Whether the kids have flown from the nest, it's time to move, or it's starting to look like a hoarders situation, hauling those 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 a Fort Worth-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 11 options that will save a lot of time, energy, and, most importantly, money.
Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth
This nonprofit accepts clothing and accessories, household furniture, electronics, bedding, toys, games, sports equipment, books, and more. Goodwill Fort Worth offers pick-up services in ZIP codes 76051, 76099, 76034, 76092, 76182, 76244, 76248, 76107, and 76262.
At this charity, Fort Worth-area residents need only enter their ZIP code here, enter the number and type of items they want to donate, and schedule a pick-up. The Salvation Army Family Stores accept clothes, books, household items, chairs, couches, and miscellaneous things.
Trinity Habitat for Humanity
This nonprofit needs new and used cabinets, doors, windows, carpeting and flooring, building and paint supplies, lighting fixtures, and more. Schedule a pick-up by selecting what items are being donated, deciding whether to make an optional monetary donation, and explaining where the items are located.
The Arc of Texas
This organization supports Texans with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and accepts clothes, household items, and vehicles. To schedule a pick-up, contact the Fort Worth office at 817-595-7434 or email@example.com.
Tarrant Area Food Bank
The Tarrant Area Food Bank, which serves a 13-county region, schedules pick-ups two weeks out and for items weighing at least 1,000 pounds. For more information, head to the organization's transportation page to fill out the donor's name, contact information, and instructions for the driver picking up the food.
Vehicles For Charity
Want to get rid of a car, truck, motorcycle, boat, or RV? Regardless of condition, this group accepts donations from across the country. Donors can choose the state from which the vehicle is being picked up and then select a charity to receive it.
Car Donation Foundation
This national organization's initiatives include Wheels For Wishes, which supports local chapters of Make-A-Wish, and Vehicles for Veterans, which benefits veterans living with post traumatic stress disorder, experiencing homelessness, or living with a disability from their their service.
National Kidney Foundation
This organization will take cars in any condition off your hands, and they can even pick up your donation when you aren't home. To donate, first provide some contact information and details about the vehicle, including make, model, and year.
Cars For a Cure
From the American Cancer Society, Cars For a Cure explains in a very thoughtful way what one car donation can mean. A car donation could cover the cost of up to 24 rides for cancer patients, to and from treatment; support 24 calls for expert information; fund personalized information kits for newly diagnosed patients; and more, according to the organization's website. To schedule a pick-up, just fill out a form and choose an available date.
Another catch-all option allows folks to donate, even if they don't have a charity in mind. PickUpMyDonation sends pick-up requests to partner agencies based on location, but if an affiliate isn't close enough to for a visit, the site will contact all charities operating locally to find one that will take items off donors' hands. Note that organizations will only schedule pick-ups for larger donations because of resources.