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Spring cleaning: donate unwanted items to organizations that serve the community

Posted at 6:01 PM, Apr 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-17 18:01:59-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — After you're done with your spring cleaning, what do you do with all the stuff you don't need or want?

Instead of throwing away that lamp or nightstand, you can donate them to organizations that give back to the community.

"ReStore funds our home-building mission, so all of the donated products go right back into building homes here in Buffalo," said Stephanie Lawson, ReStore's Development and Communications Manager.

Not only does ReStore provide the funds to build homes for families, they also help the environment by re-using donated items.

"We are keeping hundreds of tons of items out of landfills. Things that folks may otherwise throw into the garbage, we can take and re-purpose," said Lawson.

ReStore offers to pick up your donations if they are too large, or if you're simply not sure how to bring items to them.

AMVETS is another organization that offers to pick up your donations.

It's been around since 1948, and supports veterans by helping them get their benefits from the VA and provide scholarships.

"All the proceeds to the thrift store go directly to those programs," said Keith Haley, the National Director of AMVETS. "So to donate you can donate products, anything that's re-usable: clothing, shoes, houseware, furniture, electronics."

Anything you can or can't think of, you can donate to either ReStore or AMVETS.

"Those old tiles in you basement that you thought you'd use to remodel your bathroom, and they've been sitting there for years," said Lawson. "Lumber, if you're remodeling you kitchen and you want to empty out the cabinets and pull those cabinets out, we'll take them."

Other places to consider as well are the Salvation Army and Goodwill.