• National Center of Children and Families can always use ‘gently used’ toys, cribs, high chairs, playpens and other baby gear. 301-365-4480 or

  • Bikes for the World collects and donates bikes to nonprofit agencies in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and elsewhere. 703-525-0931 or www.bikesfortheworld.org

  • Old towels, sheets and blankets are used by Humane Societies, veterinarians and Second Chance Wildlife Center for use with injured or orphaned wild animals. www.wildliferescueleague.org

  • Old computers as well as broken computers can be used and repaired by First Time Computers, and donated to students of low-income families. www.firsttimecomputers.org

  • Warm clothing is always needed by a variety organizations. One that I am involved with is The Community Council for the Homeless located on Wisconsin Ave in Chevy Chase, DC. www.cchfp.org, another is Bread for the City at www.breadforthecity.org

  • For those forgotten stacks of CDs and DVDs, the Walter Reed Army Hospital welcomes donations. 202-782-7811

  • House wares, like an extra bed, bureau or microwave can be donated to A Wider Circle, a Bethesda-based non-profit group that directs basic items for the home to families living in poverty and sets up educational programs in shelters and community centers. 301-657-1010 or www.awidercircle.org

  • Our House Youth Home is a charity based on a 140-acre farm near Olney where at-risk youths live and learn construction skills and organic farming while completing their high school education. They accept all kinds of tools, and equipment used in agriculture and the building trades and will come pick them up! 301-519-1019 or www.our-house.org

  • Finally, books are welcome at Books for America at 202-835-2665 www.booksforamerica.org and also at the Wheaton Library at 11701 Georgia Ave www.folmc.org