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Where to Give Away Your Stuff

We get many calls asking where things like cars, computers, office furniture and many other products can be donated. Here's a list of who takes what in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

We tell you what each charity accepts, where it accepts things and whether they will pick up products. These charities are listed alphabetically by name in this list.

There is also a list organized by types of items they accept.

Most of these charities have a page in this website where you can learn more about their work. To go to this page, simply click on the charity’s name. All the charities on this website are part of the federal charity drive and have thus met a series of accountability standards, such as an annual audit.

If you know of other charities that accept product donations, please e-mail the information to us (info@CharityChoices.com).

Thank you for taking the time to donate items that can benefit others.


4 Paws Rescue Team

(703)715-6369

Accepts: Hand towels and sheets, cat litter and/or cat food, cat carriers, cat beds, small cardboard boxes (used as litter boxes at adoption fairs), cat toys, stamps, calling cards, gift cards.

Donated items can be taken to any adoption fair – dates and locations are available at www.fourpaws.org or call 703-715-MEOW to make other arrangements.


A Woman's Choice

6201 Leesburg Pike, Suite 220
Falls Church, VA 22044
(703)538-4305 

Accepts: New and/or slightly used baby clothing from newborn to size 5 Toddler, maternity Clothes, baby accessories, cribs (with all parts and instructions), car seats (with all straps) and strollers

Items can be dropped off at the Center Monday through Friday from 10 am until 2 pm or by special appointment.

Donate Your Vehicle at 1-888-638-1171

Donate Your Timeshare at: www.donateforacause.org or call l- 877-8-A-CAUSE (877-822-2873)

Email: info@donateforacause.org

8550 Arlington Boulevard
Fairfax, VA 22031
(703) 584-8453

The American Red Cross of the National Capital Area has a detailed list of items they accept. For a complete list click here.

We DO NOT accept clothing donations. You may contact Yesterday’s Rose, a thrift store in Fairfax, Virginia, that does accept clothing. Red Cross receives proceeds from the sale of items at this store. Their phone number is 703-385-9517

Office Hours: 9:00am - 5:00pm Monday through Friday
To make an in-kind donation, please contact the Development Coordinator at (703) 584-8442. Thank you so very much for thinking of the American Red Cross of the National Capital Area!


Animal Welfare League of Arlington

2650 S. Arlington Mill Dr.
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 931-9241

Wish List for the Animal Welfare League of Arlington:

  • Towels, wash cloths, and hand towels
  • Pillow cases
  • Shoeboxes
  • Plain non-electric blankets (new or in very good shape)
  • Animal beds (only those small enough to fit in washer and Dryer)
  • Stainless steel or ceramic bowls
  • Unopened cat or dog food for wildlife rehabilitators
  • Unopened boxes of cat or dog treats

    DOGS
  • Hard rubber toys (such as Kongs)
  • NylaBones (only in good repair and not chewed)
  • Nylon, leather and cotton leashes in good shape
  • Leather or cotton collars in good shape
  • Crates in good repair (no rust and all parts in good working order)

    CATS
  • Cat litter boxes (new only)
  • Leather or cotton collars in good shape
  • Clay cat litter; Care Fresh Litter; Non-clumping litter
  • Plastic or rubber toys (nothing fuzzy or furry)

    RABBITS, FERRETS, BIRD, OTHER ANIMALS
  • Wooden chew items and accessories for rabbits and small rodents (new only)
  • Bird toys and accessories
  • Cages for bird/ferrets and aquariums in good shape
  • Hay

    OFFICE SUPPLIES
  • Clorox Cleaning Wipes
  • Reams of Colored and White Paper
  • Pens, blue or black Ink
  • Video Cameras for animal control trucks
  • Stamps
  • Avery Labels, especially #5266 and #5260

We often need large quantities of food and other supplies, including new items for prizes for special events such as the Annual Walk for the Animals and Catsino Night and Silent Auction.

To make a donation, contact the Development Manager at 703-931-9441 ext.220 or donate@awla.org


Black Student Fund

3636 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC
202-387-1414

Accepts: School supplies, toys, office supplies, clothes, etc.


