MANSFIELD — Whether you're clearing out room in your closet for your new holiday gifts or getting a jumpstart on your spring cleaning, donation is a great option.
Donation was on the mind of one of our readers, who reached out after Christmas wondering where and how to donate clothes, toys or household items to local charities.
"Who is accepting donations? When are they open? What types of donations are needed? We all know about Goodwill, but are there other places to donate?" wondered Twyla Chalk.
"If an item or toy still has value, I would rather pass it on to someone who could use it than throw it away," she said. "With so many needs in our community at this time, we all can afford to do more to help others."
To that end, we've compiled a list of places in Richland County accepting new and gently-used items for donation.
Note: It's always a good idea to call ahead or check an organization's website to make sure the organization is able to accept the items you wish to donate.
The Domestic Violence Shelter accepts new and gently-used clothing, socks and shoes for men, women and children.
The Shelter is also in need of hygiene and personal care items, including hair care items for women of all ethnic backgrounds, diapers and wipes. Other items that can benefit the shelter include new toys that can be sprayed or wiped down, basic household items, dishes and silverware, gift cards, gas cards and monetary donations.
The Shelter can also connect donors with domestic violence survivors who are moving out of the shelter into permanent housing and need furniture; however, the Shelter cannot store furniture items in the meantime.
To make arrangements for donating to the Domestic Violence Shelter, call 419-774-5840.
What Goes 'Round Thrift Shoppe in downtown Mansfield accepts donations throughout the year, but its furniture pick-up service is suspended due to COVID-19.
The shop accepts gently-used clothing, furniture and household items. Items should be clean and in good working condition, without tears, stains or smoke smells. The shop does not take large appliances.
Donors can stop by the donation center at 113 N. Main St. during business hours or leave items in the laundry bins outside the front doors for contactless giving. Donors are encouraged to call 419-522-2890 ahead of time with any questions.
All Thrift Shoppe proceeds benefit Hospice of North Central Ohio.
The Habitat for Humanity ReStore at 115 Park Avenue West sells new and gently used items. Proceeds support the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate, which works to build more simple, decent, affordable homes for qualified families in Richland & Crawford Counties.
According to the organization's website, donors must call 419-525-8416 before making a donation. The ReStore accepts housewares, appliances, cabinets, hardware and fixtures, doors, sinks and vanities, furniture, flooring, tools, lighting and more. The store sometimes accepts paint, but donors should call for information first.
The store does not accept clothing.
The Bellville Neighborhood Outreach Center is accepting clothing, coats, scarves and outerwear, bedding and pillows. The BNOC had closed while Richland County was "purple," but will reopen for donations and clothes shopping on Monday. Donations can be brought in during open hours.
Love Our Hero's thrift shop in Bellville, whose profits support local veterans, accepts home goods, furniture, dishes, tools, toys, for malware and wedding dresses. The shop does not accept clothing. Donations can be dropped off Wednesdays thru Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The store is closed for the holidays but will reopen Jan. 5.
Catalyst Life Services accepts new or gently-used clothing, belts, jackets and shoes for its crisis center, which serves individuals facing homelessness. Donations can be made at The Center, located at 741 Scholl Road, during regular business hours.
The Friendly House accepts donated school supplies, books and board games. Those interested in donating should call 419-522-0521. Friendly House no longer accepts clothing or coat donations.
Love INC (Love in the Name of Christ) does not accept donations directly, but the ministry often uses its network of local churches to connect people with items to donate and people in need of those items.
Those interested in donating bath towels, linens, furniture, appliances, personal care items, kitchenware, pots, pans or silverware can call Love INC at 419-522-1432.
Harmony House no longer accepts clothing donations, but accepts many other items like coats, gloves, socks, cleaning supplies, toiletries, tissues, paper towels, feminine hygiene products and new or gently used household goods and toys.
Goodwill in Mansfield and Ontario are currently accepting donated items and financial donations. According to the organization’s website, Goodwill uses the revenue from selling new or gently used items to provide employment training and job placement services.
All donations are contactless, so donors should be prepared to load any boxes or bags of donated items into the bins at their local Goodwill. Donation attendants are not able to provide assistance at this time.
Donors are asked to bring items in a bag or box rather than toss loose items in bins. These bags and boxes will not be returned.
Goodwill also asks that donors wash or dry clean clothing items before donating and separate clothing from other household items in a box or bag.
For the safety of Goodwill employees, the chain is currently only accepting small furniture items that can be handled by one person
Goodwill accepts gently-used clothing without stains, tears, missing buttons or broken zippers. Household goods should be undamaged, have all parts and be in working order. For more details on what can and cannot be donated, visit GoodwillAkron.org.
Volunteers accepts gently-used clothing and housewares, including the following items:
- Bassinets, Baby swings, Baby bouncy seats
- Bed frames
- Bicycles (tires must be pumped up)
- Blankets, sheets, pillows
- Bowling Balls
- Children's furniture
- Computers no older than 3 years
- Craft supplies
- Curtains or drapes
- Dishes, pots and pans silverware and cooking utensils
- Electric heaters
- Electric dryers
- Electric stoves
- Exercise Equipment
- Flat-screen monitors and TVs
- Furniture in good condition
- Non-propane grills
- Lawn equipment
- Musical instruments
- Pac 'n plays
- Pictures, paintings, wall décor
- Records, tapes
- Small working appliances
- Small plastic kid pools
- Small pet carriers/cages
- Sports equipment
- Toys and games
- Vacuum cleaners
- Washing machines
There are some items that Volunteers of America does not accept, including those on the following list. A full list is available at voaohin.org.
- Baby cribs
- Car seats
- Console stereos
- Double-oven stoves
- Electric beds
- Entertainment Centers
- Gas stoves
- Gas dryers
- Home gyms, weight benches or weights
- Hospital beds
- Large desk/metal desks
- Large office copiers
- Large trampolines
- Lift chairs
- Mattresses and box springs
- Non-working appliances
- Office furniture
- Ping pong tables
- Single tires
- Slate pool tables
- Stove hoods
- Stovetop ranges
- Trundle beds
- Washing Machines
- Water beds