If you're moving, now is the perfect opportunity to declutter and get rid of things you no longer need. When you donate your items to a good cause, you can clear your space while making a difference in the world.
Check out this list of places near you to donate your items - together, we can make a big difference!
Donate Clothing and Shoes
The average person wears only 18% of their clothes, so a great place to start cleaning is the closet. If you haven't worn something in over a year, it's time to get rid of it.
Clothes That Work: This is a local non-profit that has been providing professional clothing, image counseling, and training for job seekers in Montgomery County since 1998. More than 34,000 men, women, and independent teens have benefited from the services provided by Clothes That Work. Clothes That Work is currently accepting clothing donations by appointment only. The items should be clean, in great condition, appropriate for the workplace, and be less than five years old.
Threads of Miami Valley: This is a non-profit with a mission to help people by providing clothing, coats, and shoes to those in need. You can drop off donations at their building at 33 Lawrence Ave. in Miamisburg.
Hannah's Treasure Chest: Founded in 2001, Hannah’s Treasure Chest is a nonprofit organization that enriches the lives of children in need by providing care packages of clothes, shoes, books, safety equipment, and hygiene items including diapers through a network of more than 70 partners throughout southwest Ohio. They gladly accept and appreciate donations of baby, toddler, and children’s items, both new and gently used, provided they are in excellent condition. Check their website for the most needed items.
Soles4Souls: This organization distributes shoes to people in need around the world. They accept all types of new and gently worn footwear, including athletic shoes, dress shoes, sandals, work boots, flip flops, etc. They also partner with shoe retailers to serve as drop-off locations. Check their website to find a drop-off location near you.
St. Vincent De Paul: St. Vincent de Paul is a faith-based non-profit serving the Greater Dayton Area. They aid the homeless and impoverished by providing emergency shelter, transitional and permanent supportive housing, food, clothing, and household items, and guidance in leading a self-sustaining life. On average, they shelter nearly 400 men, women, and children every day. Donating personal items is a great way for groups or individuals to help ensure guests’ needs are met. The Needs List is provided on their website and is updated on a regular basis.
Donate Linens and Towels
Donate old sheets and towels to a local animal shelter. Most shelters will accept old blankets, towels, sheets, and t-shirts. Shelters use these for baths, lining pet cages, providing warm bedding, and covering kennel doors when pets need a rest from the light. Please contact the shelter before dropping of items. This is a list of shelters in the Dayton area:
SICSA - Their Mission is to promote the welfare and adoption of companion animals, and nurture loving, lifelong relationships between animals and people. To support our mission, SICSA offers numerous animal-centered programs and services for families and children.
The Humane Society of Greater Dayton: They have been serving the animals and people of the Miami Valley since 1902. It is the Humane Society of Greater Dayton’s mission to build a community in which all animals are valued and free from suffering, and life is enhanced through relationships with pets.
Humane Association of Warren County: The Humane Association of Warren County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center has served Warren County and Southwest Ohio for 46 years. Since their founding in 1973, our ultimate goal has been to find loving, life-long homes for every adoptable pet left in our care. At the same time, we have been successful in dramatically reducing the alarming number of unwanted dogs and cats in Warren County through their progressive, long-established spay/neuter initiatives.
Donate Furniture and Home Goods
Don't waste your time and energy moving furniture you don't have a need for. Check out these organizations to make a donation:
Goodwill: When you shop and donate at one of the Goodwill Stores and Donation Centers, 87 cents of the funds generated from your purchase goes back into the more than 40 programs Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley offers to the community. Acceptable Donations: Clothing, Shoes, Furniture, Small Electronics and Appliances (NO TELEVISIONS), Radios, Housewares, Toys, Books and Jewelry, Computers and Accessories, Crutches, and Medical Equipment.
The Salvation Army: When you donate goods to The Salvation Army, those items are then sold at their Thrift Stores. The proceeds are used to fund our Adult Rehabilitation Centers, where those struggling with drugs and alcohol find help, hope, and a second chance at life. Check their website to schedule a pick-up or to find a drop-off location.
AMVETS of Ohio: AMVETS of Ohio has been serving U.S. veterans since 1948. Your donation helps support AMVETS charitable efforts, including community outreach programs and job training courses. They accept most items from small furniture to bikes and clothing. How to schedule an AMVETS pickup: Visit AMVETS and enter your zip code. If AMVETS operates in your area, you’ll see a number that you can call to arrange for a donation pickup.
Items that donation sites may not accept:
Keep in mind that donation sites won’t accept everything. You’ll need to contact each organization separately to ask what items they do and do not accept. A few examples of items that won’t be accepted include Upholstered items with rips, stains, tears, and/or pet odors; lighting that doesn’t work; encyclopedias and textbooks; electronics that are out of date.
Don't waste your time and energy moving boxes full of clothes you don't wear, electronics you don't use and furniture you're done with! Donating provides you with some peace of mind while helping others who are struggling.
Good luck and happy moving!