Capital Area Food Bank

645 Taylor St. NE
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 526-5344

6833 Hill Park Drive
Lorton, VA 22079
(703) 541-3063

Accepts: Non-perishables only
Call and speak with Molly McGlinchy at 202-526-5344 ext.311.

Cars (202) 526-5344 ext.236. Call and speak with Gifty Cobblah or e-mail at coblahg@cfoodbank.org.


Capital Hospice Thrift Shop
Willston I Shopping Center
6172 Arlington Blvd
Falls Church, VA
(703) 532-5355

Turn your goods into gold for patient care.

We accept gently-used clothing (boutique and other), household items (glass, ceramics, small appliances) and some furniture (not upholstered), Wednesdays through Sundays.

Open 7 days a week 10 am - 5 pm Mondays through Saturday, 11- 4 Sundays
Senior Citizens discount on Tuesdays!

1-866-332-1778

http://www.cwla.org/donate/otherways.htm

Accepts: Vehicles

1717 Columbia Road, NW
Washington, DC
(202) 328-1100

Accepts: Clothing, toiletries, some computer equipment, musical instruments, CD’s, and art supplies for the Kairos Program.

202-347-8870
www.DCCFH.org

Accepts: Clothing items, household items in good conditions such as sofas, beds, and dressers.

We pick up and accept drop offs at our various programs sites that are listed in our website.


DC Habitat for Humanity Wish List

(202) 882-4600

Accepts: Tool Van
Pickup truck
Warehouse
Printing Services
Lunch donations for volunteers
Office supplies
New cordless drills
New power tools

Drop-Off Location

843 Upshur St. NW (Near the Georgia Ave. Metro).

Call the office for more information: (202) 882-4600.


Days End Farm Horse Rescue

15856 Frederick Rd.
Lisbon, MD 21765
(301) 854-5037     (410) 442-1564

Accepts: Working cars, good grass hay, office supplies.

Call to arrange drop-off. List of needed items on website.
www.defhr.org/farm/wish.htm * defhr@erols.com


Food & Friends

219 Riggs Road NE
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 269-2277

Accepts donations of::

Large Items

  • copiers
  • color printers
  • desktop computers
  • LCD projector
  • cars

Small Items

  • PUR Water filters and portable microwaves for our clients
  • copy paper (colored and white)
  • Avery labels 5160 or 6163
  • AAA and AA batteries,
  • food items such as canned food, cereal, shelf stable milk, peanut butter, cooking oils
    For any questions on making a donation please call (202) 269-6880

This link will bring you to our Food Drive list.


Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia

(703)521-9890

Accepts:

  • Cars
  • Lunch Donations for Volunteers
  • Power tools
  • Printing Services

Drop-off Location: 4451 First Place South, Arlington, VA 22204


Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia ReStore

703-360-6700

Accepts:

Home improvement items including: Appliances, Furniture, Antiques, Doors, Windows, Tile and Lighting Fixtures.

Drop off location: 7770 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA 22306


His Hidden Treasures

We will pick up from your location. We service all of Northern Virginia including the following cities and counties: Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun, and Fauquier.

Accepts: We come into your home and receive your donations of wood furniture, antiques and vintage pieces, household kitchen items, lamps and décor. Upholstered items need to be in LIKE NEW condition. No mattresses. At His Hidden Treasures, our goal is to assist those in the midst of recovery and restoration. We are meeting needs and transforming lives in our local communities by ministering to those transitioning from homeless shelters through donations and resale of furniture and household items.

Please send photo of donation and email information to: info@hishiddentreasures.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/hishiddentreasure


Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia ReStore

703-360-6700

Accepts:

Home improvement items including: Appliances, Furniture, Antiques, Doors, Windows, Tile and Lighting Fixtures.

Drop off location: 7770 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA 22306


The Hebrew Home of Greater Washington

(301) 770-8329

Accepts: Cars, trucks and other vehicles.

Call to schedule pick-up


Homestretch

(703) 237-2035

Accepts: cars, computers, household items, and furniture.

Will pick up items from houses, apartments, and businesses in
Northern Virginia, Monday to Friday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Items can also be brought to the Homestretch office in Falls Church.

