As the chilly days of fall encourage us to stay in our warm and comfortable homes, this is a great time to consider fall cleaning. . . for a cause. If you are like me, it is amazing how much “stuff” tends to gather in my closets, garage, kitchen, spare rooms, and other areas of the home.
A great weekend project on a cold and rainy day is to take time to sift through your home and remove items that are in good condition, but you no longer need. Toys and books that have been outgrown, the clothes in your closet that you haven’t been worn in years, that piece of furniture that just doesn’t belong that you have wanted to remove for some time, even gently used pet supplies! The list of items that need a new home can be endless. There are many worthwhile, local charity groups that would be grateful for your donations. You receive the benefit of a clean and organized home while giving hope and encouragement to others. Here are some suggestions on local charities I enjoy supporting:
Clothes / House Items
Children’s items, cleaning supplies, clothing, and kitchen items are all welcomed at Family House Toledo (669 Indiana Ave. Toledo, OH). Donations to the Family House help homeless families in crisis with a safe, caring environment. Through your donations, you can help them achieve their mission to assist families in their time of crisis. They can be aided in finding permanent housing, help them regain control over their lives, and reclaim their independence through education, community resources and compassion.
Toiletry Items / Food
Your donations provide dignity to their guests 365 days a year and provide homeless and near-homeless men, women, and families with more than 880 meals each day. The Cherry St. Mission Ministries are always in need of food donations and toiletries. Click on the link above to access their wish list.
- Items can be dropped off weekdays from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
- Cherry Street’s Life Revitalization Center
1501 Monroe Street (former Macomber School)
- For more details on donating items, visit their Wish List page
- Questions? Call 419-214-3008
I am partial to Habitat for Humanity. This summer I became a “Pro In Training” and volunteer as much as possible on new builds and their Home Repair Ministry. Most people are aware of Habitat for Humanity and their building projects, but they also have an enormous store that is operated on donations of furniture, building supplies, appliances, and more. They even accept donations of unused paint. When you donate your item to ReStore, you are helping to make safe and decent housing possible for everyone.
- Bring your donations to our ReStore (1310 Conant Street, Maumee, OH 43537) Tuesday-Saturday from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm. For large drop offs, pull up to the gate, located to the right of our building, and ring the call button. Volunteers will be available to assist you with unloading your donations.
- They also offer a free pick-up service for large donations such as furniture, appliances, and building materials. To schedule a pick-up, or for questions about your specific donation, visit the Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity website.
Toys & Children’s Books
Mosaic Ministries focuses on making a positive change in the old south side of Toledo with an emphasis on education from an early age. From babies to pre-teen, they have programs designed to have a positive impact and create a future of success. Toy and books help immensely.
Animals & Pet Supplies
As the owner of Roxie the Rescue Dog, I am a big believer in assisting all rescue organizations. Since 1884, the Toledo Area Humane Society has been the leading advocate for animal welfare in Toledo and beyond. Your support, along with the support of others in the community, allows them to continue providing medical care, investigating animal cruelty, rescuing and caring for more than 5,000 animals each year. TAHS accepts a variety of product donations including blankets, towels, cages, crates and leftover pet supplies. There are also many volunteer opportunities available! Check out their website to learn more.