If you have clothes, toys, or any type of household item that you’d like to donate, there’s a new way to do so while sheltering in place.
Scott Harris, an Upper West Sider and real estate broker with Brown Harris Stevens, has created “The Quarantine Spring Clean Challenge”, an initiative that not only helps deliver your donations to Goodwill Industries (while its retail locations are closed), but also keeps NYC moving companies in business.
“With our time freed up from normal work, it occurred to me that having a clean house, right in line with spring cleaning, would be just a focus for many people,” said Harris. “Then, my mind just wandered to all of my relationships with moving companies, and the connection was made. Only when I spoke to Katy at Goodwill did I realize just how important it is not only for people to be able to donate, but for recipient organizations to get the donations.”
Through the website, you can schedule a curbside pickup and your goods will be picked up and brought directly to Goodwill’s warehouse.
So far, they’ve been doing pickups all throughout Manhattan, with most pickups taking place on the Upper West and Upper East Sides. They hope to soon expand to other boroughs.
This program is helping Goodwill maintain their operations while retail locations remain closed. Scott also hopes to partner with more non-profit organizations.
If you don’t have any items to give away but want to contribute, you can also make a financial donation through the site.