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The Best Places To Donate Your Things

They say that it is more rewarding to give than it is to receive and with the holiday season barely behind us the spirit of giving is probably still fresh in our minds.

I believe that many of us are candidates in the position to move on our old things to someone else in need, but we may also be held back by the fact that we don’t know what we can donate, where to donate it to and who will ultimately benefit it from our stuff.

That’s where today’s article comes in.

We will run you through some of the best places to donate your things, the types of the things that are accepted and exactly how your donations will be used.

If you were thinking of donating old stuff that you just don’t need, this article will point you in the right direction and hopefully it will even inspire a few readers who didn’t realize how easy and helpful donating everyday items can be.

Let’s take a look at your options:

  1. Diabetes Canada De-Clutter Initiative: If Diabetes happens to be a cause close to your heart, you should consider donating your gently used clothing, small household items and small electronics to the Diabetes Canada De-Clutter initiative. They will pick up your stuff for free and your donations help support Diabetes Canada research and also help send children with type 1 diabetes, and their family members, to special diabetes-focused summer camps.
  1. Furniture Bank: Your used furniture will change a life. That’s the Furniture Bank’s motto and it says it all. They will pick up your furniture for a small fee ( for which you will receive a tax receipt) and give it to individuals in need who are in the process of transitioning out of homelessness or displacement.  The Furniture Bank has worked extensively with Syrian refugees, providing them with much needed furniture to facilitate their start to life here in Ontario.
  1. Toronto Public Library: Is the library a place close to your heart?  Perhaps somewhere you went often as child, or somewhere you brought your children? The Toronto Public Library accepts used book donations at their Reference Library & North York Central locations. These books are then turned around at used book sales, the proceeds of which help to fund library programs that would exist with government funding alone. If you have children’s books and prefer they go right into the hands of another child, have a look at The Children’s Book Bank.
  1. Oasis Clothing Bank: With locations across the city, gently used clothing donations are provided to participants of the Oasis Addiction Recovery Program or sold to fund the program’s activities. If addiction recovery is a cause that resonates with you, consider Oasis, who will also pick up your stuff for you.  Other great options for clothing donations include The Salvation Army and Value Village.
  1. Habitat For Humanity: Furniture, appliances and home building material donations will be put to use in building affordable homes for those in need. As one of the most recognizable worldwide non-profits, you may not have known that Habitat For Humanity also accepts material donation. Depending on the amount you have to donate, they may even pick it up for you too!

Our hope is that today’s article will help point you towards a charitable organization that not only resonate with you, but needs and accepts the items you have to give.

There’s no reason why the holiday spirit of giving can’t carry well into the New Year!

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash

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