6 Organizations That Pick Up Your Donations for Free
If there’s a silver lining regarding the moving process, it has to be the coinciding “great purge.” Moving provides the optimal opportunity to get rid of stuff that will just hog precious real estate in your new house. But when you can donate something you don’t want to take with you to a worthy cause — and get it picked up for free — it’s a win-win for everyone.
Here’s a list of organizations that will pick up your donations, free of charge:
GreenDrop is a program serving the east coast, selected by the American Red Cross, Military Order of the Purple Heart, the National Federation of the Blind and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Philadelphia to raise funds through donations. Donations are sent to area thrift stores and, in some cases, heavily worn clothing or outdated electronics are recycled to make new products. GreenDrop accepts items such as clothing, household goods, electronics, tools, toys, and more.
In addition to the pickup service, GreenDrop offers Home Clean-Out, a free service that helps you sort and donate large volumes of clothing and household items — ideal for pre-move organization. A professional concierge identifies which items can be donated, and helps you prepare for the drivers who will pack and remove your donation.
Currently, this service is only available in the Philadelphia metro area, New Jersey, Delaware, Baltimore metro area, Washington, DC, and Northern Virginia. Visit GreenDrop to learn more.
By the way, if you’re a pack rat and need a little nudge to part with your stuff, check out these tips first.
The Salvation Army assists 25 million people each year. Online services for scheduling aren’t available for all ZIP codes, but their website provides a local phone number you can use to arrange pickups, or an online form to complete, to schedule a follow-up call to, in turn, schedule a pickup for a future date.
Due to recalls or government rules on re-selling, there are certain things The Salvation Army won’t accept, such as particle board furniture, metal desks and TV armoires, and baby items (such as high chairs and car seats). Don’t sweat it, though. You can use an app to sell those things.
Habitat for Humanity
Donations are sold at their ReStores, Habitat for Humanity’s improvement/furniture re-sell locations that sell gently used furniture, appliances, and building materials to the public. Proceeds from sales go towards building homes, as well as the repair of homes by the organization. They also accept most vehicles, including cars, trucks, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, boats, snowmobiles, farm equipment, construction equipment, and even airplanes!
Free donation pickup is offered once a week. Call the Habitat for Humanity location closest to you to schedule a pickup.
Most Goodwill locations offer to pick up items, such as furniture or other large or heavy items, that are difficult to transport. Visit the website to find out whether or not pick-up service is available in your community. Your donations are sold in Goodwill stores, and on Goodwill’s online auction site, to raise money for employment training and job placement services for people in your community.
Goodwill also accepts most cars, trucks, SUVs, boats, RVs, campers, riding lawn mowers, and more (they don’t even have to be in working condition!). If you have a junker car or a rusty mower that you don’t want to transport to the new house, arrange for a free pickup.
Pick Up Please
Pick Up Please is a program of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA). It sells your gently-used household goods, clothing, toys, electronics, and smaller furniture, such as nightstands and office chairs. Scheduling is handled through an easy-to-use online calendar, and donations can often be picked up within 24 hours — you don’t even have to be home when the truck arrives. Just box up the items and label them “VVA Donation Pickup,” and the driver will load the boxes and leave a tax deduction receipt.
Currently, the service is available in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Louisana, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
Everyone deserves to have basic furniture in good condition. Your donations to the Furniture Bank help battered women and children in retreat, immigrants, the unemployed, the working poor and the previously homeless set up their home with the furnishings others probably take for granted. They accept cars and recreational vehicles in any condition, too, and offer free pick up and towing.