Things you can and cannot donate to charity during the holidays.

When it comes to the holidays, it’s natural to assume that you will be getting an upgrade on some of the things you love — gadgets, kitchenware, electronics, clothing, and more! Since you may not want two of everything, it’s a smart idea to go through your duplicates and donate what you no longer use or need! However, not everything can be donated. To simplify the season of giving, here is a list of what you can and cannot donate.

What You CAN Donate

  • Vehicles
  • Clothing
  • Shoes
  • Jackets
  • Jewelry
  • Hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, etc
  • Games and toys
  • Sports equipment
  • Houseware
  • Collectibles and antiques
  • Hand and small power tools
  • Linens, towels, blankets, etc
  • Electronics
  • Furniture

Any of these items can be donated to your local Goodwill, homeless shelter, or other charitable location. Whether you’re planning on getting an upgrade for the holidays or if you’re just looking to declutter and get into the spirit of giving, all of these items will be greatly appreciated by those in need. However, please remember to only donate items in good condition – they don’t need to look new, but don’t donate a jacket that is riddled with holes and falling apart at the seams, either.

What You CANNOT Donate

  • TVs
  • Fragrance items such as perfume etc
  • Household chemicals such as aerosol, paint, bleach, and more
  • Automotive hazardous waste, such as old tires, batteries, or gasoline
  • Large appliances
  • Personal care items
  • Mattresses and box springs
  • Carpet and carpet padding
  • Plumbing fixtures and building materials
  • Traditional recyclables
  • Weapons
  • Any crib, car seat, or other devices that do not meet current safety standards

While these items are not traditionally able to be donated, it’s always worth checking in with your go-to charity if there is anything you are unsure about!

Why Can’t I Donate These Things?

While it’s hard to turn down any kind of donation that people are willing to part with, the items under the “No” category are often refused due to safety issues or simply a lack of need. When it comes to giving, stick to the “Yes” category and you’ll be able to easily make room for your new items while giving to those in need!

Additionally, if there’s something that you want to provide for a place in need, like a new coat of paint in the homeless shelter for example, though you can’t donate the paint itself, consider selling the items you want to get rid of and use the money you earn to hire someone to provide the service!

Other Reasons to Donate

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