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Give It Away Now

’Tis the season to be giving. But as fabulous as your unused TVs, clothes and other outdated possessions might be, not all charities will accept them. So who takes what—and, just as important, which charities will pick up from your home? Read on for a bit of guidance, and then get to donating!

You’ve Got: Clothes
Who Accepts: Clothes for Hope, which benefits Captain Hope’s Kids, a charity that helps homeless children across North Texas. Captain Hope’s Kids serves more than 15,000 children each year. All the profits from the sale of items to area thrift stores go to helping these children.
Will They Pick Up? Yes. Pickups are usually scheduled after the charity leaves a yellow solicitation postcard on your doorstep; however, if you have not received a postcard, you can call and ask about future pickup dates. Clothes (and other items, including shoes, linens, books, toys and household items) may be bagged or boxed and then left on your home’s front porch or driveway, clearly labeled “For HOPE.” A driver will pick up the items and leave a tax receipt; you do not need to be home at the time. You may also drop items off at the charity’s office from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.

Captain Hope’s Kids,
10555 Newkirk, Suite 580, Dallas
972/445-4673; www.hopedonation.org
 
You’ve Got: Electronics
Who Accepts: Local Best Buy locations. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, many old electronic equipment contains lead, mercury and other dangerous chemicals that can harm the environment when they wind up in a landfill. Best Buy’s recycling program accepts televisions under 32 inches ($10 charge, but you receive a $10 Best Buy gift card), computers, cell phones and more. You may drop these items off at the store, even if they were purchased at a different store. Larger items—including TVs and appliances—may also be collected and recycled if you are replacing them with a new product from Best Buy.
Will They Pick Up? Yes, if you buy a new product from Best Buy and have it delivered to your home, Best Buy will arrange for your old electronics to be removed and recycled at no charge.

Best Buy
9378 N. Central Expwy., Dallas
214/696-2089; www.bestbuy.com

You’ve Got: Used car or boat
Who Accepts: The National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Cars program accepts vehicles, boats and even planes in any condition and uses the profits made by selling them to fund kidney research, patient advocacy and more. You must have a clear title for the vehicle and must disclose any structural damage (such as rust or a bent frame). Once you’ve donated your car and sent in the signed title and an odometer statement, you’ll receive a receipt so you can claim the donation on your taxes.
Will They Pick Up? Yes. If your car is running, you can drop it off at the organization’s Dallas office. If not, you can arrange for free towing service when you call to donate.

National Kidney Foundation
5429 Lyndon B. Johnson Frwy., Suite 250, Dallas
877/543-6397; www.kidney.org

You’ve Got: Furniture
Who Accepts: The Dallas Furniture Bank, which helps local families who are transitioning out of homelessness or who are rebuilding their homes after a loss. DFB accepts most furniture in usable condition, including beds (including twin, full and queen but not king mattresses), tables, cribs and bookcases. Furniture must not be broken, stained or hygienically compromised (by pet hair, mold, etc.). Small appliances and electronics are also accepted. DFB does not accept toys, books, commercial furniture or large appliances. You will receive a tax receipt for your donation.
Will They Pick Up? Yes. DFB offers free pickup around the Dallas area. Furniture donors should have at least one large item to qualify for pickup; smaller items may be dropped off at DFB’s warehouse. The organization’s drivers do not pick up from third-floor apartments or from high-rise buildings that do not have a freight elevator.

Dallas Furniture Bank
1417 Upfield Drive, Suite 104, Carrollton
972/466-0600; www.dallasfurniturebank.org