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Where to Donate Items When Moving

Moving can be a stressful and overwhelming experience, and one of the biggest challenges is often figuring out what to do with all of your belongings. While many people choose to sell or throw away items they no longer need, another option is to donate them. Not only does donating unwanted items help to reduce waste and support charitable organizations, but it can also make the moving process easier by lightening your load. Here are a few ideas on where you can donate items you no longer want:

Donating Extra Food or Toiletries

Find a local food bank, and donate any non-perishables to help a hungry family in need. Food, basic hygiene products, and pet supplies are always needed, and your extra items could go a long way towards helping those in need.

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Donating Furniture, Clothing & Household Items

Whether you're downsizing, upgrading, or simply looking to declutter, you may be wondering where to donate furniture, clothing or household items when moving. Fortunately, there are many charitable organizations that accept donations, and giving your unwanted items a new home can be a great way to make a difference in your community. Here are a few options:

Salvation Army

Since 1865, the Salvation Army has met human need without discrimination and currently assists around 25 million people annually. Call (800) 958-7825 to arrange for a pickup of furniture, clothing and assorted other goods. Visit their website here.

St. Vincent de Paul

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is made up of women and men who seek their personal holiness through works of charity. Call (800) 675-2882 to arrange for pickup of unwanted furniture. You can find out more about St. Vincent's here.

Goodwill Industries

Goodwill provides quality, effective employment training and basic education to individuals experiencing significant barriers to economic opportunity. Their motto is "Because Jobs Change Lives." Click here to find a drop-off location near you.

Vietnam Veterans of America

Donations collected by the Vietnam Veterans of America help fund local programs and services to improve the lives of U.S. Veterans. You can schedule a pickup and they take items directly from your doorstep. Learn more here.

The American Red Cross

The American Red Cross appreciates donations of used clothing, shoes and household linens as a way of generating funds. These items are sold through a vendor and a portion of the proceeds benefits the Disaster Relief Fund. Find a clothing donation bin here.

Local Buy Nothing Facebook Groups

The Buy Nothing Project operates across the world. You can join the group in your local area so you can give (and receive) within your community. You can do this before moving, or if you decide you have stuff to give away after moving. You can only join one group at a time, however, so will have to leave your old community before joining the new one.


Soles4Souls takes gently-used shoes and helps people in poverty run their own business by reselling them. The goal is to empower them with the skills and resources to provide for themselves. Learn more here.

Local Community Organizations

Some local organizations you can reach out to include foster care programs, refugee organizations, churches, homeless shelters, transitional living programs, youth emergency shelters, nursing homes, hospitals, domestic violence centers and animal shelters.


In conclusion, donating unwanted items when moving can be a great way to simplify the moving process while making a positive impact in your community. From clothing and household items to furniture and appliances, there are many organizations that accept donations of all types. By donating, you can help reduce waste, support charitable causes, and give your items a second life with someone who needs them. To make the most of your donation, be sure to research organizations in your area, check their donation guidelines, and ensure that your items are clean and in good condition. With a little effort and planning, donating your unwanted items can be a win-win for everyone involved.

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