“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.
We are no longer accepting donations of computers, tablets, cell phones or related computer equipment. The only electronic equipment we will accept is TV’s. Any size flat screen, if TV is old style (tube) must be 32 inches or less. TV’s must be in working condition.
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. We are open Monday through Thursday 9 am to Noon to receive donations. 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, Wednesday, and Thursday 10 AM to Noon. On Tuesdays we pickup at 4:30 to 6:30.