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Where To Donate Your Stuff

A professional organizer shares places where to donate, both nationally and local to Illinois with locations to donate clothes Chicago!

I frequently get asked for lists of where to donate clothes, books, furniture, etc. And, to be totally honest, there are a ton of options for donations centers that will accept gently used/new items! Because, let’s face it, we all have had those new items that never got used and now need a new home.

I’ve spent a lot of time researching national and local organizations and what they will accept. Since this list is ridiculously long, I suggest grabbing a few organizations that speak to you and use those as your go-to donation spots! There are national organizations and local Chicago organizations, with lists of items they take including where to donate clothes Chicago!

where to donate clothes chicago including full list of national and local to Chicago organizations and what they accept for donation services.

National Donation Organizations


Benefits: Help individuals with barriers to employment learn the skills to find competitive employment
Accepts: Clothing, electronics, appliances, furniture, and more

Salvation Army
Benefits: Provide community programs, homeless services, rehabilitation, disaster relief, and assistance to those in need
Accepts: Clothing, furniture, household goods, sporting equipment, books, electronics, and more

Vietnam Veterans of America
Benefits: Help Vietnam-era veterans and their families
Accepts: Clothing, baby items, housewares, electronics, small appliances, tools, and just about anything else

Volunteers of America
Benefits: Support at-risk youth, elderly, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, people with disabilities, and those recovering from addictions
Accepts: Clothing, furniture, toys, and household goods for their thrift stores

Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation
Benefits: Provide needed items to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota
Accepts: From school, sewing, crafts, sporting, baby, and office supplies, to toiletries, clothing, Christmas gifts, holiday items, bed, bath and kitchen linens, cold weather gear, crayons, and more (see website for specific needs)

Operation Give
Benefits: They work around the world to give our troops the ability to serve others after they have retired from the Armed Forces
Accepts: Toys, school supplies, art supplies, sports equipment, and more (FedEx provides FREE shipping from anywhere in the US to their warehouse)

The Help Kenya Project
Benefits: Provide Kenya’s students with science, English, and computer skills
Accepts: Used computers, books, clothing, sports equipment, and other supplies

Cause USA
Benefits: Send gift packs to wounded military personnel and their families
Accepts: Playing cards, handheld electronic games, current magazines, batteries, travel-size toiletries, and more

Forgotten Soldiers Outreach
Benefits: Send care packages to deployed soldiers
Accepts: Travel-size toiletries, packaged food, flea collars, batteries, tube socks, envelopes, trash bags, and more


Dress for Success
Benefits: Provide interview suits, confidence boosts, and career development to low-income women
Accepts: Women’s business suits and other professional apparel, footwear, and accessories

Career Gear
Benefits: Provide under-served job-seeking men with training, career counseling, interviews, and professional clothing
Accepts: Men’s suits, dress shirts, ties, shoes, briefcases, and other interview-appropriate clothing

The Women’s Alliance
Benefits: Provide professional attire and career skills training to low-income women and their families
Accepts: Women’s business clothing and professional accessories

Planet Aid
Benefits: Provide clothing to people in developing nations, and fund community, health, agricultural, and vocational programs
Accepts: Gently-used, unsoiled, functional clothing and shoes

Benefits: Distribute shoes to people in need in over 125 countries
Accepts: All types of new or gently-worn shoes: athletic, running, dress, sandals, pumps, heels, work boots, cleats, dance, and flip flops


Indigo Rescue
Benefits: Assist county animal shelters, and rehabilitate pets and place them in adoptive homes
Accepts: Jewelry (for fundraising events)

Animal Guardian Network
Benefits: Rescue and place homeless pets with loving families, and assist low-income seniors and financially disadvantaged individuals with their pet care
Accepts: Gently-used designer handbags to sell in their boutique


Brides Against Breast Cancer
Benefits: Operates a wish-granting service enabling patients to make special memories with their loved ones
Accepts: New and used wedding gowns from 2005 to present

Brides Across America
Benefits: Provide wedding gowns to military brides in need
Accepts: New or gently-used bridal gowns, not more than three years old


Project Night Night
Benefits: Reduce the trauma of homeless children with Night Night Packages of childhood comforts
Accepts: Stuffed animals, blankets, and children’s books

