If it's time for a little spring cleaning or any-season cleaning around your house or you are gearing up for a big renovation, you are probably eyeing everything you see and wondering if you can do without it. You are ready for out with the old, but if you hate to waste perfectly good stuff, you need to know where to donate all your formerly loved things.
Donating is a great way to clear space in your life and house, help others, and spare the environment a bit by keeping worn but good items out of the trash.
Here are a few places to donate to Queens, everything from toys to the kitchen sink, literally. When you've made your delivery, you'll feel good three ways.
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This family shelter houses more than 250 families in a former hotel near John F. Kennedy International Airport on busy Rockaway Boulevard. The inn provides daycare, classrooms, a computer lab, a library, after-school programs, and a playground. The friendly staff will accept your donations at the front door. This is a great place to donate because it needs something for everyone in the family: clothes, toys, games, computers, strollers, school supplies.
For more Queens family shelters, visit NYC.gov.
Just because your cat ignored all the scratching posts you brought home doesn't mean you should toss them. Donate pet supplies to this Queens-based nonprofit that rescues stray and abused dogs and cats and saves the ones on death row at New York City kill shelters.
This NYC institution, run by the Department of Cultural Affairs, has been around for decades. It moved its warehouse to Long Island City in 2001. Accepted donations include everything from paintbrushes to pianos to office chairs. These items are redistributed to NYC public schools and nonprofit arts and cultural organizations.
Donate your books -- you know you're never going to open them again. Check the Queens Public Library site for your local branch and call the community library manager or assistant library manager before you go in.
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If you're interested in donating food, the NYC Coalition Against Hunger has a list of food pantries in Queens.
The online network Freecycle has a Queens group. Post items you want to give away and read the wish lists of other members. Maybe you have exactly what they're looking for.