370 S. Washington St., Suite 400
Falls Church, VA 22046

Call to arrange pick-up or e-mail: info@homestretch-inc.org.

The website -- www.homestretch-inc.org -- includes "How You Can Help" and "Wish List" pages.


Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington (JCA)

11820 Parklawn Dr.
Rockville, MD 20852

Accepts: Cars, trucks and vans as well as computers and computer equipment

Donating a vehicle to JCA is as easy as contacting Micki Gordon at (301) 255-4231 or Donations@AccessJCA.org. Micki will arrange a free pick-up, help you qualify for a charitable deduction, and enable you to escape the maelstrom of price haggling, multiple phone calls and confusing paperwork that so often accompany trying to sell a used vehicle. She can even arrange to remove the vehicle’s license plates!

To donate a computer or computer equipment, please contact JCA at (240) 395-0916 or ComputerDocs@AccessJCA.org for information about the equipment we need. Thank you!


Jewish Foundation for Group Homes

(301) 984-3839

Accepts: Cars, trucks and vans

Please contact Annette Schreiber at 301-984-3839 or aschreiber@jfgh.org to arrange for a pick up.

To view our wish list, please go to: http://www.jfgh.org/wishlist.asp


Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA)

301.838.4200   703-204-9100

contactus@jssa.org     www.jssa.org

Accepts: Donate your USED CAR by calling JSSA's Car Donation Hotline at 301.585.CARS (2277) to arrange free pickup. Provide the signed title and car keys to driver upon pickup and receive a tax-deduction letter in the mail once the car is sold.

Gift Cards for clients in need of financial assistance. Contact Keren Korman at 301.610.8395 or kkorman@jssa.org for more information

United Way (8128) and CFC (48469) Workplace Giving

Online and Tribute (Honor/Memorial) Donations at www.jssa.org/donatenow


Legal Services of Northern Virginia

(703) 778-6800

Accepts: Office supplies and computer equipment. 


Miriam's Kitchen

2401 Virginia Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20037

(202) 452-8926 ext.4

Accepts:

Winter clothing:

  • Men’s sweaters (preferably hoodies)
  • Men’s jeans
  • Sleeping bags
  • Socks
  • Winter Hats and gloves
  • Winter Coats

Food:

  • Coffee
  • Ketchup
  • Brown and white sugars
  • White, wheat and corn flours, and corn meal
  • Baking powder and soda
  • Dry herbs and spices
  • Pancake mix
  • Juice/Tang/lemonade dry mixes
  • Tea bags
  • All oils and vinegars
  • Pancake syrup
  • Tortilla chips for afternoon café
  • Canned beans, tomato product, salad fixings
  • Items that could make good bases for the café crudite dips such as sun-dried tomatoes ranch/blue cheese dressing, etc.
  • Plastic forks, knives and spoons
  • Paper towels and napkins

N St. Village

202-939-2075, Community Outreach Coordinator

Accepts:

Donations listed at: http://www.nstreetvillage.org/getinvolved/wishlist.cfm

To Make a Donation:
  • Ensure that the donated items are in working order, gently used, or new and that clothing is clean, free of tears or stains, and appropriate for the current season.

  • Call the Community Outreach Coordinator at 202-939-2075 to talk about current needs and set up an appointment to drop of donations.
Drop-off location: 1333 N St. NW, Washington, DC 20005

Hours: Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm

The National Center for Children and Families

6301 Greentree Road
Bethesda, MD 20817
(301) 365-4480 ext. 113

Accepts: Personal Hygiene Supplies (soap, toothbrush, lotion, shampoo, dental floss, conditioner, feminine products, toothpaste, mouthwash, etc.) full size items preferred

Baby Supplies (disposable diapers, pacifiers, cribs, formula, toys, bottles, bibs, sleepers, wipes, diaper genies, snowsuits, powder, lotion, baby oil, strollers, etc.)

Cleaning Supplies (unopened containers of laundry detergent and bleach, sponges, mops, brooms, buckets, paper towels, etc.)

School Supplies (loose-leaf paper, pens, pencils, computer disks, lunch boxes, notebooks, organizers, crayons, back packs, pencil cases, calculators, etc.)

Craft Supplies (yarn, glue sticks, colored pencils, finger paints, colored paper, magic markers, felt, lace, ribbon, etc.)

