Good places to donate furniture, clothing?

generic couchJudi emails:

An older pair of friends of the family are doing some serious downsizing to live in a pretty impressive independent living community in the area. They have quite a bit of furniture, clothing, etc that they need to find good homes for and they've expressed an interest in donating most of their things, but don't really know where to start.
I want to help them as much as I can, so I've been trying to do a little research on all the places they can donate ... Do you know of any good places to donate in the Capital Region? Would any of these places be willing to pickup the donations?

Judi says she's considered a few of the places that probably first come to mind -- Goodwill and Salvation Army. She's wondering if there might be some good places she's missing.

Last year, Naomi donated some used furniture to Troy Area United Ministries and got the scoop on how it all worked. And while it wouldn't necessarily be a donation, the local Freecycle network could be useful (more scoop from Naomi).

Anyone have suggestions for Judi? Please share!

Earlier on AOA: If you're looking for the inverse situation, Slacker asked about good places to buy a couch.

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This organization helps refugees.

http://uscri.refugees.org/site/PageNavigator/Albany/AlbanyHomeFeature3

The Treasure Chest on Hamilton Street in Albany supports the Damien Center, which assists people living with AIDS. It's a great group of people and an eclectic shop. And they have discount days for state and federal employees, senior citizens and college students.

http://www.albanydamiencenter.org/Tchest.htm

I see someone already said it but I second USCRI.

SAFE House in Schenectady (518-374-5178) is an emergency shelter serving homeless/runaway youth. They just commissioned another building, so they are looking for quite a bit in donation.

Living Resources (518.218.0000), New Visions (518.459.0750), Center for the Disabled (518.437.5700). These are agencies that run residential programs for adults with developmental disabilities through out the Capital Region. They are always looking for gently used furniture and other household goods-table service, rugs, window treatments, etc. to pass on to the clients they serve.

habitat for humanity will accept some items.

Yep, Capital District Habitat's ReStore will accept donations of new and gently used building material and home improvement items and some furniture. Call 518/275-6638 to arrange for a donation drop off or pick up.

Thanks to everyone for their suggestions. I really appreciate the help! :)

If they happen to have garden tools (inc lawn mowers, weed wackers etc), Capital District Community Gardens (based in Troy) can use them in their 47 garden sites throughout the Capital District. As for pick up, I'm sure that could be arranged since these community gardens are located throughout the area and there are many volunteers who could pick up.

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