While items don’t need to be in excellent condition, be mindful when deciding if something is in good enough condition to go to a second home. Our rule of thumb when deciding whether an item is in good enough condition to be donated is to ask yourself whether you would give it to a family member. Please refrain from donating expired canned goods, recalled foods, stained or torn clothing, books with tons of pages ripped out or shoes with the soles worn out.
If you’re looking for a home for off-season items, organizations may be reluctant to take them as they have limited space for storage. Also, don’t assume a charity will welcome an in-kind gift simply because it has value. You should contact the organization to make sure they can make good use of your contribution before you decide to drop it off. We require organizations to update their pages regularly to ensure that they reflect their current needs so you should have a good idea what they’re accepting.