The do’s and don’ts of donating

By: Health Local Staff Aug 01, 2014
The do’s and don’ts of donating

Enjoy the newfound organization in your home along with the feelings that only charitable giving can bring.

Wanting to give more than you receive? Not sure where to begin? Here are several do’s and don’t of donating your goods. Enjoy these helpful tips of donating on a regular basis and you can enjoy the newfound organization in your home along with the feelings that only charitable giving can bring.

The Do’s

Do donate clothing. This means donating all men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing. Shoes are another great item to donate. You can get your closet organized and supply gently worn goods to a new owner. Some stores and donation centers even accept nylons, scarves, hats, ties, and jewellery. Scan your closet shelves and hangers for anything that doesn’t fit or isn’t being worn.

Do donate CDs and magazines. Anything entertainment-worthy makes a great donation. This includes books, video games, DVDs, and magazines. Some computer software that isn’t being used may also be donated. The CEO of Value Village, a second-hand store chain, says that stereo equipment and speakers can be expensive, but they are all acceptable for donation and available to shoppers at low cost. Even though your entertainment palate has changed, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t find the item appealing.

Do clean your clothes before donating. Not only should the clothing items be free of stains and washed, but you should also check the pockets for any unwanted material. Money and trash can be found in pockets of worn coats and jackets. You wouldn’t want to give away that hundred-dollar bill you received for Christmas, would you?

Do donate household goods. There is more than just clothing that can be donated. In fact, donation center love getting household goods like picture frames, stuffed animals, holiday ornaments, kitchen utensils, and dishes. Old towels, pillows, and bedding are greater items to give away. They free up closet space and provide a new owner with years of use.

The Don’ts

Don’t donate broken items. If an item is chipped, ripped, or stained, avoid donating it. This includes games with missing pieces, books with ripped out pages, and broken furniture. Rather than donating these useless items, find a local recycling company where you can drop of the damaged goods.

Don’t donate flammable items. Be sure to use common sense when donating items. Avoid car parts, cans of paint, cleaning supplies, and hazardous waste. While some lumber may be able to be donated to the right place, most centers do not accept leftover construction materials. Contact the center before hauling the goods their way.

Don’t donate major appliances. Stoves, washers, dryers, and refrigerators take up a lot of space, especially when not being used. But, not all of these items can be donated. Make sure you contact your local donation center before disposing of the appliance. They may or may not be taking the appliance you want to give away. If the appliance is accepted, be sure to clean it out and provide it in good working order.

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