12 Local Organizations to Donate Your Used Items

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Something amazing happens when you de-clutter your home. A huge sense of accomplishment, relief, and freedom washes over you and you think, “Why have I waited so long to do this!?” 

As you pile all of your discarded items into the trunk of your car, you step back and admire the large pile with pride. Look at all of the items that you are removing from your house! You no longer have to clean these items, waste time searching for them, or clean around them. WAHOO!

You climb into your drivers seat, ready to drop off your donations, and suddenly realize…”Where am I actually going to take all of this?” The last time you took a donation to a big box donation center, you saw boxes and boxes overflowing with other people’s stuff, and you wondered where those items were actually going? Is there a place that you can make a donation and be reassured they get into the hands of families who truly could benefit from them?

The answer is YES, and many of them are in your very own community!

We’ve created an excellent list of organizations located right here in the Lowcountry, where you can donate your gently used items and help your community at the same time! 

Places to donate around Charleston

  1. Dee Norton 
    • Who: The Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center is the region’s leading resource to prevent child abuse, protect children and heal families. Our primary services include providing immediate support and assistance to children and families through forensic interviews, medical examinations and mental health assessments. Dee Norton also provides therapy to child victims and their families where appropriate. We coordinate with more than 30 partner agencies in the Charleston community to take appropriate action and deliver critical, effective services needed to the child and family. 
    • What: We take new and gently used toys/games and books for our lobby. We also take diapers and gently used clothes. We see children ages 1 to 17 so its nice to have a variety of toys/games. We have an X-Box as well so we take G/PG rated video games.
    • Where: Drop off at our office which is located at 677 Long Point Rd, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 
    • When: We are open Monday-Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm
    • Get In Touch: You can call the Center at 843-723-3600 if you have any questions,  email [email protected], and follow on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
  2. East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO) 
    • Who: To provide safety net services to our low income neighbors, while empowering them to create a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities.
    • What: All items over 3T, as well as shoes. We especially need more everyday casual clothes and have a large demand for women’s plus sizes. We are always in need of new or VERY lightly worn socks, bedding, and blankets. We do try to keep our store seasonal, simply because we are limited on space. List is constantly updating here
    • Where: 1145 Six Mile Rd, Mount Pleasant, SC 29466
    • When: 10 am – 4 pm (M-F); 1st Saturday of the month: 8 am – 10 am 
    • Get In Touch: (843) 849-9220 / [email protected] / Facebook
  3. Feed A Friend Charleston
    • Who: Our group is an outreach group providing meals, clothing, tents, hygiene items, and other necessities for the Charleston area homeless and working poor. 
    • What: food donations, clothing, tents, backpacks, hygiene products, etc. 
    • Where: 529 Meeting Street, Charleston
    • When: Every Friday from 4:45 pm – 6 pm
    • Get In Touch: (910) 200 – 5749 / [email protected] 
  4. Florence Crittenon Place 
    • Who: Our mission is to provide young, at-risk pregnant and parenting women comprehensive services to help them become self-sufficient and responsible mothers.
    • What: Wish list
    • Where: 19 Saint Margaret Street, Charleston, SC 29403
    • When: 8 am – 5 pm (M-F)
    • Get In Touch: (843) 722-7526 [email protected] 
  5. The Holy City Homeless Project
    • Who: What started out as a blog to feature the homeless of Charleston and their stories expanded slightly into blessings (for the most part each month). Since THCHP project started out as me just interviewing people one on one, I knew I needed to partner with an organization to help with blessings.
    • What: Literally anything that the homeless can benefit from: clothing, toiletries, food (not canned), blankets, etc.
    • Where: Awaken Church 3870 Leeds Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405
