Habitat for Humanity Donations

Habitat for Humanity DonationsDonating to Habitat for Humanity is a great way to clean out when you are remodeling, cleaning, or tidying up the house. These kinds of projects often leave a mess, with many things that you don’t need anymore that end up being thrown into landfills.

However, do you know that there’s a smart way to get rid of those items while helping out the community? Simply donate these things and you can do that! What’s more, donations are considered tax-deductible, which means that you will get something in return for donating the unused items.


Where does my stuff go after they are donated to Habitat for Humanity ReStore ?

The items that are donated to Habitat for Humanity and ReStores are typically sold, and the money gained will be used to help low-income families in the United States (as well as in other countries!) to build a decent and affordable home. This is a very important goal that can really change the lives of these people in need. The items are typically placed on the Habitat for Humanity Thrift stores, located in various cities in the United States.

The non-profit Habitat for Humanity programs include:

  1. Helping building homes for people in need with decent quality and energy efficient characteristics at the lowest cost possible.
  2. Helping people in other countries who are in desperate need for a decent home.
  3. Providing volunteer programs for adults and also younger people so that they can participate to do good deeds by building affordable homes in the United States.
  4. Providing immediate help for those who have been struck with disaster.
  5. And many more!

What can I donate?

The Habitat ReStores accept various kinds of donations, which might include appliances such as washers, refrigerators, dryers, freezers, etc. You might also donate furnitures such as dining sets, tables, sofas, chairs, bookshelves, kitchen cabinets, bathroom cabinets, countertops, tile  flooring, carpet, and even toilets and tubs.

If you have extra building materials that you’re not going to use after the remodeling, you can donate them too (for example, lumber, plywood, insulation, hinges, nails, electrical, doorknobs, etc).  After you redecorate your house, you can donate decorative items like picture frames, artificial plants, desk lamps, floor lamps, chandeliers, etc.

However, each of the ReStores might have slightly different list of acceptable donation items. So make sure you contact them first and confirm that they can accept your donation or not.

How to Donate

Donating appliances to habitat for humanity is as easy as counting 1, 2, and 3. Simply call their number and make a schedule for pickups. This will allow homeowners to donate large furniture or heavy items with no hassle.  However, if the items are small enough so that it can be put inside the trunk of your car, then it is advisable to deliver the items in person.

It is also highly advisable to contact your CPA beforehand. This will ensure that you get the proper procedure for the tax-deductible benefit for your donation. Typically, after the donated items are picked up they will leave you a tax deduction receipt.

As you can see, the habitat for humanity appliance donation is a simple process, right?