That dress from three seasons ago. That lamp that no longer lights up your life. Those shoes your son too quickly outgrew. All of your trash can be treasure again—and help deserving individuals—when you give it to charity. We’ve compiled a list of local donation centers and what items they need most. (There’s even a place that will take your old, grungy towels).
Mission: Assist military veterans and their families.
What They Need: Gently used clothing, housewares and decorative items, books, media, electronics, furniture, toys and games, tools and lawn equipment, and seasonal items.
How to Donate: Schedule a pick-up via phone or website.
The Arc of Texas
Mission: To create opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
What They Need: Gently used clothing, accessories, shoes, housewares, small electrical items in working condition, books, furniture, and sporting equipment.
How to Donate: Schedule a pick-up by calling or emailing your local office. A list of dropboxes around the area is also available online.
Charity Clothing Pickup
Mission: Supporting the Dallas/Fort Worth Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Paralyzed Veterans of America – Lone Star Chapter, and the National Federation of the Blind through collected donations.
What They Need: Clothing (adult and children’s), accessories, shoes, housewares, linens and blankets, and toys.
How To Donate: Information for donation locations and dropboxes are available online, or schedule a pick-up via their website.
Dress for Success
Mission: Promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and career-development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
What They Need: Women’s blazers, jackets, blouses, professional shoes, handbags/briefcases, coats, and skirt- and pantsuits appropriate for a job interview. More information about requirements and needs are available online.
How to Donate: Drop off at your local chapter, information for which can be found on their website.
Dwell With Dignity
Mission: To help families working toward self-sufficiency by equipping their homes with furniture, art, bedding, kitchen supplies, and food in the pantry.
What They Need: Furniture and housewares in good or lightly used condition.
How to Donate: Email [email protected] with a photo of item(s), description, and your contact information. You’ll be notified if your item can be used.
The Family Place
Mission: Enable abused families to create independence through providing counseling, health services, and safe housing.
What They Need: Gently used household items and clothing.
How to Donate: Drop off at The Family Place Resale Shop (11722 Marsh Ln., #354, Dallas) or schedule a pick-up online.
Genesis Women’s Shelter
Mission: Give women and children a safe place for shelter, counseling, and necessary items they may be lacking due to unfortunate circumstances.
What They Need: New school supplies, over-the-counter medicine, toiletries, gift certificates, clothes (women’s and children’s), household items, cleaning supplies, office supplies, kitchen supplies; gently used home goods, furniture, clothes (women’s and children’s), baby/toddler items, office furniture, electronics, toys, shoes, accessories, and purses.
How to Donate: Drop donations off at Genesis Benefit Thrift Store (3419 Knight St., Dallas) or schedule a pick-up (furniture and large items only).
Mission: Give disabled and disadvantaged individuals a welcome place to work as they redistribute used clothes and household goods to the community.
What They Need: Gently used clothing, small household items, toys, and computers.
How to Donate: At one of seven local drop-off locations listed online; pick-up service is available depending on donation volume.
Habitat for Humanity
Mission: Utilize donated construction goods and volunteers to build homes, revitalize neighborhoods, and create affordable housing opportunities.
What They Need: Overstocked items; used, discontinued, and salvageable building materials; new or used home-improvement items; and major appliances.
How to Donate: To donate individual/private residential items, contact Anita Morris with the Dallas chapter by phone at 214-678-2309 or by email at [email protected] to schedule a drop-off or pick-up.
Heroes for Children
Mission: Advocates for and provides financial and social assistance to families with children battling cancer.
What They Need: Gently used handbags for their annual Heroes and Handbags event, as well as new toys and books for children, small toiletries, and gift cards.
How to Donate: Download and complete the contribution form from their website.
New Beginning Center
Mission: Provide education, prevention, and intervention programs and services to those affected by domestic violence, in part through their New Beginning Resale Shop located in Garland.
What They Need: New or used clothing, jewelry, shoes, furniture, and housewares; new toiletries.
How to Donate: Bring donations to the New Beginning Resale Shop (120 West Kingsley, Garland) or the administration office (218 N. 10th St., Garland), or schedule a pick-up.
Mission: Feed, comfort, clothe, and care for those less fortunate or in need of necessities with its 7,546 centers in the United States.
What They Need: Wearable, non-ripped clothing and gently used furniture, household goods, and cars.
How to Donate: At one of five drop-off locations in the Dallas area, or schedule a pick-up online.
SPCA of Texas
Mission: Provide animals
quality care and a loving home.
What They Need: Towels, blankets, and comforters in any condition; new or used pet accessories and toys; newspapers; cleaning, medical, and office supplies.
How to Donate: Drop off goods at one of the SPCA’s two shelter locations (2400 Lone Star Dr., Dallas or 8411 Stacy Rd./FM 720, McKinney).
St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store
Mission: To operate a thrift store that services its community and its needs while also providing financial support to the Dallas St. Vincent de Paul Society.
What They Need: Gently used clothing, jewelry, small electronic appliances, housewares and decorative items, linens, blankets, indoor and outdoor furniture, toys, art, books, media, and mobile phones.
How to Donate: Drop off donations at the thrift store (3052 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas) or schedule a pick-up online.
Texans Can Academies
Mission: To provide the highest quality education for all students, especially those who have struggled in a traditional high school setting, in order to ensure their economic independence.
What They Need: Cars, trucks, motor homes, boats, jet skis, recreational vehicles, trailers, motorcycles, tractors, forklifts, and heavy equipment—regardless of condition or registration status.
How to Donate: Fill out the donation form on their website or call 866-835-KIDS to schedule a pick-up in Texas or throughout the U.S.