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Unread 01-28-2010, 06:31 AM
 
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Default Best place to make household donations???

Can anyone suggest an organization for me to donate household items? We are unpacking boxes from our move and I have items I've had packed away in boxes since last May. I haven't missed them. I'd like to donate them to a place that distributes them to families who might need them -whether it goes to local folks or in Haiti-

Most of the items are kitchen-bowls, plates, utensils, etc.

We had organizations that would accept these items in NY and give them to women starting out on their own, families in financial distress, etc.

Any suggestions are welcome...I know places are out there but looking for the ones you may have dealt with in the past. Thank you!!
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Unread 01-28-2010, 07:04 AM
 
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You're in Loudoun, right? There's a Salvation Army at 10 Cardinal Park Drive Southeast. I've donated a lot of big items such as furniture there. It's a very easy drop off point, and easy to get slips for your tax write off, too.
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Unread 01-28-2010, 07:07 AM
 
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Habitat for Humanity Restore has a few locations around Nova. Your items need to be in nearly new condition, though. (Salvation Army will refurbish worn items, but I believe Habitat simply puts them out in the store.) Habitat is the best place to drop off extra building materials you don't need.
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Unread 01-28-2010, 07:48 AM
 
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Salvation Army is a good place from my experience. They might not get to Haiti though, but it will be donated for a good cause anyway.
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Unread 01-28-2010, 09:32 AM
 
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I would suggest the women's shelter in Fairfax/Burke. They always need help but of course can't advertise too much.

Or, if you are up for it, may I suggest FreeCycle. It is a yahoo group that is specific to your area. I am completely addicted! You post what you have and don't want, you get a list of emails from people that would like to have it, pick someone and they come get it! So simple you barely have to leave the sofa! I have gotten so much great stuff from here! I have a tight budget (like everyone else) but have recently had to take in my disabled mother as well and FreeCycle has been a God Send in getting me the things I need for her.

Best of Luck.
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Unread 01-28-2010, 07:34 PM
 
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If you like animals, how about Humane Society Thrift Shop on Chain Bridge Road...
Here are more suggestions kind of by types of items:
Who accepts cars, computers, etc
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Unread 01-28-2010, 07:38 PM
 
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The Lupus Foundation and Vietnam Veterans of America both pick up regularly. I use both.

www.vvapickup.org

http://www.lupuspickup.org/
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Unread 01-30-2010, 06:09 PM
 
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GREAT suggestions everyone! thanks for this and after unpacking about 2 dozen boxes over the last few days (with lots more to go) I think I could probably share the wealth.
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Unread 01-30-2010, 11:36 PM
 
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You're in Loudoun, right? There's a Salvation Army at 10 Cardinal Park Drive Southeast. I've donated a lot of big items such as furniture there. It's a very easy drop off point, and easy to get slips for your tax write off, too.
Great idea! What town is that? I have lots of clothes, shoes, and household things. Thanks!
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Unread 01-31-2010, 06:42 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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Great idea! What town is that? I have lots of clothes, shoes, and household things. Thanks!
That's the eastern part of Leesburg. Near the Toyota dealership off 7.
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