“I am going to get in my car and shut the windows and scream for joy.”
(What a woman with a job, two children, fleeing domestic violence told one of our volunteers after picking out beds and other basics. They were sleeping on borrowed pillows on the floor.)
We are always in need of clean, gently used furniture and household items.
Since 2003 we’ve helped about well over 15,000 people in 4,500 households. Average annual income is $9,500 a year. Many of them lack basics like beds and tables and chairs. We’ve averaged furnishing 10 apartments of furniture WEEKLY since 2003. Your furniture and household goods donations are VITAL to give pre-screened families bed to sleep in, dressers for their clothes and tables and chairs so they are not sleeping and eating on the floor. Giving away free stuff costs us money. We need monetary donations to conservatively heat and cool our warehouse, put gasoline in our moving trucks, etc.
Examples of needed items include:
- Headboards & Bed Frames
- Mattresses & Box Springs
- Bedding, Linens & Towels
- Entertainment Centers
- Dining Tables & Chairs
- Couches & Love Seats
- Pots, Pans & Cooking Utensils
- Easy Chairs & Recliners
- End Tables & Night Stands
- Coffee Tables
- Dishes, Glasses & Silverware
- Microwaves & Small Appliances
- Televisions, cable-ready,19-inch screens or larger
- VCRs, DVD Players, Stereos & Radios
- Toddler Beds with Mattresses
Examples of items we cannot take:
- Large executive desks or metal file cabinets
- Soiled, Torn or Broken Furniture –
- Large Appliances (stoves, refrigerators, washer/dryers)
- Toys, Games & Puzzles
- Lawn Furniture
- Luggage, Metal Trunks
- Crystal & Formal Dinnerware
- Old Typewriters, Adding Machines, etc.
- Exercise Equipment & Bicycles
- Christmas Decorations
Drop-off Furniture Contributions You are welcome to drop off your contribution directly at the warehouse during business hours. For larger items, please come to the warehouse door in the alley directly behind our building. Smaller household items can be taken through our front door and put on a cart. Our hours are Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday 9am to noon. Please call ahead and let us know you are coming, 309-829-6500.
If you cannot drop off your contribution, you can arrange for us to pick it up. Please allow at least a one week or more notice. Although this is a free service, it is not free for us. Therefore, we normally ask if you would be willing to make a voluntary donation to assist us with the vehicle expenses. There is no obligation to do so, but it does cost us an average of $32 per day to operate this service. Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated.
Furniture Pick ups are performed by volunteers during the following hours:
Monday-Thursday between 5:00 pm and 7:30 pm;
Saturday between 9:00 am and 11:30 am