Whether the kids have flown from the nest, it's time to move, or it's starting to look like an episode of Hoarders, hauling items you don't want or need anymore can be a hassle, especially in the summer heat.
But for numerous charities in the area, it's a great opportunity to give someone a helping hand, and they're not just happy to take items off donors' hands, they'll send a truck to the front door, load up the items, and be on their way. It takes just a few clicks to get an Austin-area service to come knocking and drive off with a load that otherwise (if one's being honest) would stay right where it is.
Here are eight options that will save a lot of time, energy, and, most importantly, money.
Austin Creative Reuse
Austin Creative Reuse, which promotes conservation and the reuse of items, accepts arts and crafts supplies, fabric, vintage paper, small toys, puzzles, wine/champagne corks, and more. The nonprofit also has a list of items it does not accept, including appliances, bedding, potpourri, plush toys, shoe boxes, and Christmas decorations.
Austin Habitat for Humanity
The nonprofit provides a free but limited pickup service for larger donations in the Austin area. Here is an online request form that asks for ZIP code, type of pickup location, and details about the donation.
Casa Marianella, which supports displaced immigrants, accepts furniture, mattresses, and bed frames, among other items, that are in good condition. Check ahead to see what the group's needs are and to schedule a pickup by calling 512-385-5571 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Central Texas Food Bank
The Central Texas Food Bank picks up food drive donations that produce at least 1,000 pounds of items, otherwise a trip would be cost prohibitive. Check here for more details. The nonprofit serves Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Coryell, Falls, Fayette, Freestone, Gillespie, Hays, Lampasas, Lee, Limestone, Llano, McLennan, Milam, Mills, San Saba, Travis, and Williamson counties.
Goodwill Central Texas
Goodwill Central Texas accepts gently used clothing, household items, and just about anything else. The organization also accepts furniture, except mattresses and box springs. Leave tube TVs behind, too.
Austin-area residents need only enter their ZIP code here, enter the number and type of items they want to donate, and schedule a pickup. The Salvation Army Family Stores accept clothes, books, household items, chairs, couches, and miscellaneous things.
The Arc of Texas
This organization supports Texans with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and accepts clothes, household items, and vehicles. To schedule a pickup, contact the Austin office at 512-707-0008 or email@example.com.
The Settlement Home for Children
This nonprofit, which supports people who have experienced severe trauma, operates a clothing store that benefits from community donations. For more information on a free pickup, call the organization's hotline at 512-448-5302.
Want to get rid of a car, truck, motorcycle, boat, or RV? Numerous Austin-area nonprofits and services are ready to schedule a pickup, generally regardless of the vehicle's condition. These organizations accept vehicle donations:
- ALS Association Texas chapter
- American Cancer Society
- American Heart Association
- American Liver Foundation
- Austin Pets Alive!
- Epilepsy Foundation
- Folds of Honor
- Goodwill Central Texas
- March of Dimes
- Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas
- Salvation Army
- Soldiers' Angels
- The Arc of Texas
- The SAFE Alliance
- Cars for Kids (Texans Can Academies)
- Wounded Warrior Project