Donate furniture to a charity or other worthwhile organization
and help preserve the environment while helping those in need.
Furniture constitutes a major expense for most of us. For families struggling to make ends meet it can be a real budget buster. Fortunately, there are many organizations which offer used furniture for sale at significantly reduced prices (and in some cases for free) to those in need. Consider donating to one of these institutions.
Ecclesiastical leaders tend to know the needs of those whom they serve. Check with a local pastor to learn if anyone in his congregation has need of your used furniture.
Ohio residents can donate furniture to the CORE Furniture Bank, and it will be in the home of a family in need within a week. Located in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, CORE seeks donations of clean, serviceable, basic furniture pieces for distribution to underprivileged families or families in emergency situations. They also accept appliances such as washers, dryers, refrigerators, stoves, and microwaves. Check your local yellow pages for similar charities in your area.
Donation Town puts you in contact with local charities that will pick up your donations for free. You can do specific searches on the Donation Town website for charities that will pick up not just furniture, but also books, clothing, toys, shoes or household items. This resource is most useful if you live in or near a metropolitan area since most charities have a mileage limit which prevents them from traveling beyond a certain radius to pick up donations.
Furniture Bank accepts donations of gently used furniture for families in poverty. There are Furniture Banks in 30+ states. They offer pick up for residential donations but only if you live within 15-20 miles of a furniture bank.
Donate furniture and other household items and appliances to a Habitat for Humanity Restore to be sold to the public at greatly reduced prices. The proceeds are used to build or renovate homes in the local area.
Shelters are designed to temporarily meet basic needs of individuals or families in difficult circumstances. Many accept donations of basic furniture such as beds, couches, and tables.
You can donate furniture to thrift stores like Goodwill and The Salvation Army. Items are then sold at greatly reduced prices to benefit those on a tight budget. Proceeds go to support whatever charity operates the thrift store and fund their programs. Not all thrift stores are non-profit organizations. If you want your donation to go to charity, check to see what organization is operating the thrift store or stick to a nationally known chain.
The Vietnam Veterans of America have numerous chapters around the country. They accept donations of furniture and other household items, clothing, electronics, and more. Donations benefit American veterans and their families.
Refurbishing is frequently a good way to give new life to old furniture. If you have neither the time nor the inclination to remake an old piece, the next best option is to pass it on to someone else who can use it. When you donate furniture to charities and other organizations, you not only help others; you also help the environment by keeping bulky items out of landfills.
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