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Losing a loved one is very difficult, and having to part with their belongings, many of which hold strong memories and reminders of their life, can be one of the hardest things to do. As you are sorting through your loved one’s things, it may help to keep in mind that there are a number of places where you can donate select items, which could help make a positive impact on someone else’s life. It may make the grieving process slightly easier knowing that others will benefit from the goodwill.
Donations may or may not be tax-deductible. You will need to ask each organization if they can write you a gift receipt and then submit it to the accountant or executor handling your loved one’s estate. For items that are too bulky for you to donate or dispose of yourself, you can hire a company such as 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. They ensure that all items are recycled, donated, or disposed of responsibly.
Below is a list of organizations that accept various kinds of belongings. It is not all-inclusive, but is a good place to start.
Blankets, Sheets, Towels
Your local homeless shelters, churches, and animal shelters.
Your local women’s shelters, or state’s department of child services.
Office and School Supplies
Local schools near you.
DVDs and VHS
Computers, Monitors, Printers
Your local police station.
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