Where to donate items afer cleaning out your garage

Thursday, October 14, 2010

So, you've organized your garage, and now you have a pile of stuff to donate or trash. What are your options?

If you want to go the charitable route, contact the organization in advance about whether it can use your particular items, what hours it accepts donations and whether it offers pickup service. Everything sent to a charity should be in good condition. (Your stained sofa or broken dehumidifier is not in demand.)

Here is a list of charities Pierrette Ashcroft uses, as well as haulers you can hire to transport piles to the dump, a charity, or both.

Donation Town. This Web site will match your household goods and clothing with a local charity. http://www.donationtown.org.

A Wider Circle. The Bethesda organization collects furniture, TV sets, bedding and lamps to help furnish homes for families in need. 301-657-1010. http://www.awidercircle.org.

Community Forklift. This Prince George's County nonprofit group accepts surplus and salvaged building materials. 301-985-5180. http://www.communityforklift.com.

Goodwill Industries. Drop off electronics, household items or furniture at a donation center or bin near you, or arrange for a home pickup. http://www.goodwill.org.

Habitat ReStore. Check the Web site for a list of ReStore locations that accept building materials, appliances and furniture. http://www.habitat.org.

Salvation Army. The organization will pick up household goods or clothing at your home. It also has designated donation centers across the area. http://www.salvationarmyusa.org.

These firms will haul items to a dump or charity: 123 Junk (http://www.123junk.com), Junk in the Trunk (http://www.jitt.com), College Hunks Hauling Junk (http://www.collegehunkshaulingjunk.com) and 1-800-Got-Junk (http://www.1800gotjunk.com). Arrange with your hauler to get a tax receipt if you have donated to a charity.

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