What Will Goodwill Take in Donations?

Cheryl Cirelli
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If you are wondering what will Goodwill take in donations the answer is quite simple: the organization will take a wide variety of items ranging from clothing to household goods. There are items that Goodwill does not accept so know the requirements before dropping off your donation.

Items Goodwill Accepts

Goodwill asks that all donations are in the best condition possible. This means that the donation is clean and in working condition. If the item is clothing than make sure that it is not soiled or ripped. For household items, make sure that you include all parts for the item and that the item still functions.

Some of the most common items that are accepted by Goodwill are as follows:

  • Clothing for children,women and men
  • Shoes and boots
  • Coats
  • Hats, gloves and scarves
  • Sporting equipment such as tennis rackets, baseball bats and hockey skates
  • Games such as board games
  • Books
  • Records, CDs and DVDs

Other items accepted include:

  • Dishes and kitchen utensils
  • Lamps
  • Small appliances
  • Furniture
  • Bedspreads
  • Blankets
  • Curtains
  • Linens
  • Bicycles
  • Vehicles
  • Hardware
  • Tools

Items Not Accepted

There are many items that are not accepted as donations. These include such things as paint, food, mattresses, batteries, tires and household chemicals. Other unacceptable donations include:

  • Car seats
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Windows
  • Screens
  • Gas grills
  • Text books
  • Carpeting
  • Hazardous waste
  • Televisions
  • Stoves
  • Refrigerators
  • Air conditioning units
  • Live plants and animals

Check First

If you are uncertain if an item is an acceptable donation, it is best to contact your local Goodwill center to find out their specific requirements.

Other Ways To Donate

If you are not interested in donating items to Goodwill but wish to help out there are other ways to contribute. You can make a monetary donation online. This option lets you designate where you would like your donation to go and if there is a specific center you would like to name as the recipient of your donation. Volunteers are always needed. If you wish to volunteer at your local Goodwill center, you can do so by contacting you local Goodwill to find out what opportunities exist.

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What Will Goodwill Take in Donations?