Now that the holiday season has, sadly, come to a close, it’s time for the grueling process of putting all the decorations away. If you’re noticing that you don’t use some of your Christmas décor anymore, have unused rolls of wrapping paper or are just stuffed to the brim with Christmas stuff, you can donate it to a thrift store in Des Moines or other various non-profits. It’s a great way for those who can’t afford Christmas supplies and décor to get access to some of those things for their families.
Animal Lifeline of Iowa is the only special needs, no-kill animal shelter in Central Iowa. For almost 35 years, the Animal Lifeline of Iowa has been rescuing cats and dogs and then adopting them into their forever homes. In order to fund this process, the Animal Lifeline of Iowa has a thrift store in Des Moines called the Animal Lifeline Thrift Shop. All the proceeds from the sales at this thrift shop go directly back to helping rehabilitate injured, abused, and/or abandoned cats and dogs.
Donations are only accepted during business hours. All donated items must be working, in good condition and clean. Donations need to be dropped off in a bag or box that does not need to be returned. Donations not in a bag/box will not be accepted.
View a list of items the Animal Lifeline of Iowa does and does not accept.
Everystep is the oldest and largest not-for-profit hospice provider in Iowa. EveryStep Hospice was the first hospice care provider in Iowa having been founded back in 1978! They offer grief and loss services through counseling, support groups, and other resources. Amazingly, no one is turned away due to inability to pay, and Everystep’s staff is on-call 24 hours, seven days a week.
All donated items must be working, in good condition and clean. All proceeds support EveryStep’s programs, such as hospice care, grief support, and services for children and families, making it a great place to donate home goods. They accept clothing, accessories, furniture, home décor, bedding household items, and more.
View a full list of items the EveryStep Giving Tree does and does not accept, location, and hours.
The DAV, which stands for Disabled American Veterans, is another non-profit thrift store in Des Moines. Proceeds from the thrift store go towards helping disabled American veterans with housing and employment, rides to medical appointments, and more. They also offer military discounts and senior discounts! In addition to accepting donations of new and gently used items, the DAV offers free pickup. All donated items must be working, in good condition and clean.
The FreeStore is not a thrift store, but it is a non-profit. Founded in 2001, the FreeStore supports women and families who have escaped abusive situations. Donations of home goods are stored in the warehouse. When a woman or family that has fled a domestic abuse situation needs to start over, they are able to choose items from the warehouse for free. FreeStore is entirely run by volunteers. Additionally, they offer pick-up for larger items! You can donate your home goods to the Free Store and feel good knowing you’ve helped a family in need. All donated items must be working, in good condition and clean.
Learn how and where to donate. NOTE: To donate, you must call 515-282-3733 beforehand.
The Encore Thrift Store in Des Moines is associated with Hope Ministries. Hope ministries offers safe shelter, meals, clothing, recovery programs and more for the homeless population in Des Moines. Proceeds from the thrift store’s sales go towards the Hope Ministries programs and services. Some donations find their way to the shelters, where they are distributed for free to those in need. All donated items must be working, in good condition and clean.
Find out how and what to donate.
Based out of Pella, Iowa, Many Hands Thrift Market has a campus in Pignon, Haiti, where they offer education, agronomy programs, food, housing, medical assistance, and more. They do offer a pick-up service for furniture. In addition to gently used clothing, furniture, home décor, and goods, they offer Hatian products, such as metal art, jewelry, and coffee.
On a more local level, Many Hands has designed a community organization called Many Hands Local Impact. Donate your home goods to Many Hands Thrift market and your organization or church could benefit! When an individual donates items, that individual’s church or organization is credited with store credit. Then, the individuals church or organization will receive a quarterly gift card to Many Hands Thrift Market to be given out to those in need.
All donated items must be working, in good condition and clean.
A Catholic organization, St. Vincent De Paul’s mission is to help those in need to become self-sufficient through education, community connectedness, and unconditional support. They offer multiple services to those in need, such as education, workforce training, job counseling, food pantry, re-entry and fatherhood training for those exiting prison correctional facilities. All donated items must be working, in good condition and clean. Donations are accepted during regular business hours.
Goodwill Industries International Inc, otherwise known as Goodwill, is an American nonprofit. A favored thrift store in Des Moines, they use the proceeds from the sales of donated goods to provide skills training and employment services to people who need it most. For every dollar Goodwill earns in their stores, $.83 goes to support their programs and services. All donated items must be working, in good condition and clean.
No matter where you choose to donate your home goods, you can feel satisfied knowing that you made a positive impact in another person’s life.
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