As we all know, in with the new often means out with the old. So, if you are cleaning house after the holidays and are looking for a great way to donate your gently used home goods, we have a few places that you can donate to help fellow Hoosiers in need.
The Mustard Seed is a furniture bank that serves all of central Indiana. Call if you have items to donate and they can arrange for pick up or drop off. The items are not sold but are given to those who are facing homelessness, domestic violence, mental or physical health issues, poverty, and addiction.
They partner with social agencies and case managers that help pair those in need with the items that they need to have a comfortable home. Please only donate gently used items that you would want to have in your own home. If you are in need or have something to donate call (317)572-5724 for more information.
Habitat for Humanity Restore has various locations throughout the Indianapolis area where people can shop donated home items at a fraction of the retail price allowing those on a tight budget to have a strong and stable home with the things they need. Unused building supplies can also be donated for Habitat for Humanity building projects. Visit habitat.org to find your nearest location and how you can donate your items for others in your community who would love to put them to use.
Mission 27 Resale works similar to Goodwill. They sell donated goods in their thrift shop and the money they make is then used to fund programs that help their community. The funds are used to stock their local food pantries and its Changing Lives Forever program, which teaches people how to lift themselves out of poverty. They accept gently used clothes, furiture, and appliances.
The Goodwill of Central Indiana is always a great option to donate. There are plenty of locations in the community and you can drop off items during their regular operating hours. Many people sometimes think of the Goodwill as a less desirable option to donate items to because they are sold, rather than freely given, but that is just a simple misunderstanding of the business model. Goodwill sells donated items to fund programs in the community and employ those with disabilities, criminal records, and those who didn’t have the opportunity for higher education. That’s why part of their profits goes to fund The Excel Center which is an adult high school to help those enrolled to recieve their high school diploma. They also fund the Nurse-Family Partnership, which pairs low-income, first-time mothers with registered nurses to maintain healthy pregnancies and child development. These are just a few of the programs they have available.
These organizations are just a few places in the community where you can easily drop off items. So get to purging, decluttering, and cleaning out that garage, knowing that there are people who will benefit from those things that you no longer need.