First Aid Supplies (bandages, baby aspirin, cough syrup, cotton swaps, alcohol swaps, peroxide, Pedialyte, Neosporin, Tylenol, ice packs, etc.)

Other Supplies:
Furniture (twin beds, dressers, tables, chairs, couches, coffee tables, etc.)

Food
Cameras (disposable)
Halloween costumes
Film
Picture frames
Photo albums
Vacuum cleaner
Iron
Postage stamps
Sheets
Towels
Washcloths
Toasters
Day planners
Wall calendars
Watches
Thread
* Full-size toiletry items preferred

* Furniture that is not worn, torn, or soiled Updated Wish List located at http://www.nccf-cares.org/wish.htm Call to make arrangement


Neighbors' Consejo

3118 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 234-6855 x 27

Accepts: Household furniture appliances, household items, toiletries, glassware and landscaping services.

Accepts:
Cars
Small Appliances (microwaves, etc.)

3925 Plyers Mill Rd., Ste. 202
Kensington, MD 20895
(301) 933-2700

Accepts:

  • a pick-up truck
  • new hand tools
  • new power tools
  • printing services
  • graphic design services
  • warehouse space in Montgomery County

Accepts: Cars

Go to web site for instructions: www.smyal.org


SIDS Educational Services

(301) 322-2620

Accepts: Office equipment such as printers, fax machines, scanners, computers, Furniture such as chairs, small sofa and small desk.


Smithsonian's National Zoo

3001 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 633-3042

Household Items:

Feather dusters (NEW only)

Night lights (bulbs and holders) (new or used)
Large, plastic kiddie pools (new or gently used and clean)
Full length mirrors (new or used)

Tools and building supplies (new or gently used; clean, with all parts):

Hammer drill, bow saw, small power saw, Dremel tools, hack saw, drill bits
Hand tools, hammers, pliers, screwdrivers, socket sets
Corded and cordless drills
Gas and electric chain saws
Hand truck

PVC pipes, caps, and elbows (heavy duty, various diameters with Caps for each diameter) (NEW only)
PVC cutting tools
Leatherman multi-use tool
Leather gloves (NEW only)
Steel digging spade
Assorted garden tools (such as cultivators, trowels, transplanters)
Long Reach brand pruners
Felco Brand No. 2 pruners
Rechargeable flashlights
Dramm brand aluminum watering wand and water breaker
Wheelbarrow
E-Z Flo Automatic Fertilizing System

Pet Items (NEW items only please)

Artificial Rocks

Cholla wood
The Almost Indestructible Ball (hard plastic)
Kong toys, various sizes and styles
Jolly Pets items (Push-n-Play balls, Teaser balls, Tug-n-Toss balls, Romp-n-Roll)

Boomer Ball items (Ferret Log, 20" Jungle Ball)

Gift cards to pet stores, Star Bird, Otto Environmental, Boomer Ball, Dura-Cast, home improvement stores, wild bird stores, marine supply stores.


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Bikes for the World
(703) 740-7856

Accepts: Bicycles, bicycle spare parts & accessories, hand tools (wrenches, screwdrivers, and hammers of all types), portable sewing machines.

Visit website for local collection schedule www.bikesfortheworld.org, or call 703-740-7856 to make arrangements.

Summary: Bikes For The World (703-740-7856) mobilizes hundreds of area volunteers to annually collect, pack, and ship thousands of unwanted bicycles (and spare parts & accessories), donating these items to community development programs serving the world's poor. These bicycles provide affordable transport to low-income people, generating jobs and raising incomes, getting students to school, and delivering health care services. Donated bicycles help receiving partner organizations create and operate self-sustaining bike repair workshops which in turn support broader anti-poverty efforts. Beginning as a project of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association in January 2005, Bikes for the World became an independent 501 (c)(3) charity early in 2011. As of the end of 2011, it has collected and donated more than 58,000 bicycles--9,000 bikes in 2011 alone--and is now the nation's largest bicycle reuse program.


Montgomery County Volunteer Center

The Montgomery County Volunteer Center puts out a weekly list of products that local donors want to give away. To put a product on this list, go to: http://www.montgomeryserves.org/volunteers/donations-collections.