SAFE (Stuffed Animals for Emergencies)
Benefits: Collect items to give to children in emotional, traumatic, or stressful situations (like fires, illness, abuse, homelessness, and natural disasters)
Accepts: New or gently-used stuffed animals

Newborns in Need
Benefits: Provide care necessities to local agencies and hospitals serving premature, ill, or impoverished newborns
Accepts: Baby clothing, toys, and other items; also fabric, yarn, thread, and other supplies

Touching Little Lives
Benefits: Provide necessity items to needy infants in Ohio
Accepts: Baby clothing, booties, toys, blankets, and other items; also flannel, thread, batting, and yarn

Ronald McDonald House
Benefits: Provide a “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost
Accepts: New toys, food, and household products


World Computer Exchange
Benefits: Provide used computers and technology to schools, libraries, community centers & universities in developing countries
Accepts: Computers, laptops, printers, hard drives, software, and other electronics

National Cristina Foundation
Benefits: Provide computer technology to people with disabilities or economic disadvantages, to enable them to lead more independent and productive lives
Accepts: Desktops, notebooks, printers, peripherals, software, and more

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Benefits: Work to eliminate domestic violence, and empower battered women and children
Accepts: Used cell phones

Computer Recycling Center
Benefits: Place computers in public community programs through Computers & Education™, and recycle unusable items to keep them out of landfills
Accepts: Computers, laptops, home electronics

HopeLine from Verizon
Benefits: Provide refurbished phones to local domestic violence organizations
Accepts: No-longer-used wireless phones, batteries, and accessories in any condition from any wireless service provider

Cell Phones for Soldiers
Benefits: Use the money from recycling cell phones to purchase calling cards for troops in need
Accepts: Used cell phones

iOS Device Recycling Program
Benefits: Bring high technology mobile devices (installed with educational apps) into classrooms
Accepts: iPads, iPhones, iPod Touches


The GrayMatters Foundation
Benefits: Support and empower people impacted by brain tumors through outreach, awareness, and assistance programs
Accepts: Stickers, postage stamps, blank or encouragement cards, and envelopes

Muscular Dystrophy Association
Benefits: Funds worldwide research efforts and nationwide programs to aid those with neuromuscular diseases
Accepts: Computers, software, office equipment, furniture, and supplies for use in local offices

Develop Africa
Benefits: Provide books, school and teaching supplies, scholarships, and job-related training in Africa
Accepts: A wide variety of school and office supplies


International Book Project
Benefits: Promote education and literacy by sending quality used books overseas
Accepts: Textbooks, dictionaries, encyclopedias, vocational books, and children’s books

Global Literacy Project
Benefits: Foster community-based literacy initiatives throughout the world
Accepts: In need of Pre-K to 12th-grade reading books as well as Math and science textbooks

Darien Book Aid
Benefits: Peace Corps volunteers, libraries and schools all over the world
Accepts: A variety of new and gently-used books. Please call before shipping, to make sure your donations fit their needs

Books for Africa
Benefits: Help create a culture of literacy by shipping books to libraries and classrooms in Africa
Accepts: A wide variety of new and gently-used books, generally 15 years old or newer

The Bridge of Books Foundation
Benefits: Provide books to children in low-income families, particularly through foster family agencies, homeless shelters, underfunded schools, and neighborhood centers
Accepts: New and used children’s books, from preschool through high school

Books Through Bars
Benefits: Send quality reading and educational material to prisoners, thereby promoting successful community re-integration
Accepts: A variety of new and gently-used books

Books for Soldiers
Benefits: Facilitate the direct donation of books to soldiers serving overseas
Accepts: Books and magazines (as well as CDs, DVDs, and video games) requested by soldiers

Benefits: Create movie libraries for children’s hospitals and pediatric wards across the US
Accepts: DVDs

Benefits: Provide DVDs to VA facilities for veterans in rehabilitation
Accepts: DVDs and portable DVD players

Musicians On Call
Benefits: Provide hospitals with complete CD libraries and players for patient use
Accepts: New or gently-used CDs and new, unused personal CD players


Care Wear
Benefits: Provide handmade baby items to premature infants in neonatal intensive care units
Accepts: Yarn, flannel, broadcloth, and other fabrics suitable for children’s toys, apparel, and blankets/quilts

A Little Something
Benefits: Help refugee women in Denver, CO become self-sufficient through crafting
Accepts: Leftover or unwanted beads or jewelry-making supplies, weaving fiber, knitting needles, and natural fiber yarn

