If you’re like us, then you’re doing an end of the year, pre-holiday cleanout. Maybe you’ve read the articles floating around about great ways to keep your toy clutter down and your kids giving spirit up by cleaning out the playroom or toy box. We’re over here trying to keep our small home manageable by upping our minimalism. We’re going through closets and cupboards one room at a time, and making a keep pile, a donate pile, and a trash pile. We’ve already taken two loads to the thrift store, and are feeling great about growing our donate pile! Here are some San Francisco Bay Area, East Bay, South Bay, Peninsula, and San Jose charities to give your donate pile to this year.
Make your donate pile go farther by donating directly!
“SCRAP is a non-profit creative reuse center, materials depot, and workshop space founded in 1976 in San Francisco, California.”
Donate 10 am – 3 pm Tuesday through Saturday, pickups available with some restrictions
801 Toland St.
San Francisco, CA
SCRAP makes supplies available to teachers, artists and community members throughout the Bay Area. They host monthly Free Teacher Giveaways to stock classrooms with art, craft and teaching supplies. Donate your re-useable bits like fabrics, notions, art supplies, office supplies, paper and wood, and see them put to great use in your community.
“Community Thrift Store, founded in 1982, is a nonprofit retail organization supporting over 200 Bay Area charities. We close the loop on consumer waste, give new life to donated merchandise, and provide a unique shopping experience.”
Donate 10 am – 5 pm
623 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
Sycamore Alley between Mission and Valencia St, San Francisco
Check out their accepted and non-accepted items, their charity partners, or schedule a furniture pickup on their website, and see your donated goods doing good.
Put your donate pile to work helping families
City Team San Jose offers comprehensive community services with Heritage Home, serving pregnant and post-partum women and babies, a men’s program and shelter, a medical and dental clinic, a dining room, and a learning and career center.
Tue. – Sat., 9am – 12pm & 1pm – 4pm
1297 North 13th Street
San Jose, CA 95112
Check this list for needed items they accept, and get your donate pile going!
The Bay Area Crisis Nursery provides short-term residential care to families navigating a crisis, allowing clients to seek services and resolution. They may be escaping violence or abuse, poverty, homelessness, or mental illness, and BACN aims to prevent child abuse and neglect through providing supportive services to families.
They are currently hosting a holiday new toy drive, but if you didn’t get on your cleanout until after Christmas, they’ll be accepting gently used toys, books, puzzles, children’s clothes and shoes after the new year.
Donations accepted Monday – Friday, from 10 am – 5 pm
1510 Mendocino Dr.
Concord, CA, 94521
See the complete list of what they do and cannot accept.
Partners & Advocates for Remarkable Children & Adults
PARCA is committed to empowering people of all ages with developmental disabilities to make choices and have control over every aspect of their lives and our programs are a direct result of this commitment. PARCA partners with Saver’s Thrift Stores, turning your donated gently used items into operational funding.
Schedule a pick-up online, or drop off at a Saver’s Thrift yourself!
Donation Drop Off:
Monday – Saturday, 9 am – 9 pm, and Sundays, 10 am – 7 pm
Savers Thrift Store
875 Main St.
Redwood City, CA 94063
Monday – Saturday, 9 am – 9 pm, and Sundays, 9 am – 7 pm
Saver’s Thrift Store
60 Dempsey Rd
Milpitas, CA 95035
If you’re cleaning out your closets, toy chests and making way for holiday guests, these organizations can use your donate pile! Break your donate pile down into types of donation, whether it’s for children, adults, or home. Many of these organizations can pick your donate pile up, but if you need a little extra hand with the drop-off, or want to schedule a pick up with us, we’re glad to help! Call us for help cleaning out, or if you’ve done the cleaning, we’ll come and take your donation pile to the appropriate organization.
Call us today at (925) 785-6726 to discuss your donate pile needs, or check out our list of services!