July 15th is National Give Something Away Day, making right now the best time to declutter and donate!
Not only will cleaning out your garage, closet, or pantry make you feel more organized, but your gently-used items can also have a major impact on the lives of those in need. Not sure where to donate used items in Bradenton? No problem! Here are five places where your donations can do a world of good.
HOPE Chest Thrift Store (HOPE Family Services)
1215 8th Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205
HOPE Family Services has been a trusted resource for victims of domestic violence since 1979. Their mission is to promote safety, strength and well-being for those affected by domestic violence in Manatee County
Profits from the Hope Chest Thrift Store help to support their mission. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and they accept donations during store hours. This is an excellent place to donate clothing, furniture, household items, and electronics. For more information, call 941-745-2034.
Follow HOPE Chest Thrift Store on Facebook so you can keep up on their latest news!
Unique Boutique of the Women’s Resource Center of Manatee County
417 12th St W #103, Bradenton, FL 34205
The mission of the Women’s Resource Center is “To engage, educate, enrich, and empower women of all generations. They do this by offering career planning, life skills training, and educational resources to women (and sometimes men) in Manatee and Sarasota counties.
The WRC partially funds their operations through an upscale resale boutique, located in downtown Bradenton’s Jennings Arcade. The Unique Boutique accepts donations of gently worn women’s clothing, jewelry, handbags, shoes, and scarves. You can drop your donations off at any of their three Centers:
- Bradenton: 1926 Manatee Ave W Bradenton, FL 34205
- Sarasota: 340 S. Tuttle Ave Sarasota, FL 34237
- Venice: 530 US-41 Bypass South #5A Venice, FL 34285
For more information, call The Unique Boutique at 941- 750-0032.
If you don’t have anything to donate, you can also support the center by shopping at the boutique. It’s full of brand-name, like-new clothing at prices you won’t even believe. Don’t forget to follow The Unique Boutique on Facebook so you’re the first to know about sales, special events, and more.
Manatee Habitat ReStore (Habitat for Humanity)
5108 15th St. E. Bradenton, FL 34203
The Manatee County Habitat for Humanity empowers local families by helping them build or improve a place they can call home. Rather than making a large financial commitment, recipient families contribute “sweat equity,” working alongside volunteers to build their own homes. Once completed, Habitat sells the home to the family for a small down payment (usually $500!) and ongoing interest-free payments.
Profits from the Manatee Habitat ReStore help support this mission. They accept donations of building materials, appliances, home accessories, and gently used furniture Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. They’ll also come and pick up your donations for free. Call them at 941-355-7082 to make arrangements.
The store carries an excellent selection of new, used, and surplus goods. If you have a home improvement project coming up or need something for your home, think about checking out the ReStore before heading to the big-box home improvement stores.
You can also check out the ReStore Facebook page for more information.
Manatee Memorial Foundation Auxiliary Thrift Shop
4517 Manatee Avenue West in Bradenton, FL 34209
The Manatee Memorial Foundation supports the health-related needs of our county. They do this by either directly or indirectly supporting individuals with health-related needs, providing grant money to health-related community organizations, and granting scholarships for medical education.
Their operations are supported, in part, by the Manatee Memorial Foundation Auxiliary Thrift Shop. The shop is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. (Thursdays until 6 p.m.) and donations are accepted during store hours. They also offer pick-ups every Thursday.
For more information or to arrange a pick-up call 941-745-2047. Also, don’t forget to check out the Manatee Memorial Thrift Shop’s Facebook page.
705 17th Ave West Bradenton, FL 34205
Turning Points, located inside the Bill Galvano One Stop Center, offers a huge array of services for Manatee County residents who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. They offer basic needs assistance including hot showers, meals, haircuts, laundry, and transportation assistance. In addition, Turning Points provides resources for obtaining legal documents, applying for financial assistance, employment assistance, and more. They also help with rental & utility assistance, Veteran’s services (housing, employment, childcare, and more), and offer free medical and dental services for the uninsured.
The organization is heavily dependent on community donations. The donation center is located right next to the main building. They gladly accept clothing, toys, and more. They also appreciate donations of canned goods, so why not take this opportunity to clean out your cupboards too?
You can drop your donations off at the center during open hours – Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Give them a call at 941-747-1509 with any questions. You can also check out the Turning Points Facebook page for more information.
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