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Decluttering? Donate To These Suggested Charitable Partners

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If you are looking to declutter and downsize? Why not consider donating unwanted items to one of these suggested charitable partners. Or you can donate good conditioned items to a church, shelter or other organization near you. Here are a few to consider:

From Crayons to Computers: Chesterfield County Public School Teacher’s Store
From Crayons to Computers is a free store for teachers that takes donations from businesses, community groups and individuals. Items include staples such as paper, pencils and notebooks; classroom tools like furniture, decorations and project-based learning materials; and many other items frequently found on school supply lists.

Richmond Public School Free Teacher Supply Store
This is a free resource for RPS teachers that is dependent on donations from businesses, community groups and individuals. Items available will include classroom decorations; arts and crafts materials (ex: yarn, ribbons, construction paper, stickers, seasonal items etc.); and general school supplies (ex: pens, paper, binders, folders etc.). RPS Teacher Store also takes clothing and non-perishable food donations to assist the homeless student population in the city.

F.R.E.E. Foundation
This is a volunteer-led non-profit that provides mobility rehabilitation equipment to help people regain their mobility and independence. Examples of items that can be donated: wheelchairs, canes, walkers etc.- anything that is in relatively good condition (i.e. no broken parts).

The Lion’s Club
Organization that implements Eyeglass Recycling Programs to improve eye health and eye care to hundreds of millions of people around the world. Currently they accept any and all eyeglasses.

Richmond Animal Care and Control (RACC)
Richmond City Animal Shelter serves the city of Richmond. The shelter is always in need of linens: blankets, towels, sheets- it doesn’t matter if they are lightly stained or have holes, they will take them! Unexpired, unopened cat or dog food and similar supplies are also accepted. Please note: each county has a government-run shelter and needs donations like this.

Diversity Thrift
Diversity Thrift is a large thrift store in the city of Richmond. Items they DO NOT accept are as follows: old model TVS, projection TVS, old computer and monitors; mattresses, box springs and waterbeds; cribs, strollers, child car seats; any rusted, broken, damaged, wet or excessively dirty items; large appliances (fridges, stoves, washers) over 5 years old; pianos, organs (or anything requiring more than 2 very strong people to lift); house paint, spray paint, flammables such as gas or fuel; fabric or upholstered furniture like couches and chairs with stains, rips, dirt, color or pet hair. If you wish to donate clothing, please make sure it is in good condition- no stains, rips/holes, etc.

Habitat For Humanity Hanover Restore
Habitat For Humanity is an international organization with local presences that help build affordable housing. Items that can be accepted include various building materials such as: tiles, flooring, wood, windows, doors, and cabinetry (both new and used if in good condition). Other items that are accepted are as follows: ceiling fans, light fixtures, lamps, lawn equipment, tools, appliances (even older versions that can be sold for scrap metal). Items that are not accepted are: pianos, dish washers, clothing, TVs, or mattresses.

Soles4Souls
Soles4Souls is a disaster relief organization providing footwear to those most impacted by The Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. They accept gently used shoes.

VCU Library
VCU Library accepts the following items: hardback and paperback fiction and non-fiction, art books, cookbooks, etc.; comic books and graphic novels; audiobooks in any format; movie DVDs and music CDs and LPs.

Tech 4 Troops
Tech 4 Troops is a nonprofit organization that provides veterans and the children of veterans in need with free, refurbished computers and opportunities to partner with company businesses that provide training or networking experiences. Items accepted: Laptops with power adapters, desktop computers, working flat panel monitors, tablets, cell phones. Items that are NOT accepted: CRT monitors – the bulky old style, scanners, printers, cracked monitors.