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, check NYC.gov.
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Build It Green! NYC accepts building materials, appliances, water heaters, flooring, sinks, cabinets ... whatever makes a house a house. The group takes salvaged and surplus materials and then sells the items at its retail outlet in Astoria at a big discount. Its proceeds go to Solar One, a solar-powered green-energy education center. Check out Build It Green's site for donation criteria; it even graciously accepts gold bullion.
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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.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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The Old Stand-Bys and a New Online Community
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.