Beads of Courage
Benefits: Provide arts-in-medicine for children with serious illnesses
Accepts: All types of beads, of any color and shape

Binky Patrol
Benefits: Distribute homemade blankets (sewn, knitted, crocheted, or quilted) to children in need
Accepts: Fabric, yarn, batting, and finished blankets

The Knitting Connection
Benefits: Distribute supplies to volunteers to make hats, mittens, scarves, sweaters, afghans, baby booties, layette sets, and Christmas stockings for children in need
Accepts: Yarn, knitting needles, knitting books, and finished knitted/crocheted items

The Mother Bear Project
Benefits: Provide hand-knit and crocheted bears to children with HIV/AIDS in emerging nations
Accepts: Yarn, knitting needles, PolyFil, postage stamps, packing tape

Knots of Love
Benefits: Provide crocheted and knitted caps for chemo patients and others facing life-threatening illnesses and injuries
Accepts: Yarn

Children’s Healing Art Project
Benefits: Create art classes for children in Portland’s children’s hospitals
Accepts: A variety of art supplies


One World Running
Benefits: Provide running shoes to those in need in the US and throughout the world
Accepts: New and near-new running shoes

Bikes for the World
Benefits: Donate bicycles to developing countries, so that individuals can get to work or school, or provide health and education services to low-income rural people
Accepts: Any serviceable adult or children’s bicycles, as well as bike parts, tools, and accessories

Bicycles for Humanity
Benefits: Send bicycles to developing countries, to empower disadvantaged people through improved access to food and water, employment, healthcare, education, and social opportunities
Accepts: Bicycles, as well as bike parts, tools, clothing, helmets, tires, and tubes

Benefits: Distribute soccer supplies to communities in need, to empower youth and maximize hope
Accepts: Soccer gear like balls, shoes, jerseys, shorts, and socks


Marching Mountains
Benefits: Supply public school band programs in distressed counties in Appalachia with donated new and used musical instruments
Accepts: Musical instruments in good working condition (mainly for marching and concert bands)

Education Through Music
Benefits: Promote the integration of music into the curricula of disadvantaged schools to enhance students’ academic performance and general development
Accepts: A variety of musical instruments


Unite for Sight
Benefits: Support eye care for patients living in extreme poverty in developing countries
Accepts: New reading glasses, distance glasses, and sunglasses

One Sight
Benefits: Provide free vision care and eyewear to people in need around the world
Accepts: 2 million pairs of gently-used eyewear

New Eyes for the Needy
Benefits: Send eyeglasses to medical missions and international charitable organizations for distribution to the poor in developing nations
Accepts: Eyeglasses, reading glasses, sunglasses, hearing aids


Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Cars for Kids’ Sake
Benefits: Provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better
Accepts: All types of vehicles, including cars, trucks, SUVs, motor homes, boats, airplanes, farm equipment, and construction equipment

Habitat for Humanity Cars for Homes
Benefits: Build and rehabilitate houses for families in need
Accepts: Cars, trucks, boats, RVs, motorcycles, and construction equipment

American Diabetes Association
Benefits: Strive to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes
Accepts: Cars, trucks, trailers, boats, and RVs

National Foundation for Cancer Research
Benefits: Support cancer research and public education relating to the prevention, earlier diagnosis, better treatments, and ultimately, a cure for cancer.
Accepts: Cars, trucks, boats, and SUVs


Project C.U.R.E.
Benefits: Donate medical supplies and equipment to hospitals and clinics around the world
Accepts: New and used medical equipment and supplies, including crutches, wheelchairs, and beds

Benefits: Provide humanitarian relief to children around the globe
Accepts: Foreign coins and notes

Benefits: Provide safety and counseling to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in El Paso and Teller counties
Accepts: Grocery and retailer gift cards, used cell phones

Make-A-Wish Foundation
Benefits: Grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions
Benefits: Retailer gift cards and gift certificates

St. Jude’s Ranch
Benefits: Serve all abused, abandoned, and neglected children and families in a safe, homelike environment
Accepts: Used greeting cards

