The colder weather often increases calls for people to donate gently used coats, boots, and warm clothing. It can be a good excuse to clean out the closet, but if you’re donating used items to charity this year, make sure it’s something that can still actually be used.
Wisconsin Better Business Bureau President Ran Hoth says charities lose millions each year when they take in items that are actually closer to being trash because they’re so worn out. He says they actually end up having to spend money to get rid of items that are of no use to those in need.
Hoth suggests carefully checking items you plan to donate before dropping them off. He says “gently used” should mean it’s something you would have no trouble giving to a friend or a neighbor, or even continue using yourself.
Many charities also have rules for what types of items they will accept. Hoth suggests checking with the organization before dropping off a donation, so they don’t get stuck trying to unload items.