Thousands of people donate items every year, but a lot of people restrict their donations to old clothes and furniture. The truth is, you can donate tons of other things and end up helping a myriad of people in the process. If you want to improve your donation game, take a look at the different items you didn’t know you could donate, from sheets and blankets to eyeglasses and crayons. Your diverse donations can help a wide range of people.
Sheets and Blankets
Donating clean linens is a great way to assist people in need, especially in cold months. We emphasize “clean” because people won’t want to use stained sheets, bedspreads, and comforters. The next time you’re wondering what to do with your extra linens, donate them!
Millions of people around the world suffer from vision impairment, and many of those millions cannot afford proper eye care. The demand for used eyeglasses is growing, so don’t just toss yours or let them collect dust. Donate them to organizations that accept them, such as GreenDrop, and help others see the beauty in the world.
Your children’s old bicycles or tricycles don’t have to collect dust, either. If your kids have outgrown them or no longer use them, donate them. These donated pieces can help a child cut down their commute time to school or give an adult a way to get to work.
Crayons and Markers
You’ve probably been wondering what to do with all those old crayons, markers, and other coloring supplies you haven’t used in ages. They don’t have to stay hidden in your craft corner or get tossed out—you can actually donate them. These items end up taking up quite a bit of space in landfills, but certain donation programs can give your worn-down crayons to people in need or even create something new out of them.
Costumes and Holiday Decorations
Kids’ costumes that no one will wear again, your costumes from college—you can donate these. Just because they’re holiday-related doesn’t mean organizations won’t accept them. In fact, more and more charity organizations are trying to up their game. Everyone deserves to celebrate holidays, and when you donate your costumes and decorations, you’re giving people that chance.
Old wires creating too much clutter? Computer monitors and towers taking up too much space? You can donate a lot of electronics (excluding tube tv’s and tube monitors) you’re no longer using. Charitable organizations accept hard drives, answering machines, copiers, and fax machines, too. These things will no longer take up space in your basement!
Some charitable organizations have greatly expanded their list of accepted items, and GreenDrop is one of those organizations. We pride ourselves on accepting a diverse array of items, from electronics to sporting goods. Of course, we always accept household and clothes donations in Saratoga, VA, and other locations. Expand your horizons and see what other things in your home you can donate!