

Goodwill Industries also accepts donated shoes and will even recycle those in poor condition.

Used cars
You can arrange a pickup or find a local chapter to donate your used vehicle to be repaired and sold with the proceeds benefitting the local Make a Wish Foundation chapter.

Ebay’s Giving Works program allows consumers to sell their used electronics and other items online and donate proceeds to a charity of their choice.

Best Buy also has a recycling program, allowing consumers to drop off their unwanted electronics items and appliances for a nominal fee.

Cell phones
New, used, or even damaged cell phones can be donated to Cell Phones for Soldiers Phones for soldiers that provides cost free communication services to active military members and veterans.

Lumber, building materials, home fixtures, bathtubs, sinks and more
If you’ve recently completed a renovation on your home, Habitat for Humanity will gladly accept a variety of household and building goods. It helps families to build an affordable place to live in the local community and around the world.

Children’s toys and games
The Ronald McDonald House offers support for families when a child is sick or needs medical care. Because it hosts thousands of children though, the Ronald McDonald House only accepts toys and games that are new.

Many local preschools and churches are willing to accept toys and games that are new or used.

Costume jewelry
I Have Wings Breast Cancer Foundation accepts donated jewelry and offers support to, not only breast cancer research, but to families during a breast cancer diagnosis.