Donate, Don't Dispose

These organizations would love to get your gently-used, no-longer-needed items.

Baby & Children's Clothes, Cribs, Highchairs and Toys:

BabyLowell Wish Project provides clothes, linens, furniture and household items for low-income clients from more than 91 non-profit agencies in the Merrimack Valley, including families moving out of shelters.

Solutions at Work barters used children's and baby clothes and other items with families in need. (617) 576-0039

Books:

BooksCary Memorial Library accepts gently used books for re-sale. All proceeds will benefit town library programs and services. Information about donating to the library can be found on the Library website, or by calling (781) 862-6288 x84407 or emailing.

Bicycles:

BikeBikes not Bombs, a non-profit in Roxbury, accepts bikes, bike parts, locks, chains, helmets and tools. Inner city kids can build/recondition a bike through the Earn-A-Bike program. Donated bikes are used locally to train young people as bicycle mechanics, then shipped to economic development projects in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. 

Building Materials:

LumberHabitat for Humanity accepts gently-used and surplus cabinets, appliances, furniture, building materials and supplies. Goods are sold in their Billerica ReStore, earning money to build affordable housing.

Boston Building Resources (formerly the Building Materials Resource Center) accepts good quality used and surplus building materials. Save on disposal fees and earn tax deductions.  Call 617-442-2262 to schedule a pick-up. 

Visit the Reuse Marketplace for more options and information.

Furniture:

CouchTo arrange a pickup of furniture and other items at your home, contact:

 

Household Goods in Acton, MA provides household goods, free of charge, to people in need. Items must be dropped off at 530 Main St (RT 27), Acton, MA. 978-635-1710 ext.4

Lowell Wish Project provides furniture and household items for low-income clients from more than 91 non-profit agencies in the Merrimack Valley, including families moving out of shelters (they don't pick up).

Household Goods:

Bring items in good condition like clothing, linens, household goods, etc. to the Goodwill trailer behind Walgreens on Bedford St. Monday - Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. or Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Household Goods in Acton, MA provides household goods, free of charge, to people in need at 530 Main St (RT 27), Acton, MA. 978-635-1710 ext.3

Lowell Wish Project provides furniture and household items for low-income clients from more than 91 non-profit agencies in the Merrimack Valley, including families moving out of shelters.

Sneakers:

Nike's Reuse-A-Shoe program collects old sneakers of any brand.  This program grinds up the shoes and uses them in the surfacing of playgrounds and athletic courts in underprivileged communities.  See the website for details on where you can drop off or mail your old sneakers.

Vehicles:

Many non-profit organizations accept donated vehicles.  The person donating the vehicle also gets a tax deduction. 

 

Women's and Men's Professional Clothing:

Dress for Success provides career attire to low-income women seeking employment. Accepts donations of used professional clothing items and accessories that are in good condition. (617) 323-7544 

Solutions at Work accepts donations of used professional clothing for both men and women seeking employment.  (617) 576-0039

Your Trash is another Person's Treasure:

Use websites such as FreeCycle or craigslist to get rid of your other unwanted items.

Images courtesy of Ralf Roletschek and Serife Gerenschier, WikiMedia, and Dress for Success.