As part of our ongoing effort to find a place for everything, we offer here additional resources to donate less common household items such as food, construction materials, and pet medication (just to name a few). If you find yourself with an abundance of one particular kind of item, you may want to consider donating to a more specialized charity.
Check to see if your local church or civic association keeps a food pantry, or you can contact these local charities. This is especially handy during a move (rather than throwing everything out) or after a large party (where you may have 10 unopened bags of potato chips).
Note: most food charities do not accept perishable, homemade goods, anything opened, or anything that has not been produced in an inspected kitchen and subject to VDH and USDA review. Also, Check the expiration dates of items before you make the trek.
This is something most people don’t even consider decluttering and donating until they lose a pet or are moving. But the truth is, if you have a cat or dog, chances are you may have an abundance of supplies. Who needs 12 collars for one dog?!
The Richmond SPCA is a no-kill shelter that helps find homes for abandoned cats and dogs. If you haven’t ever been there, I encourage you to stop by. They welcome visitors and offer the opportunity for some quality kitty/puppy time. As for donations, they are always in the need of the following items:
- old towels and sheets
- pet carries
- pet toys
- kitty litter
- cat/dog treats
- ziplock bags
- office supplies
See a full list of accepted items here
Have an unwanted car taking up space in the garage? Why not donate it and help children in need!
Wheels for Wishes is a car donation program benefiting Make-A-Wish® Greater Virginia. They offer an easy way to recycle or donate unwanted cars, trucks, motorcycles, SUVs, RVs, or even boats, by turning them into a wish for a local child.
Plus it’s tax deductable!
This comes up the most when cleaning out garages or sheds. Most charities will accept basic tools and some yard/gardening supplies, but when it comes to actual building materials, there is only one place to go:
- Consignment of materials
- Trade materials
- Used carpet
- Cabinet doors or drawers by themselves
- Vanity sinks without cabinets
- Window sashes
The Lions Club has recycle bins located at most WalMarts. At Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers (LERCs), volunteers clean, sort by prescription strength, and package the glasses. Most of the recycled glasses are distributed to people in need in developing countries where they will have the greatest impact.
You can also package your usable eyeglasses and mail them to one of two locations:
Your nearest Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center
Lions Clubs International Headquarters
Attention: Receiving Department
300 W. 22nd Street
Oak Brook, IL 60523, USA