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Mar 14, 2024

In the spirit of giving and sustainability, donating your old clothing, household items, and electronics can make a significant difference in the lives of others while also benefiting the environment. Across North America, numerous nonprofit organizations welcome your donations with open arms. These organizations offer your items a second life and support various social causes, from fighting poverty to empowering communities. Here are some notable nonprofit organizations where your donations can help make an impact:

1. Goodwill Industries International- North America
- What they accept: Clothing, household items, and electronics.
- Website: https://www.goodwill.org  
- Instagram:@goodwillintl 

Goodwill uses the revenue from donated items to fund job training and employment services, helping individuals achieve independence.

2. The Salvation Army USA
- What they accept: Clothes, furniture, and electronics.
- Website:  https://www.salvationarmyusa.org   https://www.salvationarmy.ca
- Instagram:@salvationarmyus 

The Salvation Army provides relief to those in need and uses donations to fund various community programs.

3. Habitat for Humanity ReStore
- What they accept: Furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances.
- Website:https://www.habitat.org/restores    https://www.habitat.ca
- Instagram:@habitatforhumanity

Sales from Habitat ReStores support building homes and communities around the world.

4. Mamas for Mamas (Canada)
- What they accept: Mamas for Mamas supports mothers and caregivers in crisis, accepting various donations that can help struggling families.
- Website: https://www.mamasformamas.org
- Instagram: @mamasformamas

This organization is dedicated to changing the landscape of poverty and ensuring no mama or child is left behind.

5. The Salvation Army (Canada)
- What they accept: Clothing, furniture, electronics, and more.
- Website: https://www.salvationarmy.ca
- Instagram: @salvationarmycan 

Like its US counterpart, The Salvation Army Canada uses donations to support those in need nationwide.

6. Electronics Recycling Association (ERA) Canada
- What they accept: Computers, laptops, printers, and other electronics.
- Website: https://www.electronicrecyclingassociation.ca

ERA focuses on reducing electronic waste by refurbishing and donating used electronics to charities and individuals in need.

A few others: 

7. Go Greendrop   Website: https://www.gogreendrop.com USA

8. Dress for Success  Website: https://www.dressforsuccess.org

9. The Arc  Website: https://www.thearc.org

10. Big Brothers and Big Sisters Foundation  Website: https://www.bbbsfoundation.org

11. One Warm Coat  Website: https://www.onewarmcoat.org

12. National Kidney Foundation (Canada) website: https://www.kidneyclothes.ca

13. Women in Need Society Calgary Canada Website: https://www.winsyyc.ca

14. Used blankets and towels can be donated to Animal Shelters (please call first).

Before donating, always check each organization's specific donation guidelines and acceptance policies to ensure your items can be effectively utilized. Donating helps those in need and contributes to a greener planet by reducing waste. Your contributions, no matter how small, can make a big difference in someone's life and the health of our environment.

 

xo Meg

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