Downsizing: Where to Donate Mom & Dad’s Things

| By Jodi Horton

Many elderly adults will find the need to downsize later in life, and adult children are often tasked with helping their parents find a new, smaller home and cleaning out the all the goods a family acquires over many years. Several options are available in the community to take donated household goods and appliances. Consider donating to one or a few of these organizations and allowing Mom and Dad’s things to find a use in a new home. Moving

If you’ve got a few used cell phones (and don’t most of us?), they can be dropped off at a participating American Red Cross location. The phones are recycled or reprogrammed for use by domestic abuse victims, and the Red Cross receives a donation for each phone. Click here to find where phones can be dropped off in Tucson.

If you have a significant amount of goods that need to be donated, or large furniture and appliances, you can see if a pickup from the Salvation Army is available for your area. They also have a detailed list on their website of what you can donate.

St. Vincent de Paul of Southern Arizona accepts donations of clothing and shoes, furniture, large and small appliances, electronics, kitchen items, bikes, vehicles, and camping equipment. They will also provide pick-up service.

Local nonprofit Primavera Foundation accepts a variety of household items for their various programs to support individuals and families living in poverty and the homeless. A link to Primavera’s wish list is available on their website with instructions on where donations can be dropped off.

Give Mom’s workplace-ready clothes a second life to women who in need who are preparing for interviews and the workplace. YWCA of Tucson runs a program called Your Sister’s Closet, where women can visit the closet and find the right workplace or interview attire with a personal shopping coach. The women go home with enough clothes, shoes, and accessories for a full week of work. Visit Your Sister’s Closet for donation information.

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