    • When:  9 am – 5 pm (M-Th)
    • Get In Touch: Justin Riccio (Awaken Church) (843) 709-8799 / Instagram
  6. Junior League of Charleston
    • Who: The Junior League of Charleston, Inc., is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
    • What: We are accepting donations of any and all items (excluding luggage, mattresses, and car seats) for the Whale of a Sale event. Donations can be brought to our office during normal business hours through February 21. We accept all new and gently used wedding gowns and ladies’ formal wear for the Bridal Boutique. Donations can be brought tour office during normal business hours year round.
    • Where: 51 Folly Rd Blvd, Charleston, SC
    • When: 8 am – 4 pm (M-F)
    • Get In Touch: (843) 763-5284 / [email protected] / Facebook
  7. Lowcountry Orphan Relief
  8. Lowcountry Pregnancy Center
    • Who: We offer medical services such as complimentary pregnancy testing, limited ultrasounds, parenting classes, adoption referrals, STI testing and more.
    • What: Diapers, unopened/unexpired formula, gently used and new clothing up to 2t, wipes, blankets
    • Where: 7481 Northside Dr, N Charleston
    • When: 9 am – 5 pm (M-F)
    • Get In Touch: (843) 553-3505 / Facebook
  9. My Sisters House
  10. Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach
    • Who: Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach works to address the root causes of poverty and create systemic change in our community. Our mission is to encourage and support self-sufficiency and self-esteem for people in need in our community through education, wellness, and outreach services. We carry out this mission on Johns Island (for residents of James, Johns, and Wadmalaw Islands) and at the Neighborhood House (in downtown Charleston), helping provide opportunities for people to change their lives. We offer a variety of services at both locations, including a food pantry, clothing center, budgeting classes and financial assistance, wellness programs and educational programs. The Johns Island center features comprehensive dental care and women’s program, as well as GED and ESL classes. The Neighborhood House offers soup kitchen services daily from 12pm-1pm.
    • What: Year-round, Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach accepts gently used clothing that is clean and in season (we are currently accepting winter clothing until March 15 and will then begin accepting spring and summer clothing), as well as blankets, sheets, towels and books. We also accept new items, especially socks and underwear, along with toiletries and non-perishable food items. We do not accept appliances, used pillows, furniture, cribs, car seats, bedding, mattresses, high chairs, used underwear, used stuffed animals, walkers, commode chairs, or other medical equipment.
    • Where: 1684 Brownswood Road, Johns Island / 77 America Street, Charleston, SC
    • When: 9am – 4:30pm (M-F) (Johns Island) / 9am – 1pm (M-Th) (downtown)
    • Get In Touch: (843) 559-4109 / [email protected] / Facebook
  11. reTAIL Resale Store 
    • Who: Our resale store accepts donations of gently used furniture and household items. Proceeds benefit Pet Helpers.
    • What: Gently used furniture, appliances, decorative items & more.
    • Where: 1601 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC
    • When: 10 am – 6 pm (M-F) / 10 am – 5 pm (Sat) / 12 pm – 5 pm (Sun)
    • Get In Touch: (843) 277-2010 / [email protected]
  12. Uplift Charleston
    • Who: UPLIFT is a group of people in Charleston, SC committed to uplifting our communities. We will strive to help the homeless and those in need by providing donations from our communities.
    • What: Clothing, food, toiletries, backpacks…ANYTHING is accepted that will support our fellow citizens in need.
    • Where: Donations can be dropped off at Holy City Brewery (North Charleston), Frothy Beard (Charleston), Laundry Matters (Charleston), Waters Edge Dentistry (Mount Pleasant). Please also message us and we will also do pickups.
    • When: Drop off during normal business areas of places listed.
    • Get In Touch: Facebook

As a friendly reminder, please remember to donate items in the best condition possible. That means if it’s an electronic device, make sure it works; clothing/stuffed animals should be freshly laundered, etc. Think about if you would accept an item in the current condition if it was given you. If you wouldn’t accept the item in the current condition, consider recycling it. Here are a list of places that accept your items to be recycled, that cannot be recycled in the Charleston County Single-Stream Recycling Program

