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Spring cleaning? Here's how you can donate during the coronavirus pandemic

Posted at 2:55 PM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 19:19:07-04

NEW YORK — Stuck at home and spring cleaning? With the coronavirus pandemic keeping most people inside, many are taking the time to pack up their unwanted clothing and other household items, but don't know what to do with it.

The good news? Goodwill officials say they are still accepting donations.

Jackie Veritski from the Upper East Side is a new mom. She thought spring cleaning was a good idea, but now she feels like she is swimming in her stuff.

“Right now I have everything in a bunch of bags, boxes at the foot of my bed in diaper boxes, and I climb over them everyday," Verbitski said.

Goodwill stores across New York and New Jersey have been forced to close their stores during the pandemic, but they still want your donations, Goodwill’s NYNJ CEO Katy Gaul-Stigge said. You can request donation bags to their donation department. Bags include a mailing label and donors can drop off the bags at FedEx boxes or locations still accepting donations.

People should not simply drop their personal bags off, Gaul-Stigge said.

When one PIX employee doing spring cleaning of her own contacted Goodwill, they quickly responded, saying they could mail up to five pre-paid bags for clothing donations.

To request donation bags, email donations@goodwillny.org.

The email's auto-response, as of Monday, stated anyone donating a high volume — considered 50 individual bags or boxes of donations or more — may qualify for donation pick-up. They just need to email their name, address, photos of the donations and preferred donation pick-up date.

TaskRabbit has also teamed up with Goodwill to provide low-cost pick up options for donations. Those interested can schedule a pickup by clicking here.

Brown Harris Stevens real estate is also partnering with some of the top moving companies to do curbside, contact-less pickups in Manhattan, and will drop all donations to Goodwill NYNJ. You can schedule a pickup here.

Things you can donate to the Goodwill include:

  • Clothing, shoes and boots
  • Jewelry
  • Hats, gloves, mittens and scarves
  • Books, records, compact disks, video tapes and DVDs

Things you can't donate:

  • Furniture
  • Electronics

Once Goodwill stores re-open, donors may check a full list of things they do and don’t accept by clicking here.

Other popular donation centers, including The Salvation Army and Housing Works, were not accepting donations as of Monday, according to the stores' websites. However you can donate money to each.