In just a week, the Big Move will be upon us. That’s when seemingly half of Lawrence packs their belongings and moves to a new house or apartment. With the Big Move comes the uncovering of a slew of unwanted items. Unwanted to the owner, that is. Half a dozen social service agencies in Lawrence are more than willing to accept some of the items that you might leave on the curb or throw in the Dumpster. Here’s a list of who they are, what they will take and how they use your donations to better the community.
Social Service League
They take: Just about anything, according to store manager Jean Ann Pike, including clothes, food, books, magazines and small furniture.
They don’t take: Large appliances or furniture.
Where: 905 R.I. To drop off donations, park in alley behind the store.
When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.
Donations are used to: Support eye exams for Douglas County adults and children, and buy new shoes for children.
They take: Any household items, including men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, food, diapers, formula, toys, pots and pans and office supplies.
They don’t take: Furniture, heavy appliances or infant car seats.
Where: 1035 Pa. To drop off donations, use the left lane of the driveway.
When: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
How donations are used: Items at Penn House are free, not sold. Women’s work clothes are used specifically for My Sister’s Closet, which gives women in transition professional attire while looking for a job.
They take: Clothing, linens, accessories, housewares, dishes, utensils, picture frames, knickknacks, pots and pans, books, CDs, records, tapes, small appliances, lamps, furniture, toys and sewing material.
They don’t take: Large appliances, anything requiring wiring, mattresses or box springs, bed frames, blinds and curtain rods, car seats, exercise equipment, reading material, building materials, anything with an internal combustion such as a lawn mower.
Where: 2200 W. 31st St.
When: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.
Donations are used to: Help people who have disabilities, lack education or job experience or face employment challenges to train for jobs and find employment.
Salvation Army Thrift Store
They take: Clothes, furniture, appliances and household goods.
They don’t take: Baby beds, strollers, exercise equipment, food.
Where: 1601 W. 23rd St.
When: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Donations are used to: Support the Salvation Army’s homeless shelters and drug and alcohol treatment programs.
Lawrence Habitat for Humanity ReStore
They take: New and used building supplies. But it will also accept some unwanted household items, such as desks, shelves and chairs; large appliances that are 10 years old or newer, filing cabinets, lamps, microwaves, mini fridges, picture frames, lawn mowers and hardware such as nails and screws.
They don’t take: Clothes; soft furniture such as couches; small appliances, except microwaves.
Where: 708 Conn. Use the loading dock in the alley. Use the doorbell to alert staff.
When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday; and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Donations are accepted up to an hour before the store closes.
Donations are used to: Support Lawrence Habitat for Humanity, which helps build affordable housing.
They take: Baby clothes up to size 5T; baby bouncers, baby beds and cribs, formula, diapers, maternity clothes, playpens and baby bathtubs.
They don’t take: Car seats, breast pumps and cribs that have enough space between the railings that a soda can will fit through.
Where: 1 Riverfront Plaza, Suite 100.
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m.-noon Friday.
How donations are used: Given at no charge to the public. To obtain a crib, expecting parents have to watch 12 parenting videos and fill out a worksheet. To receive other baby items, parents have to read a one-page Bible study.