Donating Close to Home
Local non-profits accept household goods; profits stay in the community
'Tis the season for gift giving and receiving. For many of us that means it's time to put away the outgrown toys, and sort through the too-small sweaters. To make the most of what you no longer need, what follows is an updated list of local non-profit thrift stores, their contact information, and a note about where the proceeds from each go.
Many of these organizations have felt the recession's pinch this year, and thrift store funds are put to use almost immediately. In most cases, the proceeds stay local, and it's a good bet that most of the shoppers at these stores are our New Jersey neighbors, as well.
As a final incentive, consider that donations may be deducted against federal income tax, depending on individual tax situations. To do so, keep records of what you donate and ask for a receipt. It's best to call or check Web sites to confirm store hours and to let them know if you have a larger delivery.
Some stores hesitate to accept toys due to new regulations; if in doubt, call ahead and ask. If you have a favorite store to add to the list, please add it in the comments.
SAGE Eldercare Resale Shop
31B Chatham Road, Summit
Proceeds support SAGE's programs and services for seniors.
37 DeForest Ave., Summit
Proceeds support League activities in the community.
102 Mount Kemble Ave., Morristown
Proceeds support Morristown Memorial Hospital.
Nearly New Shop
7 King Place, Morristown
Proceeds support Junior League activities in the community.
126 US Route 22, Springfield
Proceeds support job training and placement programs for people with disabilities and other disadvantages.
Holy Trinity Church
315 Main St., West Orange
Proceeds support church activities and outreach, including a daily soup kitchen.
Westfield Service League's Thrift Shop and Consignment Store
114 Elmer St., Westfield
This organization "assists charitable, volunteer, civic and service organizations of Westfield and its environs."
Community Food Bank of NJ Thrift Shop
31 Evans Terminal, Hillside
Proceeds support the food bank.
St. Barnabas Hospice Thrift Shop
52 North Fullerton Ave., Montclair
Benefits St. Barnabas Hospice.
Market Street Mission Thrift Store
25 George St., Morristown
Proceeds support the mission, which serves homeless individuals.
73 S. Fullerton Ave., Montclair
Proceeds support church activities and outreach.
Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores
1059 Springfield Ave., Irvington
74 Pennington Street, Newark
526 Broadway, Newark
The Salvation Army's Adult Rehabilitation Centers are funded from the proceeds of the Family Stores.
Please add your favorites in the comments below. A briefer version of this story appeared earlier this year.