On this page you will also find a list of Montgomery County organizations that accept donations of clothes.


GOODWILL OF GREATER WASHINGTON
(202) 636-4233

ACCEPTS: Clothing, furniture, small appliances, housewares, computers
(Pentium I and newer), electronics and toys. Cars (202) 715-2636.
NO: Mattresses or box-springs, sofa beds, large appliances, hazardous
material, construction material, CPSC-recalled items, or items that are
soiled, broken or missing pieces. Visit www.dcgoodwill.org for a more complete list. Vehicles must be in running and driveable condition and be 1987 or newer foreign makes or 1991 or newer American models. Visit www.GWCars.org for more
information.

Drop Off Locations
DC: 2916 V St., NE
(Between S. Dakota and Bladensburg Aves.)
Washington, DC
Attended donation truck; no phone
Donation hours 11-dusk Monday-Friday; 10-dusk weekends. Only clothes and
toys are accepted at this site.

MD: 619 S. Frederick Ave.
(Just north of the Walnut Hill Shop Center)
Gaithersburg, Md.
(301) 527-0970
Donation hours 9-7 Monday-Saturday; 12-5 Sundays

VA: 10 S. Glebe Rd.
(SW corner of Glebe/Rt. 50 intersection)
Arlington, Va.
(703) 769-3711
Donation hours 10-8 Monday-Saturday; 12-5 Sundays

VA: 8014 Sudley Rd.
Manassas, Va.
(703) 551-3200
Donation hours 11-7 Monday-Saturday; 12-5 Sundays

VA: 6244 Old Dominion Dr.
(Chesterbrook Shopping Center)
McLean, Va.
Attended donation truck; no phone
Donation hours 11-6:30 seven days a week


Excess Access

This national organization matches items that you have to donate with nonprofits' wish lists. A donor must register on their website and pay a fee.

Accepts most items. All info on website.
www.ExcessAccess.com


The Jewish Information and Referral Service

(301) 770-4848

The Jewish Information and Referral Service acts as a go-between for individuals who want to give away almost anything and organizations or individuals (who have been identified by caseworkers) that have needs.

Organizations are listed on the website. Feel free to call or email.
www.jirs.org

jirs@jewishfedwash.org


COMPUTERS ONLY

Electronic Industries Alliance

ElectronicsRecycling.net is a web site intended to provide a forum and serve as an information collection site relating to electronics recycling.

Find out who is accepting used computers in your state.


CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS

Montgomery County Recycling Center accepts construction materials and recycles computers.


CHARITIES NEW TO THIS LIST:

 Abused and Homeless Children's Refuge -- Alternative House

PO Box 694
Dunn Loring, VA 22027

The delivery address is 2100 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA 22182.

(703)506-9191

Accepts:
toiletries, cleaning supplies, hotel samples, storage containers and storage bins, and office supplies, (copy paper, ink cartridges, etc.).

We do not accept TV's, furniture or any stuffed toys. We will accept Monday-Friday-8am-9pm and Saturday/Sundays-9am-9pm. Christine Bartell is the contact.

Accepts:
Glassware, Clothing, Household Items, Toiletries, Books, CDs, Electronics, and Toys

Please note that items can be dropped off at Interfaith Works Clothing Center on Monday and Friday between 9:00am - 7:00pm. Tuesday through Thursday items may be dropped of between 9:00am - 5:00pm. www.iworksmc.org

Accepts:
Donate used and new interview clothing – For men, we accept dress shirts, ties, slacks, business suits and casual dress shoes. For women, we accept blouses, dark-colored skirts, professional dresses, and casual dress shoes.

Donated items may be dropped off at our Washington, DC, office. To schedule a donation drop off, please contact Jacqueline Stewart, Jubilee Jobs Associate Director on (202) 667-8970 or jstewart@jubileejobs.org.


Sights & Sounds Black Cultural Expo Museum

Accepts:
Art, Antiques, Books, Computers, Office Supplies, Building Materials, Electronics, and a van.

Acceptance policies: call 404-966-2137 any time between 9am -5pm, Monday – Friday, willing to work out delivery arrangements.

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