Written by Salina Jivani
Donations tend to spike toward the end of the year when people are feeling particularly charitable, but the truth is many organizations could benefit from your gently used goods year round.
And if you are gearing up for spring cleaning or planning on rounding up your family’s gently used items and sending them off to serve a better purpose elsewhere, consider donating to these organizations reputed for making the most of the contributions they receive. They’ll put your items in the right hands and give you satisfaction in knowing your donation went a long way in positively impacting someone else in a meaningful way.
Dress for Success
With locations nationwide, Dress for Success is geared particularly toward helping women attain good jobs and succeed in the workplace. Along with supplying women with the employment resources they need to land a good job, Dress for Success also helps dress them appropriate attire. They look mainly for donations of women’s dress suits, dress clothes and accessories.
As its name suggests, Operation Prom is all about dressing people for the prom. As we know, prom attire can be costly, and this organization helps those teens who possibly can’t afford the weighty price of a luxurious dress or tux. They accept all gently used clothing and have several locations that usually become more widespread and branch out as prom time inches closer.
Second Chance Toys
This organization is committed placing smiles firmly on children’s faces who live in homes that are facing hardships or live in poverty. They accept gently used toys, most of which are thrown away or discarded while so many children out there have very few if any to play with. Donate toys to this organization and help make a child’s day with your generosity.
One Warm Coat
During the winter months while most of us brave the cold with sturdy jackets, many out there suffer because they can’t afford one for themselves or their family. One Warm Coat helps these people by giving them your used jackets and coats so they can keep warm and make it through the harsh winter months.
Kars 4 Kids
A charitable organization designed specifically to benefit kids, Kars 4 Kids collects all used or non-functioning vehicles, even real estate, and uses the proceeds from sales to educate and mentor kids. Once you place a call to them, they’ll come out within 24-48 hours and pick up your vehicle. Fast and easy, Kars 4 Kids is a great way to get rid of a used or non-functioning car and give back toward our younger community with expending a minimal amount of effort and time.
When you make a donation to any charitable organization, whether those listed above or not, make sure you get your tax deductible receipt. In addition to being a great way to give back to the community, donations can also serve as a benefit to you in the form of a tax credit.
So gear up and donate away…not only will you free up space and do a good deed, but perhaps through your charitable actions karma will pay you back in a generous way.