Have you noticed how it’s not until you’re packing to move that you realize how much stuff you have? Where on earth does all that stuff come from?
While packing does offer the advantage of helping you find items you may have previously considered lost forever, deciding what to do with all of that clutter can be a daunting task. It’s usually pretty simple to find a place to recycle old magazines or donate unwanted clothing, but when it comes to books, finding a new home for them can be difficult.
Here are 4 places to consider when looking to donate those books you’re having difficulty parting with to be sure they will go to good use.
The Salvation Army and Goodwill are often the first places to come to mind when you think about donating to a non-profit. Donating to one of these organizations means your books will be sold in a retail store for a small fee, and the majority of that money will be invested back into your community.
The Salvation Army uses the money earned in their brick and mortar stores to support a program they have in place for men going through drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Goodwill, on the other hand, uses the money they earn from your items to provide job training and other resources necessary to help members of your community find jobs.
Deseret Industriesis another nonprofit that takes the money they earn from your books to help with job training and humanitarian aid.
Donations made to any of these organizations not only provide a way for your books to find a new home, but also for a person struggling in your community to get the help they need. To donate to one of these non-profits, you can visit their website and find the store or donation drop-off location nearest you.
Books for Soldiers
Books for Soldiers was started during the Gulf War as a way to get reading material to soldiers stationed overseas who were experiencing huge periods of down time. This non-profit charity now serves as a way for soldiers overseas to convey their requests for books, and people back home to fill their needs.
The process is relatively straightforward; once registered on the site, you receive a User ID that allows you access to the names and addresses of the soldiers participating in the program. From there, you can find soldiers looking for specific books you are looking to part with, or send the whole lot to a platoon in need of reading material. The only downside to this option is that you have to pay for shipping yourself.
Books for Africa
Another charitable venture, Books for Africa, gathers novels, textbooks, and reference books to be sent to Africa to incite an interest in reading and empower children there with knowledge. This charity asks that books sent are no more than 15 years old, especially when sending encyclopedias and other instructional materials. You can check their website for a complete list of what they are looking for and what they cannot accept. Please note that you are responsible to cover shipping costs to get your books to the charity’s main location in St. Paul, MN.
Friends of Libraries
Most local libraries have their own chapter of Friends of Libraries, a non-profit group that gathers donated books either to be sold to earn money for the library, or to help build up the library’s inventory. If this option interests you, you can find out more information about making a donation by contacting your local library.
Packing is stressful, but now that you know where to take your books for donation, you don’t have to take all of those heavy boxes with you. Each of these charitable organizations allows you to help a different cause, so you can decide who you want to benefit from your donation. Now get out there and put those old books to good use!