The Coat Off Your Back

Published Wednesday, January 30, 2013 3:19 AM

Multitasking gets a bad rap: sometimes doing two things at the same time makes perfect sense. Take organizing; when you streamline and edit your belongings down to the things you truly use and value, you create the opportunity to donate unwanted items to those who might better use them. Think of it as purging for a cause.

Take a look around your home. Have stacks of unread newspapers? Turns out the ASPCA can use shredded newspapers for animals' cages. Outgrown clothes? Dozens of organizations will happily take them off your hands. The same applies to unneeded cars, unneeded sports gear and even books and toys.

If charitable giving is on your mind in 2013, we've rounded up a list of organizations that would love the coat off your back (or those toys off your floor!).

Household Items


Mission: Helps people with barriers to employment learn job skills.

Donations Accepted: Clothing, electronics, appliances, furniture, and more.

Salvation Army 

Mission: Community programs, homeless services, rehabilitation, disaster relief.
Donations Accepted: Clothing, furniture, household goods, sporting equipment, books, electronics, and more

Vietnam Veterans of America 

Mission: Provides aid to Vietnam-era veterans and their families.
Donations Accepted: Clothing, baby items, house wares, electronics, small appliances, tools, and other items.

Volunteers of America 

Mission: Supports individuals struggling with challenges such as at-risk youth; the frail elderly; men and women returning from prison; homeless individuals and families; people with disabilities, and those recovering from addictions.
Donations Accepted: Clothing, furniture, toys, and household goods for their thrift stores.

Dress for Success 

Mission: Provides interview suits and career development advice to low-income women in over 75 cities worldwide.
Donations Accepted: Women's business suits and other professional apparel, footwear, and accessories.

Career Gear 

Mission: Provides low income job-seeking men with training, career counseling, interviews, and professional clothing.
Donations Accepted: Men's suits, dress shirts, ties, shoes, briefcases, and other interview-appropriate clothing.


Mission: Distributes shoes to people in need in over 125 countries.
Donations Accepted: All types of new or gently-worn shoes: athletic, running, dress, sandals, pumps, heels, work boots, cleats, dance, and flip flops.


Stuffed Animals & Toys

SAFE (Stuffed Animals for Emergencies) 

Mission: Collects items for children in emotional, traumatic, or stressful situations such as natural and manmade disasters.
Donations Accepted: New or gently-used stuffed animals.

Ronald McDonald House

Mission: Provides a "home-away-from-home" for families with hospitalized children.
Donations Accepted: New toys, food, and household products.


World Computer Exchange 

Mission: Provides used computers and technology to schools, libraries, community centers & universities in developing countries.
Donations Accepted: Computers, laptops, printers, hard drives, peripherals, software, and more.

Cell Phones for Soldiers 

Mission:  Recycles cell phones for money to purchase calling cards for troops.
Donations Accepted: Used cell phones.


Kars for Kids

Mission: National organization addressing the educational, emotional and spiritual needs of Jewish children and their families.

Donations Accepted: All types of vehicles, including cars, trucks, SUVs, motor homes, boats, airplanes, farm equipment, and construction equipment.

Habitat for Humanity Cars for Homes 

Mission: Builds and rehabilitates houses for families in need.
Donations Accepted: Cars, trucks, boats, RVs, motorcycles, and construction equipment.

American Diabetes Association 

Mission: The prevention and cure of diabetes.
Donations Accepted: Cars, trucks, trailers, boats, and RVs.

National Kidney Foundation Kidney Cars

Mission: Funds programs and medical research to prevent and treat kidney disease.
Donations Accepted: Cars, vans, trucks, and boats.



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# pills for weight loss said on Saturday, February 02, 2013 1:14 AM

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# Julinda said on Tuesday, February 05, 2013 2:47 PM

The links to the organizations don't work.  (At least, not for me.)

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