  1. Books – Check out your local library! Also, ask your child’s school, church, daycare, etc. if they are in need of any books/magazines, DVDs, etc. 
  2. Bras – Most shelters will take gently used bras (no holes, please!) Also, these women are in need of all sanitary products. Did you try a new brand, open a box, and not like the product? You don’t have to throw the rest away, you can donate them! Soma Intimates donates all items to local charity, My Sister’s House. Not in Charleston? Check out iSupportTheGirls to see which local organizations take these products in your area.
  3. Bridal Dress/Formal Attire – Don’t feel like holding on to your wedding dress, or that bridesmaid dress that’s been taking up space in your closet? Consider donating to the Junior League of Charleston for their Bridal Boutique! Items are collected year round at the JL office. 
  4. Clothing with holes/stains – All H&M Stores will take your old textiles – regardless of brand (clothing, sheets, etc.) Plus, they’ll give you a 15% off coupon…  
  5. Documents – We all have those documents with our personal information on them. If you’d like to shred them, there are many locations throughout Charleston where you can get that taken care. Most places charge a small fee (like 99 cents/lb.) Think places like your local mail store or even Staples. HERE is a list of places you can shred, or you can wait for one of their FREE shred events. 
  6. Electronics – Staples will accept your old electronics, as long as they carry those products in their store. This can be anything from an old keyboard, to wires that you have no clue what they belong to…
  7. Glasses – Most eye doctors are affiliated with programs like VSP Eyes of Hope or Lions Club. These organizations take your old glasses and donate them to individuals who have a similar prescription. The next time you go to your eye doctor, try to remember to drop off your old glasses in their donation boxes – easy peasy! 
  8. Nike Shoes – It’s called the Reuse-A-Shoe program. Drop off your old Nike shoes (like at the North Charleston Outlet Store), receive a 10% off coupon, and your old shoes get shredded and made into awesome surfaces like turf and tracks. 
  9. Professional Attire – After I moved to Charleston, I ended up staying home with my daughter and all of my professional attire sat in my closet collecting dust and adding clutter. If you have interview-worthy professional attire that you no longer wear, consider donating to Dress for Success – an incredible organization that helps women get back into the work force. Charleston drop-off centers are small business Consigning Men & Women and Steinmart stores. 
  10. Sheets/Bedding/Towels/Pillows, etc – These textiles are a great addition to any place that takes care of pets. Check with your favorite pet resort or animal shelter. Your old sheets and towels help keep the animal’s cozy and warm until they find new home (they are also always looking for newspapers!)
  11. Shoes – All DSW locations accept your gently worn shoes which are donated to Soles4Souls and BeStrong. Other Soles4Souls drop-off locations are Brightway, The McKenzie Agency in Mount Pleasant, and Pivitol Fitness on Sam Rittenburg Blvd. 
  12. Stuffed Animals – Many places won’t take stuffed animals for the risk of bed bugs. The one place that will accept them, is Lowcountry Orphan Relief. Please launder the stuffed animals before donating. 

There you have it! We hope that this list of organizations will help make your next donation trip feel as rewarding as it was to clean out your space. Happy de-cluttering! 

 

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Amy Kay
Amy grew up in Kansas City, Kansas and graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Environmental Studies. Her dream was to make the world a better place by improving the environment for everyone. After getting her dream job in Texas, she met the love her of her life, Evan; they had a beautiful daughter in 2012 and moved to Mount Pleasant in 2013. Amy intended on continuing to work in the field of Sustainability (all things green and ecofriendly) but ended up being a SAHM. Although she found it a blessing to be able to stay home full time with her daughter, she struggled to find herself in her new identity. In 2014, her family expanded with a son and with his birth she began to be more confident as both a woman and a mother, and lover of the Lowcountry. She turned her love of family and the environment into a business (www.de-cluttered.com) that allows her to keep her family first while helping others. Through de-cluttered, Amy helps families deep clean their homes, taking the weight of clutter off of their shoulders and donating those extra items to local charities throughout Charleston. Amy also loves being at the beach, having an adventure, connecting with new people and is always looking to learn something new.