The Holiday season is widely known as the most charitable time of year. Most people feel in a giving mood and want to help others who may be less fortunate. Of course, you can be charitable throughout the entire year, and that is especially the case if you’re moving. When you’re clearing out your previous home, you can often find things you don’t need or which may not fit in your new home. While you can clear these items by having a moving sale, donating to charity is also a great option. If you decide to donate some of your possessions, there are plenty of outstanding organizations that would gladly take them. Here are just a few of the many outstanding charitable organizations you can donate to:
Goodwill operates stores throughout the country. When you donate your items to Goodwill, they are put up for sale at low prices. Goodwill allows those who may not be able to afford full retail prices to purchase clothing and other goods such as furniture. Additionally, Goodwill makes a concerted effort to hire employees with developmental disabilities who may not be able to find work elsewhere. As one of the world’s largest non-profit organizations, you can trust that donating to Goodwill will put your items in good hands.
The Salvation Army is famous for having Santa Clauses ringing bells around the country. However, this organization doesn’t just collect donations around the holidays. The Salvation Army runs Family Stores where they sell donated goods at reduced prices. The proceeds from the stores are then donated to adult rehabilitation centers. Along with being able to donate in the store of your choice, you can also call to have your items picked up.
ClothingDonations.org is operated by the Vietnam Veterans of America. Through this site, you can schedule a pickup for your clothes and other small items to be donated. It’s as simple as scheduling a pickup time and placing your items in plastic bags outside your home. You can schedule a pickup time either through the site or by calling 888-518-VETS. Our veterans have already given so much to our country, the least we can do is give back a little to them.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Operated by Habitat for Humanity, ReStores operate around the country. Whereas some organizations only accept smaller items, ReStores accept donations of large pieces of furniture and home accessories. ReStores sell furniture and home improvement goods at reduced prices. The proceeds then go towards Habitat for Humanity building projects taking place around the world. Habitat for Humanity is the largest not-for-profit builder in the world.
Local Library or School
If you have any lightly used books or media, consider donating to your local library or a school. Perhaps your children are getting older and you don’t need their picture books any longer. Or maybe your collection of paperbacks is taking up too much space on the shelf. Whatever materials you decide to donate, libraries and schools are always in need. Just remember that when you donate to a library or school, your books or other media should be lightly used.
Local Food Bank or Move for Hunger
If you’re moving, there’s no need to keep an excess of food in the house. There are numerous food banks and other charitable organizations that will gladly accept your non-perishable food items. When you’re moving, you should also check to see if your moving company is affiliated with Move for Hunger. Move for Hunger is a non-profit organization that works with moving companies around the country. To date, Move for Hunger has donated more than 8,000,000 pounds of food to local food banks in the U.S. and Canada. If your moving company is not affiliated with Move for Hunger, you can also donate non-perishable goods directly to your local food bank.
Moving provides a great opportunity to give back to others. Once you’ve packed up all the boxes, there are often a few things that won’t be making the trip to your new home. While you can host a moving sale, consider donating some of your possessions to charity. Even just one piece of clothing or food item can make a huge difference in someone else’s life.