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Where to Donate: These 7 Places Will Put Your Old Stuff to Incredibly Good Use
Doesn’t it feel good to give back? Lucky for you, we rounded up where you can donate everything from CDs and books to instruments and prom dresses.
Donate old work clothes to: Dress for Success
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Founded in 1997, Dress for Success helps provide women with the support, professional attire, and career development tools they need to enter and succeed in the workplace and beyond. They accept donations of gently worn suits and accessories to help empower women to look their best. Dress for Success has affiliate locations nationwide.
Donate old formal attire to: Operation Prom
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Many take their prom for granted, but for some people, the cost of a prom dress or suit is beyond their reach. Enter Operation Prom. Here, you can donate gently used and new formal attire that is appropriate for teen girls hoping to attend their big night. Some locations even accept tuxedo donations. See the website for donation sites, and keep checking back since more sites get added during prom season.
Donate old toys to: Second Chance Toys
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Second Chance Toys has a dual mission—to keep plastic toys out of landfills and to donate them to a child in need instead. According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, nearly 14 million children live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level. Donating even one toy helps bring a smile to a child who faces hardship and struggles every day.
Donate musical instruments to: Hungry for Music
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As Hungry for Music’s website states, “Our most important service is putting musical instruments into hungry hands.” They accept unused or unwanted musical instruments, including acoustic guitars, flutes, drums, and percussion. They don’t accept upright pianos and organs. Of course, they prefer working instruments, but they have people on hand capable of fixing and repairing instruments as needed. They then distribute the working instruments to underserved children with willing teachers. Noa, the sixth grader pictured here, used to rely on his school’s instruments and needed to turn them in whenever there was a vacation. Thanks to a donation to Hungry For Music, he can now practice every day with his own violin. His dedication earned him a scholarship to Silverlake Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. (Here are the amazing things that happen to your body when you listen to classical music.)
Donate movies to: DVDs4VETs
Donate used and old DVDs and Blu-Rays to DVDs4VETs, whose mission is to provide entertainment to veterans who normally wouldn’t have access them. Over one million discs have already been donated. They do not accept old VHS tapes, as most VA Hospitals don’t use VCRs anymore.
Donate coats to: One Warm Coat
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One Warm Coat aims to provide people in need with a warm coat, and according to their website, nearly 15 percent of Americans live in poverty and may not be able to afford heavy coats. The charity started in San Francisco in 1992 and has grown into a national organization with over 3,000 coat drives each year. Keep in mind that donating at any time of year is great, but the need is greatest during the fall and winter.
Donate cars to: Kars 4 Kids
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Have an old car, boat, or piece of real estate you’d like to donate? Kars 4 Kids has accepted over 450,000 cars since its founding in 1995, and they have raised over $100 million for charity programs. Such a program is the summer camp pictured here, which focused on educating and mentoring kids. They’ll pick up your vehicle, boat, RV, snow mobile, or pretty much any other vehicle within 24 to 48 hours, and it’s all tax deductible. Kars 4 Kids is also where you can donate vehicles that are no longer running. And you can do it all online.