Where to donate items during Covid. I was speaking to a friend with a large house who is doing a big clear out and was wondering if there was anywhere to drop anything off.
Unfortunately the answer is no. I read somewhere a while ago that people were dumping their stuff outside of closed Goodwill and Salvation Army locations and the charities just throw everything away either because it’s been exposed to the elements or it may be contaminated.
Now is probably the only time you’ll have to really clear out and get organized. Just check all the donation websites for what they accept. There are many things they do not accept. Don’t donate your used undergarments, t-shirts, worn out clothing, broken items, VHS tapes and many other things. Charities have to spend money disposing of our junk in dumpsters. If you’re in the burbs acquire stickers from your town in order to dispose of extra items. Try to recycle what you can according to your local rules but otherwise toss it.
The Brown Elephant (3 locations) Lakeview 3020 N. Lincoln Ave. 773.549.5943, Andersonville 5404 N. Clark St. 773.271.9382 Oak Park 217 Harrison St. Oak Park, IL 60304 708.445.0612. The Andersonville and Lakeview stores are taking donations. Oak Park is not. This benefits the Howard Brown Center.
Mount Sinai Resale Shop, 2902 N. Clark St Benefits Mount Sinai Hospital.
Nearly New Thrift Shop, 735 W. Webster Ave., Chicago, IL 60614. This benefits St. Vincent DePaul.
New Elephant Resale Shop 2325 N. Clark St (773) 770 – 3488 This benefits The Jesse White Tumblers and Rotary Club One.
Donating items during Coronavirus – Goodwill Chicago
Goodwill, 1201 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL 60607, (312) 563-1187 Store and Hours
Goodwill, 9321 S. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60643 (773) 344-3380 Store and Hours
Donating items during Coronavirus – Goodwill – Suburbs
Goodwill, 1521 Lee Street, Des Plaines, IL 60018 (847) 699-7019 Store and Hours
Goodwill, 675 W. North Avenue ElmhurstIL60126 (630) 516-0319 Store and Hours
Goodwill, 1916B Dempster Street Evanston, IL 60202 847) 905-1202 Store and Hours
Glenview Donation Center (DONATIONS ONLY) 1527B N. Waukegan Road Glenview, IL 60025 (847) 998-6561 Store and Hours
Hazel Crest Attended Donation Center 3401 W. 183rd Street Hazel Crest, IL 60429 708-647-8055 Store and Hours
Goodwill, 3679 Ridge Rd, Lansing, IL 60438 (708) 474-4102 Store and Hours
Goodwill, 1900 Harlem Ave, North Riverside, IL 60546 (708) 442-3606 Store and Hours
Goodwill, 7400 W 159th St, Orland Park, IL 60462 (708) 429-9030 Store and Hours
Goodwill, 5518 W. Touhy Avenue, Skokie, IL 60067 (847)745-5044 Store and Hours
Goodwill, 3054 S. Wolf Road, Westchester, IL 60154 (708) 562-6166 Store and Hours
Wilmette Donation Center (DONATIONS ONLY) 923 Ridge Road WilmetteIL60091 (847) 920-5303 Store and Hours
Donating items during Coronavirus – Salvation Army Chicago
N Union St. (Chicago, IL) Family Store & Donation Center 509 N Union Ave Chicago, IL, 60654
Salvation Army (Chicago, IL) Temple Corps Donation Drop Box 1 N Ogden Ave, Chicago, IL, 60607
Clybourn Ave (Chicago IL) Family Store & Donation Center 2270 N Clybourn, Chicago, IL, 60614
Broadway Ave (Chicago, IL) Family Store & Donation Center 4315 N Broadway Ave., Chicago, IL, 60613
Donating items during Coronavirus – Salvation Army Suburbs
Arlington Heights (IL) Family Store & Donation Center 1035 E. Rand Rd, Arlington Heights, IL, 60004
Salvation Army (Blue Island, IL) Corps Donation Drop Box 2900 Burr Oak Ave, Blue Island, IL, 60406
Trinity University (IL) Donation Drop Box 2065 Half Day Rd. Bannockburn, IL, 60015
Bridgeview (IL) Family Store & Donation Center 9000 S. Harlem Ave., Bridgeview, Il, 60455
Chicago Heights (IL) Family Store & Donation Center 150 N Halsted St Chicago Heights, IL, 60411
Darien (IL) Family Store & Donation Center 7511 Lemont Road Darien, IL, 60561
Salvation Army (Des Plaines, IL) Corps Donation Drop Box 609 W Dempster St Des Plaines, IL, 60016
Franklin Park (IL) Family Store & Donation Center 10205 W. Grand Ave., Franklin Park, IL, 60131
Glenview (IL) Family Store & Donation Dropoff 9840 N Milwaukee Ave, Glenview, IL, 60025
Gurnee (IL) Family Store & Donation Center 3559 W. Grand Ave. Gurnee, IL, 60031
Salvation Army Corps (Joliet, IL) Donation Drop Box 300 3rd Ave Joliet, IL, 60433
Mundelein (IL) Family Store & Donation Center 340 Townline Road Mundelein, IL, 60060
Salvation Army (Norridge, IL) Corps Manned Donation Drop Off 8354 W Foster Ave, Norridge, IL, 60706
Oak Lawn (IL) Family Store & Donation Center, 8732 S. Cicero Ave, Oak Lawn, IL, 60453
Salvation Army (Oak Brook Terrace, IL) Corps Manned Donation Drop Off 1S337 Summit, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, 60181
Roselle (IL) Family Store & Donation Center 825 E. Nerge Road Roselle, IL, 60172
Skokie (IL) Family Store & Donation Center 4335 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL, 60076
South Holland (IL) Family Store & Donation Center 800 E 162nd St South Holland, IL, 60473
Sheridan Rd (Waukegan, IL) Family Store & Donation Center 428 S. Sheridan Rd. Waukegan, IL, 60085
Waukegan Salvation Army Corps (IL) Donation Drop Box 850 S. Greenbay Rd. Waukegan, IL, 60085
Keep clearing out!
Keep clearing out. This is a temporary situation so don’t slow down or use this as an excuse to procrastinate. There will be huge need once the lockdown is lifted. If you have a house, garage or car just put the items in bags or boxes and store them until charities reopen. If you’re in a small apartment or condo just fill boxes and stack them up. Just label the box where you want them to go.
Sell stuff online
Throw it away
There are many things that charities do not accept. Don’t donate your used undergarments, t-shirts, worn out clothing, broken items, VHS tapes and many other things. Charities have to spend money disposing of our junk in dumpsters. If you’re in the burbs acquire stickers from your town in order to dispose of extra items. Try to recycle what you can according to your local rules but otherwise toss it. Just toss it.
Goodwill Pick ups – Not available
We DO NOT offer home pick-up of donations at this time.
Salvation Army Pick ups – Not available
Due to COVID-19, many locations have suspended pickups, but most locations are accepting drop-offs. Check your area and sign up for email or text notification when they start accepting donations.
Vietnam Veterans of Chicago
To our donors, unfortunately due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our pickup services have been temporarily discontinued. We will be back to business once the restrictions are lifted. Link to schedule a pickup or drop off.