First, you should head to the internet and look up donation centers in your area. If you're looking to get an itemized receipt for tax purposes, you'll need to visit a center in person. If you're just looking to donate some clothing or shoes, you can search for a drop box. You can also visit TurboTax, sign up for free, and get a good estimate of what your donated items are worth for tax purposes.
These are just a few of the larger nationwide organizations. There are plenty of local organizations that are just as deserving of your time and help, so make sure you don't discount them in a search.
Goodwill will take clothing, household items like dishes/cookware/books/ bicycles/furniture, electronics like old televisions, working computers, DVD players, and the like.
Salvation Army will take donations of furniture, clothing, vehicles, household goods, money, and even your time.
Amvets takes monetary donations right on the main site, but if you search “Amvets department of (your state)” you'll get a page that will give you information on how to arrange a drop off, or they can come pick up your goods. Amvets takes household goods and clothing.
If you're unsure about what you can donate in your area, search for donation centers, and call them. Different centers won't take certain items, so it's always best to call first and see what your local center can take.
After you've found a donation center and made contact, it's time to gather up the items you're planning on donating. Make a nice pile out of everything, then take a picture to show us. Once you've got your picture taken of your pile of donations, head on over and give your stuff to some people who need it! Take a few pictures of you actually making the donation if you can. After you get back home, send the pictures and a brief description to Rayne ( Rayne @ edenfantasys.com) and you'll get your very own post on our Eden Gives Back blog! It'll be super easy to see everybody's pictures, and a great way to share all the great work you're doing! We'll discuss our donation experiences during the next Eden Gives Back meeting, and try to get our next large project up and running.