There’s no better time to de-clutter than around moving day. Whether you’re downsizing before a move or deciding you don’t need an entire drawer of holiday socks in your new home, moving tends to awaken us to our hidden surplus of perfectly good things we don’t want anymore.
Throwing away dusty boxes from the garage would certainly work for de-cluttering purposes, but most of us have things that aren't quite ready to sit in a landfill.
In Orange County, there are plenty of incredible organizations that would be happy to receive extra school supplies, stuffed animals, and just about anything else. We’ve compiled a list of drop-off locations for local organizations that could use some extra household and office items.
As you start your spring-cleaning, rest assured that your generous donations are greatly appreciated by the organizations serving the community's needs.
They distribute: Used cell phones to survivors of domestic violence
They need: Cell phones in any condition
Drop off location: Any Verizon wireless store
They distribute: Fresh, dry, and canned food as well as personal care products and diapers to those in need within Orange County
They need: Canned fruit, vegetables, and meat products; dry and packaged food; refrigerated and frozen foods; prepared food; fresh produce; and a few non-food items like personal care products, diapers, and paper products.
Drop off location: 8014 Marine Way, Irvine, CA 92618
STUFFED ANIMALS (AND BEDTIME GOODIES)
They distribute: Stuffed animals, books, children's/baby blankets, and children's clothes to children during emergency situations such as fires, illness, neglect, abuse, homelessness and weather emergencies
They need: New or gently used stuffed animals, new or gently used children's books, and new baby and children's blankets
SEWING AND LAUNDRY SUPPLIES
They distribute: Homemade pillow cases to children with cancer throughout the U.S.
They need: Fabric, thread, laundry detergent, and Ziploc bags
Drop off location: Contact Nancy
They distribute: Footwear to disadvantaged and poverty-stricken communities; they also sell shoes to create self-sustaining jobs throughout struggling communities
They need: All styles of used and new shoes
Drop off location: New Balance - South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bear Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
They distribute: Children’s sports equipment to underprivileged children in over 50 countries throughout the world
They need: New and gently used sports equipment, playground equipment, and coaching supplies
Drop off location*: 32565 B Golden Lantern Street, #190, Dana Point, California 92629
* Call to schedule a personal drop off
They provide: Quality care to the dogs and cats in their shelter before the pets are adopted out.
They need: Pet Supplies--dog and cat food, kitty litter and litter boxes; Cleaning Supplies--brooms, mops, and other cleaning supplies; Office supplies; Household Items--old towels and blankets
Drop off location: 21632 Newland Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92646
They sell: Donated items in their thrift store to support foster families in Orange County.
They need: New, like-new, and gently used shoes, purses, books, clothes, household goods, toys, etc.
Drop off location: 333 S. Brookhurst St., Anaheim, CA 92804
They provide: After school care for children, equipping them to become “productive, caring, and responsible citizens.”
They need: Sports equipment, arts and crafts material, school supplies, kitchen supplies, office supplies, and more (see full list here)
Drop off location: 24671 Via Iglesia, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
They support: Outreach programs for at-risk youth by selling used household items
They need: Books, clothing, furniture, toys, shoes, and more.
Drop off location: They come to you; just schedule a pickup.
These are just a few of the many local organizations looking for things we may have lying around the house. If you have other donation recommendations in Orange County, be sure to let us know in the comments below.