Homeless charities, such as The Salvation Army and Goodwill Industries, come to individual homes to pick up donations. Veterans' charities, such as the Vietnam Veterans of America, also send trucks to pick up donations.
Cancer and medical charities such as the American Cancer Society, as well as children's charities such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, accept donations of all kinds for the families they serve. These charities pick up donations from individuals or companies. For charities that are ecological- or animal-based, local SPCA and Humane Society offices dispatch drivers to pick up donations for pet or environmental issues. Many faith-based charities are willing to pick up donations for their various outreach programs. Some require specific items, such as food or clothing, whereas others accept items as diverse as furniture and musical instruments.
Hospice and disability charities are likely to accept medical equipment donations, such as walkers, canes or toiletries. Like any of the other charity types listed, the best way to find charities that pick up donations is to do a search on a charity location site by entering a ZIP code. These sites provide lists of local charities that pick up donations and the types of donations they need.