Give Back: Top 5 Items to Donate This Thanksgiving

donationsIt’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is less than a week away. While many of us have turkey, stuffing, football, and Black Friday shopping plans on our minds, it’s important to take a moment to reflect on everything you’ve been given, be grateful for all that you have, and find ways to help those less fortunate.

Food banks aren’t the only way to help those in need this Thanksgiving. There are a ton of useful items that can be donated to your local Goodwill of Orange County. Whether it’s clothing, computers, household items, time or money, your donations help improve the lives of the most underserved members in our community. When you donate to Goodwill, you not only receive a tax deductible donation receipt, your donations directly support Goodwill’s program and services to provide employment training and jobs to people with disabilities and other barriers in your community.


Many people take for granted the collection of shoes they have in their closet. So many people around the world can’t afford to buy a brand new pair of shoes, much less own multiple pairs. So think twice before tossing those worn down running shoes or last season’s designer pumps in the trash.

Furniture & Housewares

Want to get rid of that old couch? Just bought a brand new coffee pot and don’t know what to do with the old one? Goodwill accepts a wide array of home goods for donation, from mattresses and dining tables to accent rugs and cookware.


As your children get older, they begin to outgrow their toys, most of which are still in perfectly good condition. Instead of throwing them away or storing them in the garage to collect dust, teach your children the art of giving by donating them to Goodwill.

Clothing & Accessories

While decluttering your home this holiday season, don’t forget to sort through your closet – chances are there are plenty of items in there that you haven’t worn in years. Whether you have older denim jeans or a fashionable winter coat, Goodwill accepts all types of gently used clothing for men, women, and children.


An ever-growing number of electronics are dumped into landfills every year. Rather than wreaking havoc on the environment by tossing electronics in the trash, turn your e-waste into new opportunities. If you have a phone that is too old or worn down to scrap for some fast cash on eBay, or you have a Super Nintendo that’s been collecting dust in the garage for eons, Goodwill can find a place for it in its Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose program. If your electronics are no longer functioning, Goodwill will also happily accept them for its recycling program.

What are you going to donate this Thanksgiving season? Tell us in the comments or tweet us at @OCGoodwill!

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