Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries
Serving Greater Cincinnati

The Top 5 Things You Should Donate to Goodwill This Spring

Spring is finally here! ‘Tis the season to spring clean and get your home in tip-top shape. It’s also a time to take a closer look at the items in your home and decide what should stay and what should go. Today, we’re counting down some of the items you can donate to Ohio Valley Goodwill to declutter your home and start fresh for the spring season.

Here’s a list of the top five things to donate to Goodwill this spring.

Mother and son sorting clothes in cardboard boxes to donate to Goodwill


#1: Winter coats

With warm weather is on its way, now is a perfect time to shed your winter coat and donate it to Ohio Valley Goodwill! Donating is a great way to give your gently used coat a new life and recycle responsibly.


#2: Sweaters

Spring cleaning your closet is exciting because it means you can get bulky winter sweaters out of the way and make space for fun, colorful spring clothing. As you sort through your winter clothing and put things into storage, take some time to evaluate which items you want to wear next winter. If you’ve acquired a stockpile of sweaters, consider donating a few to Goodwill. You’ll free up more real estate on your shelves or in your closet and make room for the new season’s items.

#3: Books

Are your bookshelves overflowing? Get organized by donating your pre-loved books to Goodwill! When you donate your books, you spread the joy of reading, giving others the opportunity to discover a book they love.  

#4: Games and toys

As you spring clean your home, you may come across games, toys, and sports equipment that your family no longer uses. As long as you have all the parts and pieces, consider donating these items to Goodwill. We gladly accept donations of gently used dolls and action figures, blocks, board games, puzzles, balls and sporting equipment that are in good condition.

#5: Housewares

Do you have extra household items, such as dishes, cooking utensils, or small appliances? Don’t throw them away ““  donate them to Goodwill! As you spring clean your home, designate a box for the items you plan to donate. You might be surprised to see how many items end up in the box by the time you’re finished spring cleaning!

White box with clothing inside and 'donations' written on front

Donations box

What happens to the items you donate?

Ohio Valley Goodwill takes donations and turns them into monetary funding for our job skills training and employment services for people living right here in the Greater Cincinnati community. Donated goods are collected, sorted, and resold in our network of 18 retail stores, where they’re given a new life in a new home with someone who can put them to good use. The revenue generated from the sale of donated goods helps fund Ohio Valley Goodwill’s mission to change lives through the power of work, giving individuals with disabilities and veterans a chance to earn a paycheck and gain independence.

Goodwill's cycle of success logo

Goodwill’s Cycle of Success

Thanks to your generous donation support, Ohio Valley Goodwill is able to support and grow our programs, resulting in a positive social and economic impact for the local community! Plus, donating to Goodwill is good for the planet. Each year, Goodwill diverts millions of pounds of reusable materials and textiles from local landfills, promoting responsible recycling and sustainability.


Ready to donate to Ohio Valley Goodwill? View our complete list of items we can accept and then use our locator to find the nearest donation site near you.