Purging for the Holidays: Things you can donate to Seattle Goodwill (but you probably didn’t know about)

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
December 19, 2014

Every year around this time, we start talking a lot about donations. Why? It’s the natural time to do it. People are purging their homes for the new influx of goodies from the holiday season—and their bank accounts for the tax write off. Goodwill is well-known for accepting donations of clothes, household goods, shoes, books, and many more small and common items. Here are a few things that Goodwill accepts that are a little less well-known:

eWaste: TVs, Monitors, Computers, and more!
Seattle Goodwill is part of the E-Cycle Washington program—which means that your electronics donations, if not reusable, are properly recycled ensuring that minimal byproduct ends up in landfills. Any hard drives that Goodwill sends to Total Reclaim (as part of the E-Cycle Washington program) are literally pulverized—so any remaining personal information is destroyed. The glass, metal, and plastic are reduced to their raw state, and sold as commodities. So once you find your new gadgets under the tree, consider bringing the older ones to your nearest donation center.

Do you have one of those cars that just sits in the driveway? Or have you been thinking about making the transition to be a one-car household? Even if you have a clunker that won’t turnover, remember you can donate your car to Seattle Goodwill through a simple process. Seattle Goodwill partnered with V-DAC (Vechicle Donation to Any Charity)–who will handle everything, and send you a tax receipt within 30 days. You can deduct the final selling price of the car when you do your taxes—and that often turns out to be more than you might receive selling the car directly or trading it in. So if Santa brings you that 54 convertible (light blue) and you need to get rid of the old car… just be sure to remember Seattle Goodwill.

Like we said, everyone knows we take material donations—but did you know we also accept financial contributions in a number of ways?  Your financial contributions directly support our free Job Training and Education Programs.  We have the capacity to work with you as Pledge Partners, work with your employer’s matching gift programs, be part of your estate plan, receive corporate gifts, and more! Your financial donation is tax deductible, and can seriously impact the lives of people right here in your community.  Individuals receive training and get a job—which in turn impacts their families—and ultimately our communities are strengthened. Last year, Seattle Goodwill served over 9,200 students with free job training and education.

If you’ve got a large item that you’d like to donate—like a large TV or a piece of furniture—but don’t have the capacity to move it yourself, look into our partnerships with Zipcar and Wagon. They can help you transport large items!

Donating material goods like clothes, last year’s electronics, an unneeded car, or financially to Seattle Goodwill creates a mutually beneficial cycle for the donor, shopper, and Seattle Goodwill students—and helps keep materials out of landfills! 


Kim fancies herself a professional communicator. She has experience in writing, graphic design, and social media, and is always looking to expand her knowledge base into other fields of communication. She loves people, coffee & Seattle (including the rain).

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