If you’re like us, you’ve had a lot of time this year to dive into spring cleaning. We’ve taken our spring cleaning to the next level, digging through little used but heavily packed closets, channeling our inner Marie Kondo, and clearing our homes of everything that does not spark joy.
One of the easiest ways to let go of our previously treasured items is knowing they will go to happy new homes. Some local nonprofits have closed their doors in recent weeks, spending their time preparing for a world free of pandemic fears. But many, many others are working harder than ever to support our neighbors facing unique challenges in the current economic climate.
There are many ways to make a difference right now. One way to do some good is to give your donations of food, clothing, and home goods to local nonprofits who work directly with the local community. Here are just a few places where you can take your donations right now.
Many of our neighbors live paycheck to paycheck, making difficult daily choices between rent and utilities, food, health care, and day care. Since 1969, Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM) has addressed poverty, hunger, homelessness, and access to healthcare for more than 50,000 underserved community members in Buncombe County. Food and clothing are listed among their urgent needs, as are funds for hygiene kits and COVID tests.
Donation Center: 24 Cumberland Avenue, Asheville | (828) 259-5322 | abccm.org
Asheville Habitat ReStore
Did you know that the Asheville Habitat ReStore is one of the highest ranked Habitat for Humanity stores in the country? It’s a great place to donate building supplies and home goods including, but not limited to, appliances, electronics, furniture, housewares, and sporting goods. If you can hold onto your items for a little while, ReStore donors have traditionally been able to schedule a pickup directly from their home. Asheville’s Habitat ReStore is currently accepting curbside donations by appointment. Normal donation processes will resume on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.
31 Meadow Road Asheville | (828) 254-6706
61 Weaver Boulevard, Weaverville (828) 484-9432
Don’t live in Asheville? It’s still easy to give! Find a Habitat ReStore near you.
Asheville Humane Society
Since 1984, the Asheville Humane Society has worked to protect cats, dogs, horses, rabbits, and other animals in Buncombe County. The organization is always in need of operational items (e.g., laundry detergent, bath towels, copier paper, trash bags), pet food, and animal training and enrichment items. Donations can be dropped off at their Adoption Center or sent directly from their Amazon wish list.
14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville | (828) 761-2001 | ashevillehumane.org
Don’t live in Asheville? It’s still easy to give! Search for your local animal shelter.
Are you overflowing with baby equipment and resources? Take them to a local UMC B.E.A.R. Closet! The organization is committed to aiding families with babies by supplying them with what they will need from the start. Donors can drop off gently used baby clothes, baby equipment, baby tubs, bottles, cribs, diapers, high chairs, and more at any area partner location.
Abernethy UMC | 1418 Patton Avenue, Asheville | (828) 254-2612
Cummings Memorial UMC | 3 Banner Farm Road, Horse Shoe | (828) 891-9413
East Asheville UMC | 48 Browndale Road, East Asheville | (828) 299-9742
Sharon UMC | 2 Laura Jackson Road, Fairview | (828) 242-6166
Snow Hill UMC | 84 Snow Hill Church Road, Candler | (828) 670-1884
Feed-a-Child Yancey was founded in the fall of 2007. This dedicated, local nonprofit collects and distributes food through our schools based on the recommendations of school nurses, counselors, principals, and teachers. When they began, they fed 50 kids per week. They now serve nearly 400 students per week and have distributed more than 175,000 pounds of food since their inception. Support their efforts by giving nonperishable foods or making a monetary donation today.
151 Laurel Heights Drive, Burnsville | (828) 284-0316 | feedachildyc.org
Four Seasons Hospice Home Store
Four Seasons provides a variety of critical end-of-life services across 11 counties of Western North Carolina. Their Hospice Home Stores offer high-quality, unique, and affordable items to support those endeavors. Take your donations to their store in Downtown Hendersonville during business hours. Large items and boxed goods can be scheduled for pickup. A brand new store in Arden just opened this week.
211 N. Main Street, Hendersonville | (828) 696-0625
21 Long Shoals Road, Arden
Homeward Bound of WNC
Homeward Bound is a nonprofit dedicated to ending homelessness in Buncombe and Henderson Counties. Since 1988, they have moved people into permanent housing through the “Housing First” national best practice for ending homelessness. You can donate furniture and housing items to give others the comforts of home at Homeward Bound’s Day Center. Needed items also include cleaning supplies, toiletries, and kitchen appliances.
Welcome Home Donation Center: 549 Elk Park Drive Unit 708, Asheville | homewardboundwnc.org
The Mountain Area Nutritional Needs Alliance is a collection of more than 200 partner agencies across 16 WNC counties. MANNA collects, stores, and distributes more than 50,000 pounds of food per day to local nonprofits for families and individuals in need. According to the agency, calls to the MANNA Food Helpline have increased 167% in the past 7 weeks. If you have items to give, MANNA will get them to neighbors in need. They accept fresh, dry, refrigerated, and frozen foods, as well as paper products, cleaning supplies, and health and beauty items.
627 Swannanoa River Road, Asheville | (828) 299-3663 | mannafoodbank.org
Sarge’s Animal Rescue
Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation rescues Haywood County animals for adoption or transport to a no-kill shelter or breed-specific rescue group. You may be able to guess some of their most needed items (pet foods, pet toys, cat litter). But other items on their list may surprise you, like meat-flavored baby foods, low-sodium chicken broth, and squeeze cheese. Donations can be dropped off at their adoption center or sent directly from their Amazon wish list.
256 Industrial Park Drive, Waynesville | (828) 246-9050 | sargeanimals.org