Several times over the past six months, I've piled boxes of books, clothes, and kitchen goods on our front porch for the Vietnam Veterans donation service. Though this is not a new service for this organization to offer, what I was thrilled by was how easy it was to coordinate.Scheduling a pick-up online takes three simple steps, and about three minutes of your time. Begin by scheduling a pick-up online, then leave the clearly-labeled donations outside of your house on the designated day. When the driver picks-up your goods, they will leave a tax deduction receipt for your records.
Accepted donations include: clothing, shoes, baby items, housewares, decor, books, toys, electronics, dry goods, kitchenware, small furniture, small appliances, tools, jewelry, cosmetics.
I've found no other donation service that is as technologically-connected as the Vietnam Veterans of America. Scheduling a pick-up online is so easy! It's usually quite annoying to find a Salvation Army location that accepts donations during non-business hours, especially in NYC and Brooklyn. And if you don't have access to a car, good luck getting there. That's why I was thrilled to stumble upon this service earlier this year.
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