Things to consider when donating

Donating your used items is easy and very rewarding. Just be sure to keep these basic rules in mind. 

   consider the best place for your specific items

There are many different types of charities that will accept your household items. If you are looking to quickly and efficiently get rid of your donation pile than a place like Value Village is the place to start. However if you have a large amount of a specific kind of item, or items that Value Village will not accept than consider where those items would be most appreciated. For example if you have a large pile of old blankets and towels that aren't in the greatest condition, a charity such as Value Village wouldn't want them, but the Humane Society would love them. 

If you are willing to spend the time and put in the effort to divide your items it can be very rewarding to donate items to the places that need them most. Places to consider include: The SPCA, Women's Shelters, Homeless Shelters, Food Banks, Local Libraries and Schools, The Diabetes Association, Hospitals and more. 

   tax receipts

Some charities will provide you with a tax receipt if asked. In order to do so, you will need a list of the items that you donated and the total approximate value. Keep this list with the tax receipt that you are given in your moving folder that you created in step one for easy access and safe keeping. 

   follow donation instructions

Every charity is different in the method that it accepts donations. Whatever their method is, they have implemented it for a reason and it easier for everyone if you follow that method. Some of these methods could include pickup, drop-off, appointment, etc. 

     do not donate trash

Trash is trash. If the item can be used by those who need it great, donate it. If it can't then just throw it out. Charities rely mostly on Volunteers to sort and organize the donated items. Respect the costs and the time involved.