Once the kids are back in school, the house is yours again—and unfortunately, so is all that stuff you’ve been meaning to toss.
Never fear, MakeItBetter.net has your go-to-guide for getting rid of junk with ease. And it’s all for a good cause!
They’ll pick your stuff up
White Elephant Resale Shop
Pick-ups: Call 773-883-6184
e-mail [email protected]
Drop-off: 234 W. Westminster Rd., Lake Forest
Pick-ups: Call 708-388-7800
Items accepted include clothing, kitchen and bathroom furniture, small appliances, household goods, toys, games, antiques, antiques and jewelry. No microwaves, console TVs, steel desks or sofas.
Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Ministries
Pick-ups: Call 773-989-5647, e-mail [email protected] ($25 donation requested)
Drop off: 4753 N. Broadway, Ste. 401, Chicago
Donations go to help refugees resettling in Chicago. All donations must be clean and usable. IRIM needs CTA cards, gift cards (Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Target, Payless Shoes, IKEA, Jewel/Osco, Dominick’s, Gas Cards), new bedding sets (twin and queen sizes—sets include comforter, flat sheet, fitted sheet, and pillow cases), televisions, furniture, clock radios, small stereos and CD players, small home appliances, infant formula, disposable diapers, baby supplies, collapsible shopping carts, window air conditioning units, fabric, sewing notions, sewing machines and women’s clothing patterns.
Pick-ups: Call 773-477-1300
Drop off: 528 Kedzie, Evanston, 847-869-3033, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Appliance Pick-up Service
Pick-up: Call 773-276-0599,
Visit their Web site: www.pickupservice.com ($30 an item); Monday – Saturday from 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Items accepted include old and non-working appliances (for parts), e.g., washing machines, dryers, refrigerators, dishwashers, freezers and TVs. Will pick up from outside or inside your house. Call for more information.
Drop off your stuff
Connections for the Homeless
607 Lake, Evanston
847-475-7070, ext. 100
Open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Central Evanston Child Care
2014 Dempster St., Evanston
Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (call first)
E.S.C.C.A. Evanston School Children Clothing Association
Drop box: West side of the Joseph E. Hill Education Center, 1500 McDaniel Ave., Evanston.
Call your local District 65 school’s main office for additional locations.
847-859-8018 (voicemail hotline)
The Evanston Ecology Center
2024 McCormick, Evanston
Open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Family Focus/Our Place
2010 Dewey, Evanston
847-475-7570 (call first, use answering machine)
Open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
McGaw YMCA Child Care Center
1420 Maple, Evanston
Open Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Rice Children’s Center
1101 Washington St., Evanston
Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Ridgeville Park District
908 Seward, Evanston
Open Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Second Hand Tunes
800 Dempster St., Evanston
Open daily 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Lenscrafters & Lions’ Clubs
Open Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Old Orchard, Skokie
9450 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
Touhy in Lincolnwood
Arroyave Academy of Languages
1787 St. Johns Avenue, Highland Park
Open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Recycling isn’t just for bottles and cans! Freecycle Network is a grassroots nonprofit made up of 4,594 groups with 5,759,000 members across the globe, giving and getting stuff for free in their own towns. Membership is free. The Wilmette Illinois Freecycle Group has 1063 active members.
Automobiles to Charities
American Lung Association
Make A Wish Foundation
National Kidney Foundation
Evanston Township High School Auto Shop
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