The Star suggests Furniture Bank to its readers as one of “The best places to donate old furniture, clothes and other household items”. Read the article below or access The Star’s original post by clicking this link.
The best places to donate old furniture, clothes and other household items
By ANDY DESANTIS – eieihome.com
Fri., Feb. 16, 2018
Many homeowners, especially those undertaking a renovation project, are likely looking to remove many old, unwanted items from their space – however, some may be held back by not knowing where to donate or who will ultimately benefit from those items.
Here’s a handy list of some of the best places to donate secondhand items, the types of good that are typically accepted and how your donations will actually be used.
Diabetes Canada De-Clutter Initiative: Consider donating gently used clothing, small household items and small electronics to this organization. They pick up items for free and donations not only support diabetes research, but also send children with Type 1 diabetes and their family to special diabetes-focused summer camps.
Furniture Bank: “Your used furniture will change a life” – that’s the Furniture Bank’s motto. They pick up furniture for a small fee (for which you will receive a tax receipt) and give it to individuals in the process of transitioning out of homelessness or displacement. The Furniture Bank has worked extensively with Syrian refugees, providing them with much-needed furniture to facilitate their new start in Ontario.
Toronto Public Library: They’ll accept used book donations at their Reference Library and North York Central locations. These books are then turned around at used book sales, with the proceeding helping to fund library programs that couldn’t exist with government funding alone. Or, if you have children’s books and prefer they go right into the hands of another child, have a look at The Children’s Book Bank.
Oasis Clothing Bank: With locations across the city, the Oasis Addiction Recovery Program takes gently used clothing for their participants or sells them to fun the program’s activities. Oasis will also pick up your stuff for you. Other great options for clothing donations include The Salvation Army and Value Village.
Habitat For Humanity: Furniture, appliances and home-building material donations will be put to use in building affordable homes for those in need. Although it’s one of the most recognizable non-profits worldwide, many are unaware that Habitat For Humanity also accepts material donation. Depending on the amount you have, they may even pick it up for you too.
There’s no reason why the holiday spirit of giving can’t carry into the new year – choose an organization that not only resonates with you, but can also accept the items you have to give.
As the old saying goes, it is more rewarding to give than to receive. Although the holidays have come and gone, this thought is something that always has a ring of truth.
You too can help fellow Canadian families by donating furniture to Furniture Bank or like minded organization in your area. Come drop them off to our Etobicoke location or use our professionnal furniture pickup service.