The “New” Donating to Charity

Sometimes doing the right thing can be difficult. Even when we want to do what’s best for someone or something, we face obstacles beyond our control. Here’s such an example; one of our society’s more common actions:  donating used items to charity. There was a time when a charity store would accept anything you dropped off:  clothing, furniture, appliances, etc…gratefully! Now, you pretty much need an appointment to have items inspected before they’re accepted, which they’re often not. And you know when you put a great piece on the side of the road and slap a “free” sign on it and it’s not picked up, times are changing.

 So along with the rising trend of collecting junk, verging in some cases into the mental health arena (the “H” word!), has come a similar trend:  that of second hand stores being inundated stuff. Many of them have so many items being donated that they just can’t accept everything any longer. I know when I first started in this business, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? truck teams could promise a customer her items would be donated to charity. Now, they add: if your items are in “good as new” condition.

So how do we feel good about charity again? What do we do with those items that are in great working order, but perhaps not quite as updated as some of your neighbours’ donated things? We can start by looking for others in need, such as churches that provide furnishings for people on welfare or transition homes and shelters for addicts or homeless mothers. And yes, we’ve been given this advice before on other matters…we have to get creative. There is so much stuff out there and everybody wants to avoid adding to the landfills.

Luckily for your junk, and sadly for the world, there are far too many people in need from neglect, disaster, or just hard luck, which means, with a little creative thought and some questions asked in the community, your junk can find a new home.

For more information, check out this blog: Donate Furniture – 30 Charity Ideas for Your Old Furniture. Note:  these places take things other than furniture!

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Tania Venn is Director, PR for 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. Her other responsibilities include leading the PR team for WOW 1Day! Painting and You Move Me. In her spare time Tania enjoys the outdoors, hiking in summer and skiing and snowshoeing in winter. Tania can be found on Google+ and LinkedIn.

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