by Jenni Barnett
on Friday, February 26th, 2021 at 1:00pm.
Since Tennesseans have spent most of the last year sticking close to our homes, it comes as no surprise that many of us have been bitten by the organization bug. With spring just around the corner, now is the perfect time to make the final push, clearing out all of your boxed up unwanted items once and for all, leaving you with an organized and clean living space in which to (hopefully) finish out the last few months of quarantine.
If you’ve found yourself with a ton of stuff you don’t need anymore but are having trouble deciding just what to do with it, consider calling one of the following local donation services to send a truck right to your doorstep. While you may need to schedule 2 - 4 weeks in advance, rest assured that these charitable organizations are in great need of quality items to assist in their efforts to stay afloat.
Please be aware that these charities are likely to request that your items be boxed, clean, and fully prepared to load onto the truck. They will also have a pre-determined list of things they cannot accept.
Hours and pickup days may be limited due to current COVID-19 restrictions.
Goodwill Industries is one of the most recognizable non-profit organizations nationwide. If you live within the aforementioned counties, Goodwill offers free pickup for large donations. Please note that not all residential areas within these counties are covered. To discuss your items with the location nearest you, or to schedule a pickup, call 615-425-0100.
Habitat ReStore is now scheduling pickup services from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. ReStore cannot accept clothing but is accepting books, records, household goods, furniture, flat screen TVs, tools and building materials. To schedule a donation, click on one of the links above, or call 615-942-1290 (Nashville), 615-230-3032 (Sumner), or 615-690-8094 (Franklin).
GraceWorks is a non-profit that assists struggling individuals and families facing food scarcity, overwhelming medical bills, and necessary utilities. GraceWorks will pick up large household appliances and furniture, provided they are in good condition, Tuesday through Friday (hours limited due to COVID-19 restrictions). Now serving Williamson County, with the exception of Spring Hill and Brentwood. To schedule a pickup, call 615-794-9055 and dial extension 114.
The Hendersonville Samaritan Center has been funded primarily by their thrift store since 1974. To donate clothing, furniture, appliances, and other household items, call 615-824-5652 and request a pickup. Phone calls are accepted Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Through the Garden Patch Thrift Shop, Greenhouse Ministries offers select pickup appointments for large items and furniture. To inquire about your items and schedule a pickup, call 615-494-0499 and dial extension 101.
Annually, The ARC of Davidson County raises about $160,000 on behalf of individuals who have developmental disabilities. In partnership with J&I Advisory Support, they offer truck pickup services in select regions. Donations are sold to Southern Thrift, with proceeds benefitting the ARC. To arrange a pickup, call 615-248-4112.
AMVETS of Tennessee picks up household goods, clothing, and furniture to support Healing Heroes, the Special Olympics, various scholarships, Memorial Carillion, and an Americanism educational program for the youth of the region. Click the link above to schedule a pickup.
If your address is not within the boundaries of any of the above charitable pickup zones, please use the DonationTown directory to locate additional pickup services throughout Middle Tennessee.
If you have a particular charity or thrift shop you would like to donate to, we encourage you to contact them directly and ask if they would be willing to send a truck to pick up donations. Most charities within the region are eager to pick up high-quality items to sell to earn money to support their efforts.
If you need to get rid of items that are no longer usable or salvageable, contact your local Sheriff’s Office to inquire about scheduling a free curbside bulk pickup. Please note that hazardous materials, glass, roofing, batteries, motor oil, and tires are among the items that they will not pick up.
On behalf of the team here at Parks Realty, we thank you for your continued generosity as you support the local non-profits whose efforts are needed now more than ever. As you know, Americans are facing job and food scarcity on a scale we have not faced since our nation’s Great Depression. As a result, your donations to your charity of choice may be the buffer someone needs between them and the worst of these hard times.