Charities: Where to donate furniture, appliances, clothing, sports equipment

An old sofa, outgrown hockey equipment, stacks of books and even a kitchen sink: your clutter is a charity’s treasure trove.

Although most groups do not take used baby furniture for safety reasons, almost any other item in good condition can be donated.

So which charities should you call? Here are some ideas about who takes what — and where it goes:

Canadian Diabetes Association

Clothing, shoes, blankets, pillows, sleeping bags, toys, books, sports equipment, small household items, cell phones, computers. To arrange a free pickup, call 1-800-505-5525 or visit diabetes.ca/pledge. To find the nearest drop box, call the toll-free number or visit diabetes.ca/dropbox. If you would like to donate furniture, first call the toll-free number to determine if the items can be picked up.

Donated items are sold at Value Village stores and proceeds support diabetes research, education and services. The association also accepts used cars. Visit carheaven.ca.

Children’s Book Bank

Delicate children’s books for newborns up to 12 years old. Particularly necessary: ​​current titles, dictionaries, hardback books for very young children. The Children’s Book Bank distributes approximately 300 books a day to young people in disadvantaged neighborhoods. Drop off is at 350 Berkeley St., near Gerrard St. Visit childensbookbank.com.

furniture bank

Most types of furniture, small appliances, televisions with screens 37 inches or smaller, unstained bed frames and mattresses. Although items must be in good condition, Furniture Bank steam cleans them. The organization’s pick-up and delivery service is a social enterprise that employs people with limited employment opportunities and helps fund group services. Pickup fees vary, usually starting at around $70. Items can also be dropped off at Furniture Bank, 25 Connell Court in Etobicoke. For more information and to arrange pickup in the GTA, call 416-934-1229.

Tax receipts are issued for furniture. The group works with Toronto’s From the streets to the houses as well as with 64 shelters and agencies serving abused women, refugee families and at-risk youth. Visit furniturebank.org.

Good will

Clothing, accessories, books, records, CDs, toys, sports equipment, dishes and utensils, pots and pans, lamps, assistive electronics including MP3s, televisions, DVD players and VCRs. No pick up service. Deposit at donation centers. Visit goodwill.on.ca to find the nearest one. Some donation centers accept furniture.

Goodwill sorts and sells donated items in its stores. Revenue helps create and fund jobs for people who face barriers to employment.

habitat for humanity

Windows, doors, large functional appliances such as refrigerators and stoves, kitchen cabinets, sinks, toilets, bathroom vanities, light fixtures. Contact the nearest Habitat for Humanity ReStore Jessie’s, the June Callwood Center for Young Women

Car seats under five, foldable strollers and high chairs, maternity clothes, toys and lightly used clothing for children up to 10 years old.

Jessie’s provides services to women 18 years of age or younger who are pregnant or have children.

Jessie’s, the June Callwood Center for Young Women

Car seats under five, foldable strollers and high chairs, maternity clothes, toys and lightly used clothing for children up to 10 years old.

Jessie’s provides services to women 18 years of age or younger who are pregnant or have children.

New Circles

Clothes, shoes, children’s books, sheets and towels, small toys. Prom dresses, jewelry and new makeup appreciated. No pickup. Visit newcircles.ca or call 416-422-2591 to drop off donations at the agency’s office, 10 Gateway Blvd., in Flemingdon Park.

New Circles offers new and gently used clothing to low-income families and new immigrants in Toronto, with a focus on residents of Flemingdon Park, Thorncliffe Park and Victoria Village.

Oasis Clothing Bank

Clothes, shoes and linens can be dropped off at Oasis boxes in town. Bicycles, books, computers, exercise machines, small appliances and furniture, sporting goods, stereos, toys, tools can be picked up free of charge at your home. Dial 416-751-0553.

Donated items are either donated to participants in Oasis’ addiction recovery program or sold to help fund recovery services.

Pegasus

Clothing, jewelry, accessories, books, household items. Drop off only. Call 416-913-2544, Pegasus Thrift and Gift Store, 931 Kingston Rd. in the range.

Proceeds support Pegasus programs for adults with developmental disabilities and autism.

Family Shelter Woodgreen Red Door

Table and chair sets, sideboards, chests of drawers, bedside tables, desks, shelves, coffee tables and side tables. Furniture is donated to clients leaving shelters or abused women. There is a $25-$45 pickup fee depending on location. For more information, visit reddoorshelter.ca/moving-program or call 416-915-5671 ext. 222.

Gently used clothing and household items such as dishes, pots and pans may also be needed. Dial 416-915-5671 ext. 234. Filing is at the registered office, 21 Carlaw Ave. in Toronto.

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