When you are getting rid of items, instead of throwing them into the trash, consider donating your items that are gently used to charitable locations listed below. With a bit of planning, you can make a big difference in someone's life! There are several places in the Philadelphia, PA area that will accept donations. And, I also included areas that are outside the PA area as well for your convenience.
Below we have a vast list of unwanted items and where to donate them. Here are some of the unwanted items you may want to donate at charitable locations: Unwrapped toys, American Girl Dolls, Stuffed Animals, blankets, baby items, household items, books, CDs, audiobooks, clothing, shoes, hangers, jewelry, cars, old trophies, prescription glasses, work attire, and gowns.
Here is a list of some charitable locations that will accept donations of those unwanted items.
Click the unwanted item you want to get rid of below. It will take you to the section to give you more information on what to do with the item. Happy decluttering!
|American Girl Dolls||Furniture|
|Baby Clothing and Supplies||Kids' Books CDs Audiobooks|
|Cars or Automobile||Stuffed Animals|
Where can I donate unused still wrapped toys?
Where can I donate American Girl Dolls?
Where to donate Stuffed Animals?
Where can I donate unwanted blankets and other animal supplies?
Animal hospital centers, like ACCT Philly (Animal Care and Control Team).
Your local animal grooming and boarding places, the Pennsylvania SPCA animal shelter is looking for items.
Where can I donate Gently or New Baby items and other small household items?
Women shelters, like Laurel House. The phone number for the office is 610-277-1860.
Where can I donate household items like electronics, furniture, tools, children bicycles, and other miscellaneous items?
Some locations will pick-up and some you will need to deliver the items. Check the site below to find out their policies.
NOTE: Pennsylvania passed a law about recycling tube TVs but haven't set up the procedures to do this. So, to get rid of tube TVs, you will need to either give away on Craigslist or contact a haul away company where you need to pay a fee.
Feel free to visit a more detailed post on how to donate electronics: HOW TO GET RID OF HOUSEHOLD ELECTRONICS
Where can I donate gently used kid's books, CDs, and audiobooks?
Where can I donate gently used clothing, shoes, hangers, etc...?
Where can I donate gently used custom jewelry?
Visit our post: Where to donate jewelry you do not want for more options.
Where can I donate Dresses, Work clothes, Gowns, and Wedding Dresses?
Where can I donate a Car?
Where can I donate Old Trophies?
Read the requirements for trophy donations. They do not accept several types of trophies.
Where to donate prescription eyeglasses?
The Lions club international has a prescription eyeglasses donation. Feel free to read about the program here. At the Walmart Vision Centers usually inside Walmart, they have a Lions Club bin. For local people: The Walmart in Norristown on Trooper Road has a bin. I called to confirm.
Also check out: OneSight - gently used glasses
Where can I donate various items that are not on this page?
You can check out this site to find one near you: Donationtown.org
Additional Tips: Ask your accountant or financial adviser about what limits there may be for you when donating large quantities of items. With the new tax laws, there may be limits on how much you can deduct on your tax return.
How can I remember to donate to these places?
Create your own charitable donation location list. Include columns like the address of the location, what you donate at that charity, the phone number or email for any questions, their hours and pick up or drop off times Using colored dots to place on the larger items works nicely if you are not able to be there when they are picking up the items. You can even add the name of the color dot to the checklist. Feel free to print the checklist below if you don't want to make your own. If you want more information click here.
NEW: Check out an app for iOS that will help you track your donations.
NEW: These apps for iOS and will help you find charitable locations near you to donate.
If you are looking for charity locations outside of Pennsylvania, please visit Charity Navigator. You can search by your zip code. =)
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