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Top 4 Things You Should Donate this Spring

Spring presents the perfect time to take a fresh look at the items in your home and decide what should stay and what should go. As you cleanse your closet and de-clutter your home, Goodwill of the Finger Lakes can put your unwanted items to good use.

When you donate gently used clothing, housewares and electronics, you are helping Goodwill provide unique training and employment opportunities to thousands of people in the Greater Rochester community who have barriers to independence, including visual impairments and developmental disabilities.

Here are the Top 4 Things that people should consider donating this Spring:

1. Computers – Through the Reconnect program, the nine Goodwill of the Finger Lakes retail locations have partnered with Dell to accept computers for free to be recycled, regardless of whether these items are in working condition. Additionally, laptops, netbooks, mice, printers, and even CVT monitors can all be donated to Goodwill. The Dell Reconnect program offers consumers a way to dispose of unwanted technological equipment in an environmentally responsible way while receiving a tax deduction and helping others in the community.

2. Clothing – It may be hard, but Spring is the perfect time to let go of those jeans that never quite fit or that sweater that wasn’t ever your style. Goodwill of the Finger Lakes will gladly accept your gently used clothing, reviving its lifecycle and diverting it from the landfill. As you’re cleaning out the closet, it’s easy to put your clothing donations in pile and, when you’re finished, bring them to one of the nine local Goodwill stores.

3. Books – We all have our favorite books. But we also all have books that we’ve never got around to reading, or that we’ve read and just don’t know what to do with now that they’ve been read. The simple answer is donate these books to Goodwill. Donating these books frees valuable shelf space and makes room for all of the new books you just can’t wait to read. Also, check your kids’ rooms for outgrown children’s books and your kitchen for cookbooks that you haven’t cracked open in the last year. They all make great donations.

4. Housewares – Sometimes we inherit household items from others or receive them as gifts and we just don’t know what to do with them. If you have a second toaster, vacuum cleaner or even a blender that you don’t need, instead of trashing it, donate it to Goodwill.

Donations are the lifeblood at Goodwill of the Finger Lakes, and when people shop in our stores they are not only getting great clothes and other items at up to 80 percent off retail process, they are also supporting the mission-focused work of the organization that makes a positive impact on members of our community.