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Goodwill's 10 things to donate before year's end

Linda Miller Published: December 19, 2012
Goodwill Industries International, Inc. Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Goodwill Industries International, Inc.)
Goodwill Industries International, Inc. Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Goodwill Industries International, Inc.)
Goodwill Industries International is encouraging Americans to commit to donating 10 items before the end of 2012. During this celebratory time of year, many people are looking for a way to help those in need, and donating used goods is perhaps the easiest, most affordable and one of the most efficient ways to help, according to Goodwill.

Among Goodwill’s top 10 goods that can be donated:

10. Computers: At the end of their useful life, computers can be donated at your local Goodwill store and recycled via Goodwill’s Dell Reconnect partnership. Donor should be sure to delete personal data before donating.

9. Kitchenware: Get something new for the kitchen for the holidays? Gently used kitchenware can be donated at most Goodwill donation locations.  To find the donation site in your community go to http://www.goodwill.org/.

8. Video Games: Donate 10 video games and provide 47 minutes of on-the-job training for someone like Sarouet Ouk, who dropped out of school but found a green job and got back on track educationally thanks to a Goodwill job training program.

7. Books: Upgrade from paperbacks to a Kindle or iPad this year?  Donate 15 books and provide 26 minutes of career counseling for a veteran lik Jason Tobey, a Marine Corps vet who struggled to find employment after being honorably discharged from the military.

6. CDs: You’ve got all your songs saved on hard drives and mp3 players…do you really need those hundreds of old CDs taking up space in the back of your closet?

5. Cell phones: Unused cell phones are one of the fastest growing kinds of trash in America. Instead of discarding your old phone out, recycle or donate it. Donors should be sure to delete personal data before donating.

4. Household items: It’s time to give that lamp a new life.Lamps, frames, vases, curios, baskets, and collectibles are just a few of the many items that you can donate to Goodwill.

3. Bikes: Yes, Goodwill and other thrift stores take big-ticket items like bikes. When your children have outgrown theirs, or you’ve moved on to a new bike, consider donating.

2. Gift Cards: Billions of dollars in holiday gift cards go unused every year. You can donate an unwanted gift card—with any unused amount on it—to your local Goodwill.

1. Clothes: Suits, pants, dresses, shirts…you name it, we’ll take it. Donating clothes not only funds job training programs, but also provides new outfits for the job-seekers Goodwill serves.