Local Illinois Donation Centers

The Ark
Accepts: Household items, furniture, clothing, appliances under ten years old, but no baby items, mattresses/box springs, or TVs
Benefits: Low-income families in the Chicagoland Jewish community
Phone: (773) 862-5011
Pickup: City and northern suburbs. Requires at least two large pieces of furniture to send a truck.
Drop-Off: During regular business hours: 1302 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL, or 3100 Dundee Road #802 Northbrook 9-12 1st Sunday of the month.
Bridge to Success
Accepts:  Men & women’s professional/business clothing (especially plus size, tall, and men’s shoes) and contemporary/in season men & women’s casual clothing, shoes, and accessories. Clothing must be clean and in good condition
Benefits:  Low/no-income men, women, and youth job-seekers
Phone: (312) 733-9742
Pick-up:  Not available at this time
Drop off: 1236 S. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60607
Cancer Federation
Accepts: Household items, clothing, toys, books, instruments (no pianos or organs)  No computers, humidifiers, mattresses, or box springs
Benefits: American Cancer Society
Phone: 800-962-3260
Pick-up: Suburbs: Northern Yes  City and Southern Suburbs: depends on Zip Code
Catholic Charities Emergency Assistance
Accepts: Clothing, household wares, and hygiene kits
Benefits: Those In Need
Phone: 312-655-7510
Pickup: Yes
Drop Off: 721 N. LaSalle, Chicago, IL
Cell Phones for Soldiers
Accepts: Cell phones
Benefits: Troops stationed overseas
Drop Off: Through the mail (free shipping)
Chicago Abused Women Coalition
Accepts:  They have an ever-changing “wish list”, so call ahead
Benefits: Abused women
Phone: 773-489-9081
Pickup: No
Drop Off: 1160 N. Kedzie, Chicago, IL
Accepts: Clothing, furniture, household items.  No computers, TV, curtain rods mattresses/box springs
Benefits: Children and adults with developmental disabilities
Phone: 847-577-0267
Pickup:  Furniture only Monday-Friday City and suburbs
Drop Off: 1815 W. Central Road, Arlington Heights, IL
Accepts: Clothes, shoes, toys, books and school supplies, and nursery items
Benefits: Low income & homeless children from birth to age 12
Phone 312-767-1008
Pickup: Not available
Drop Off: Multiple locations click link
Accepts: Clothing, accessories, small furniture, and appliances
Benefits: National Council for Jewish Women – Northshore Section.
Phone: 847-853-8888
Pickup: Call to arrange
Drop Off: 107 Central Avenue, Wilmette, IL
Epilepsy Foundation
Accepts: See an online list here
Benefits: Offers counseling, advocacy, and educational services to people with epilepsy, their families, and the communities in which they live.
Phone: 855-968-3662
Pickup: Schedule online
Drop Off: Multiple Locations
Family Rescue
Accepts: Clothing, household items, new toys, computers, and office supplies. No used mattresses/box springs!
Benefits: Victims of domestic violence and their children
Phone: 773-375-1918
Drop Off:  Thursday only (call 773-375-8400 to schedule)
Accepts: Building materials, furniture, and appliances
Benefits: Low-income families who partner with Habitat as new homeowners.
Phone: 312-265-6625
Drop-off:  8 locations in Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane, Kendall, McHenry, and Will counties
The Glass Slipper Project
Benefits: Collect formal dresses and accessories and provide them, free of charge, to Chicago-area students who are unable to purchase their own prom attire
Accepts: New and almost-new prom dresses and accessories
Accepts: Clothing, cleaning supplies, office supplies and household items, mattresses and box springs   No large furniture
Benefits: Chicago’s Emergency Shelter Network
Phone: 312-666-8110Pickup: Call to  schedule large donations
Drop Off: 1621 W. Walnut, Chicago, IL
Accepts: Household items, furniture, clothing  No appliances, mattresses, or box springs
Benefits: Residents of Lambs Farm
Phone: 847-327-9053
Pickup: No
Drop Off: Hwy 176 & I94, Libertyville, IL
Accepts: Glasses and sunglasses, hearing aides
Benefits: Low-income individuals
Phone: 630-571-5466
Pickup: No
Drop Off: at various locations or Walmart or mail (300 W. 22nd Street, Oakbrook, IL  60523)
Accepts: Household items, clothing, small appliances, computers, cell phones, and furniture.  No mattresses/box springs
Benefits: Mt. Sinai Hospital
Pickup: Large donations only…Call to schedule in advance
Phone: 773-935-1434
Drop Off: 814 W. Diversey, Chicago, IL
Accepts: Cell phones
Benefits: Victims of domestic violence
Phone: 303-839-1852
Drop Off: By mail
Accepts: Prescription glasses, sunglasses, and bifocals
Benefits: People around the world who cannot afford eye care
Phone: 888-935-4589
Drop Off: Bins at local Lenscrafters, Sunglass Hut, Pearle Vision, Target Optical, and Sears Optical stores
Accepts: Clothing for families and hygiene kits
Benefits: Homeless
Phone: 312-243-2480
Pickup: No
Drop Off: 1458 S. Canal Chicago, IL
Poised for Success
Accepts: Women’s in-season business attire
Benefits: Working women on financial assistance
Phone: 630-691-1455
Pickup: No
Drop Off: 312 S. Westmore Rd. Lombard, IL on the 2nd Saturday of the month

