12 places to donate clothing, furniture and more.
by Kayla Guilliams
With everybody spending more time than ever at home due to COVID-19, many of us are rearranging rooms, reorganizing closets and clearing out pantries. For a while, most donation sites were closed — causing many a jammed-up basement or garage — but now they’re up and running with new protocols in place to safely offload your gently-used goods.
Here’s our running list of the best places to donate during your quarantine cleanout.
Dress for Success
This organization gathers work-appropriate women’s clothing like suits, blazers and dresses, to help women achieve economic independence. In 2021, donations are only accepted on 10 select dates between 10am – 3pm. Visit dressforsuccess.org for more information.
1812 Tillery Place, Raleigh, NC, 27604
Note in the Pocket
For kids’ clothing, consider this organization that provides clothing to homeless and impoverished schoolchildren in Wake County. During COVID-19, they have shifted their focus to establishing a county-wise Emergency Clothing Collaboration to support families in crisis, and are taking donations by appointment only. Visit noteinthepocket.org for more information.
5100 Lacy Avenue Raleigh, NC 27609
For clothing that is worn or stained, fill a bag from Simple Recycling and leave it on your curb on your regular recycling pickup day. You can leave any kind of textiles in there, including bedding, shoes and jackets. Visit simplerecycling.com for more information.
The Women’s Center
The Women’s Center is welcoming donations of tennis shoes, winter boots, heavy coats, jeans, hoodies and sweatshirts during these winter months. Visit wcwc.org for more information.
400 S West St, Raleigh, NC 27601
North Raleigh Ministries
North Raleigh Ministries takes donations of used adult and childrens clothing. To donate, visit their Harvest Plaza location between 10am – 5pm, Wednesday through Saturday. Visit northraleighministries.com for more information.
9650 Strickland Road, Suite 161, Raleigh, NC, 27615
FURNITURE AND HOME GOODS
Kitchen gadgets, bathroom stuff and furniture you’re no longer using can fill out someone else’s house. Consider these:
The Green Chair Project
This organization helps individuals and families furnish their homes as they get back on their feet. They’re constantly on the hunt for gently-used home goods like couches, chairs, tables, linens, dishware, cookware and more, and they’ll pick up heavier items. Due to COVID-19, they’re only accepting donations on Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 2pm, but you can still make an appointment for free pickup. Visit thegreenchair.org for more information.
1853 Capital Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27604
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
As you purge the garage, this is the spot to drop off leftover building materials, furniture, cabinetry–just about anything you’d use in your house. Visit wakerestore.org for locations or to schedule an at-home pickup.
2420 N Raleigh Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27604
Unopened pantry items, cleaning products, and bath products—plus items like clothing, household goods, and the like—can go to the Food Pantry or Shop at Dorcas. Donations are accepted Monday through Saturday, 11am – 5pm. Visit dorcascary.org for more information.
187 High House Rd, Cary, NC 27511
The Salvation Army
If you have large furniture or appliances to get rid of, you can request a pick up from The Salvation Army anytime from 9am to 4pm, Monday through Friday. You can also take other material item donations to any of their family store locations. Visit salvationarmycarolinas.org/wakecounty for more information.
205 Tryon Rd, Raleigh, NC 27603
Goodwill home pickup is currently unavailable, but smaller appliances, collectibles and other household items can be taken to one of their donation centers. Visit gienc.org for more information.
4401 New Hope Rd., Raleigh, NC 27604
WAKE Up & Read
Books can be hard to part with, but if you’ve already read something, have switched to an e-reader or are never going to get to it, pass the book along! WAKE Up and Read is doing their biggest book drive yet from January 23rd to February 28th with the goal of collecting 200,000 books for children ages birth-12. You can drop books off at their location on Capital Blvd Fridays from 10-4pm, or at one of their collection partners throughout the Triangle. Visit wakeupandread.org for locations.
1820 Capital Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27604
Raleigh Rescue Mission
If you have old toys, sports equipment, bikes or baby items to get rid of, take them to Raleigh Rescue Mission. They also take clothes, books, furniture, electronics and more, and accept new and gently used items at their donation center on Capital Blvd. Visit raleighrescue.org for more information.
4700 Capital Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27604
Cause For Paws
Cause For Paws takes donations of dog collars, leashes and other pet supplies. They also have thrift store locations in North and South Raleigh that will take clothes, jewelry, media, furniture and other goods. Visit cfp-nc.org for more information.
1657 N Market Dr, Raleigh, NC 27609 | 1634 S Saunders St, Raleigh, NC 27603to