Whether Vietnam veterans, homeless veterans with a Purple Heart, disabled American veterans, or any veteran of the military order, there are plenty of ways you can provide support to programs that help veterans and one of the best options is donating items that can be picked up at your home. Veterans pick up programs send someone to your home to collect the items you no longer need that can be passed on to veterans or sold to others to raise funds for veterans’ programs.
What are some of the best options available for veterans pick up programs that help you support the troops?
Pick Up Please
The Pick Up Please organization accepts a variety of clothing and other goods. The program makes a difference in the lives of American veterans and their families and uses items donated by others to generate the funding needed to keep the program up and running.
It’s easy to donate to Pick Up Please. Simply fill out the online donation form on your computer or mobile device. In most cases, you’re able to schedule a pickup within a 24-hour window. All you need to do is leave your labeled boxes or bags outside your front door on pickup day. You don’t even need to be home when the donation is picked up.
The group provides you with tax deduction documentation by email, so it’s easy to list your donation on your tax return.
The group accepts a variety of donations, including clothing, shoes, accessories, toys, household items, books, small appliances, and much more. They only accept small items that are light enough for one person to lift and carry.
The group thing about Pick Up Please, aside from the good the organization is doing for retired and disabled veterans of America, is the fact that you can schedule a pick up on the spur of the moment. Many organizations require you schedule a pickup weeks or months in advance, but Pick Up Please is usually able to get your items within 24 hours.
The program operates in a number of different states throughout the country, including:
- New Jersey
- New York
Support Our Troops
Another program that allows you to donate items in support of American’s troops and veterans is Support Our Troops.
Support Our Troops runs a variety of programs that accept specific items you want to donate to the vets.
The organization accepts jewelry items and has professional appraisers that can tell you how much your pieces are worth before you donate the items. The jewelry items you no longer use can benefit troops and their families and you’ll be able to claim your donation as a tax deduction.
Those who choose to donate jewelry are also encouraged to include any stories related to the pieces they donate. Support Our Troops catalogs the stories with the pieces and when they reach their new homes, the new owners are able to learn the history of the piece as supplied by you.
The Support Our Troops jewelry donation program accepts:
- Fine jewelry
- Bridal jewelry
- Engagement rings and wedding bands
- Antique jewelry or vintage pieces
- Precious pearls, stones, and gems
- Diamond rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets
- Gold, silver, and platinum rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets
- Rolex and other designer watches
- Vintage pocket watches
- Rare pieces or fine jewelry items that are hard to come
- Estate pieces
- Broken gold, silver, diamond, or pearl, necklaces, earrings, bracelets
- Jewelry pieces that are missing gems
- Sterling silver sets
Support Our Troops does not accept donations of costume jewelry, plated items, or faux-diamond items.
In addition to its jewelry program, Support Our Troops also operates a weapons donation program. This allows you to donate your guns and pass them along to appreciative service members who are able to use them as protection in their own homes.
Support Our Troops accepts rifles, pistols, handguns, shotguns, and revolvers.
The organization is a licensed firearms dealer with a federal firearms license number, which means you can donate your weapon with the peace of mind knowing it is being passed through an organization that will get it to a responsible new owner.
The guns you donate are appraised and you’re provided with tax information. The guns are also handled before they are passed along to their new owner. The organization uses the guns in a variety of ways, including reselling, fundraising, use in museum displays, or passed along to veterans and their families.
They also accept gun collections and appreciate the work and years of effort that goes into cultivating a significant collection of weapons, especially when some or all of them have historic significance. Collections are handled with respect and in the appropriate manner, and allow you to donate your weapons to those who will appreciate them most. And like the jewelry donations Support Our Troops accepts, you’re invited to submit information about one or all of your guns when you make a donation and that information will be passed on to the new owner.
In addition to jewelry and guns, Support Our Troops also accepts donations of personal valuables, vehicles, equipment, machinery, and various collections of items.
In addition to these national and semi-national organizations, there might be local organizations in your area that accept and pick up donations for veterans. You can contact your local Veterans Administration or American Legion and ask if they know of any organizations. You can also ask if there are any items they need or if they know of any families to whom you can donate directly.
You’d be surprised at the items these organizations accept. If you once had a use for an item and it’s in your home, there’s a good chance a veteran or their family will also be in need of that item at one time or another. And many organizations collected gently used items and resell them to raise money to donate to veterans and organizations that support them.
Be creative! There are lots of ways to give back and often, it’s as easy as making a phone call or reservation online and have your items picked up right by your front door!