Sabra Books
Accepts: Books
Benefits: YOU! They will pay for some books and donate what they do not want to various charitable organizations
Pickup: Yes, minimum pickup 150 books. Based in Naperville, limited coverage area, please email for details.

Sarah’s Circle
Accepts: Toiletries (trial size): toothbrushes/toothpaste, mouthwash, shower caps, women’s razors, shampoos, conditioner, lotions, etc…
Benefits: Homeless women
Phone: 773-728-1991 ext. 301
Pickup: No
Drop Off: 4750 N. Sheridan Road, Suite #220

Share Our Spare
Accepts: New and gently used clothing, toys, and supplies with children ages four and under
Benefits: Chicagoland children in need
Pickup: No
Drop off: 935 W. Chestnut Street on the first Saturday of every month from 1 pm-4 pm.

The Sharing Connection
Accepts: household furniture, baby furniture, and certain appliances in good working condition. No office or exercise equipment.
Benefits: Various community agencies
Phone: 630-971-0565
Pickup:  Furniture only
Drop off:  5111 Chase Ave., Downers Grove, IL

The Sports Shed
Accepts: Gently used sporting equipment
Benefits: Sports programs for under-resourced areas
Phone: 773-360-1825
Pick-up: Large donations only.  Call to arrange
Drop Off: Various…Far Northern suburbs (See website)
Turn what you have into what you want via swapping
Drop Off: Through the mail

Women’s Club of Evanston – Dreams Delivered
Accepts:  Evening wear and accessories
Benefits: Underprivileged girls go to prom
Phone: 847-475-3800    Carol Short
Pickup: No

World Computer Exchange
Accepts: Computers and computer hardware
Benefits: Schools and institutions in developing countries
Pickup: Yes for 8 or more computers only
Drop Off: 9717 S. Damen Ave Chicago, IL


Did I miss any?? Let me know and I will gladly add your organization to this list!!


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20 thoughts on “Where To Donate Your Stuff”

  1. Salvation Army in Libertyville will not accept books. I also didn’t see if you included the Lions Club who accepts old glasses.

  2. Please don’t donate to Goodwill! Just tooo many negative stories abound , and I’ve personally witnessed several. Don’t take my word for it; research it!

    Secondly, I highly recommend Restore which supports Habitat for Humanity.

    Also, you see unmanned donation boxes in random places. Do your research on them first.

    1. The Organized Mama

      Hi Jo! Thanks for your input! My feeling is that I will give you all the options and you can decide where you are comfortable donating. Goodwill is a business that employs people, so I am never going to say no to listing it as a donation center. I have had students work there when they couldn’t get a job anywhere else. I do love Restore! We donated our old cabinets to them when we remodeled our kitchen. Such a great cause!!

  3. Miranda Kathrein

    Where can I donate unused photo albums and scrapbook albums (including a few packs of unused photo pages to add extra photos to some albums)? I also have a few binders and photo frames. I would think a nursing home or school could use them, but I can’t seem to find anyplace that seems to want them. Do you have any suggestions within the Chicago area? Please let me know. Thank you.

  4. Wow, thank you so much for posting this amazing list! I can only imagine how much time and effort it took for you to compile, so I really appreciate all your work! Am definitely saving this for future reference.

  5. What a great list! I’m new to Chicago, so I’m definitely pinning this so I’ll know where to donate what as I unpack and downsize.

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