I really like to donate. For those of you who have received my newsletters in the past, you have heard me say over and over to always have a donation bag handy. But what about those items you just don’t want to bring to a generic donation center? It is very important to plan where to donate before you start decluttering. It gives you the peace of mind needed to decide what to let go of and when. Here is a list of some of my favorites. All serve our communities in wonderful ways.
Project Smile collects stuffed animals for emergency responders to distribute to frightened children after fires, accidents and natural disasters.
Cell phones for Soldiers collects old and broken cell phones and sells them to a company that recycles them and uses the money to buy calling cards to give to soldiers stationed abroad so that they can call home for free. Go to cellphonesforsoldiers.com to print a free prepaid shipping label.
Onesight accepts prescription glasses, bifocals and nonprescription sunglasses at Lenscrafters, Pearle Vision, Sunglass Hut, Target Optical and Sears optical nationwide. Just look for the marked bin. The Organization provides used glasses as well as free eye-exams to those who can’t afford them. onesight.org
Computer equipment The National Christina Foundation will match your used tech equipment,computer, printer, software, fax machine, monitor, mouse , or any other parts-with and organization near you that needs it. Many are nonprofits that provide training for at risk student or people with disabilities. cristina.org
Furniture The National Furniture Bank Association will pick up and distribute your furniture to families in need. Most accept beds, dressers, nightstands, tables, chairs, sofas and lamps. nationalfurniturebank.org
Medications disposemymeds.org lets you search by zip code for local pharmacies that have take-back programs to help keep potentially harmful pharmaceutical waste and personal -care chemicals out of the environment.
Paint, Tools and Building Supplies Drop them off at your local Habitat for Humanity Restore. Each Restore is different so contact them to find our what they take habitat.org
Sports equipment Gently used sports equipment can help underprivileged children enjoy the fun of sports. Sports gift will refurbish your items and send them to needy children in the United States and abroad.
Shoes Soles 4 Souls provides shoes for those in need around the world. Visit soles4souls.org and enter your zip code to find a donation site near you soles4souls.org
Need extra cash? Here are great ways to lighten your load and fatten your bank account.
Replacements.com buys china, crystal and silver in more than 360,000 patterns.
Gazelle.com buys a wide aray of electronics. from cell phones to Blu ray players.. Simply visit the site to see how much your item is worth and request a prepaid mailing box. Super easy!!
Media exchange 123 buys blu ray discs, CDs, DVDs and video games Simply enter the UPC number to see how much they’ll pay. MX123.com
Recycling Visit Earth911.com to find recycling centers near you.