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  • Writer's pictureLauren Hass

Celebrating GO Month (Get Organized Month)

From Books, Bicycles and Blankets to Crutches, Coats and's where to Donate Anything around New Haven, CT

If it's January, it must be GO Month! Time to Get Organized in some way, shape or form. You might hire an organizer, enlist a friend, gather the family, or go it alone!

If you find yourself spending extra time around the house these days looking at all the things you own, but don't use, why not start the new year by kicking some clutter and helping those in need? I've found these donation resources in and around New Haven that will accept some interesting things you might own, but that you just aren't enjoying.

Musical instruments: Horns for Kids

Our children often "retire" from musical instruments, or maybe that aspirational hobby of yours is leading to more stress than music. Donate musical instruments, even if they are in need of repair, to Horns for Kids in Hamden, and help kids who might otherwise not have access.

Medical equipment: Mae's Closet

No longer using those crutches or commodes? Mae's Closet is a durable medical equipment lending bank serving the Greater New Haven area. They lend and accept donations of gently used medical equipment and will always sanitize before distribution. They also may pick up!

Bicycles or bike components: Bradley Street Bicycle Co-op

If you find yourself with unused bikes or bike parts, you will love this place! New Haven-based BSBC works together to fix up bikes for people who need them! In New Haven, lack of quality transportation is rated as the highest problem people face when accessing the job market. Bikes provide a low-cost, highly efficient way of moving through the city. Check out their drop off windows before heading down.

Gently used coats: One Warm Coat

If you have jackets or coats (children or adult sizes), help someone else stay warm this winter by donating them to One Warm Coat. Just make sure your donations are free or tears or stains! See link above for our local drop off location in Westville, which is accepting through 1/14/22, or find a location near you!

Children's Books: New Haven Reads

Share the joy and power of reading with a donation of gently used children's books to New Haven Reads. If your children have outgrown books, or have too many to really appreciate the few they love, why not clear some space and help other children with access? Donations by appointment only.

Building materials, furniture and more: Habitat for Humanity ReStore

From cabinets and countertops, windows and plumbing material, to flooring and architectural materials, help build Habitat homes in the New Haven area and fund Habitat's community work with a donation to ReStore. Contact the store directly for approval of large items and furniture though...they may even be eligible for pick up!

Most anything: My Sister's Place

You can help fight the battle against domestic violence by donating to My Sister’s Place, a unique family thrift shop in Ansonia. Their shop offers quality new or “gently used” clothing, furniture, household items, and even old cell phones, to the public at discount prices and also gives vouchers to the women in their program so they have access to items for free.

Donation pick up options: DonationTown

Can't get to the store? Click the link above. If you don't live in New Haven, check out this link for options that service your area.

Need another resource? Check out this handy guide with information on donating almost anything in the New Haven area.

Happy GO Month! How will you celebrate?

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