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Plan ahead and arrange a free pick up from inside your home with the Coalition for the Homeless. They will schedule pickups in Cambridge for the last Friday and the first Monday of every month, except holidays.

2014 pickup dates: Oct 31, Nov 3, Nov 21, Dec 1, and Dec 19.
2015 pickup dates: Jan 5, Jan 30, Feb 2, Feb 27, Mar 2, Mar 27, Apr 6, Apr 24, May 4, May 29, Jun 1, Jun 26, Jul 6, Jul 31, Aug 3, Aug 28, Sep 7, Sep 25, Oct 5, Oct 30, Nov 2, Nov 20, Dec 7, and Dec 18.

Items must be clean and usable. Someone’s gonna love your stuff. Email pictures of your good-condition furniture to donations@mahomeless.org and include your address, phone number and put “Cambridge Pickup” in the subject line. They take kitchen tables & chairs, couches & sofa chairs, ottomans, hutches, end tables, coffee tables, bed frames, dressers, bookshelves, cabinets, rugs, lamps, dishes, pots & pans, and blankets & linens. Your donation helps low-income and formerly homeless families furnish their apartments at no cost to them.

Other Pickup & Drop-Off Options

Here are other organizations that offer free pickup and drop-off or your living, dining and bedroom furniture in good-condition furniture. Most only require 1-2 weeks’ notice for pick up. And, you might even be able to get a tax deduction. Short on time? Check out our partners’ websites for drop-off locations, hours, and to check that they will accept your donation. Organizations marked with * take mattresses.

Salvation Army*
For free pickup use their online pickup form or call 1-800-SA-TRUCK.

Boomerangs
For free pickup use their online form or call (617) 309-7220.
Drop-off good items at 563 Mass Ave, Cambridge from 12 noon-7pm.

Aid to Incarcerated Mothers*
For free pickup call (617) 536-0058.

MIT Student Furniture Exchange 
For free pick up of large donations only email fx@mit.edu or call (617) 253-4293. 
Drop-off good items at 350 Brookline St, Cambridge Tues/Thurs 10am-4pm and 1st Saturday of the month 10am-1pm. No mattresses, box springs, drop-side cribs, used stuffed animals, or old TVs.

Epilepsy Foundation
For free pickup use their online form or call (888) 322-8209.
Drop-off good items at Savers in West Roxbury, 1230 Veterans of Foreign Wars Parkway Mon-Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 10am-7pm.

Wish Project*
Open hours: 9am-2pm: Tue, Wed, Fri and Sat 978-441-WISH (9474)
Accepts clean, stain-free mattresses and beds including bunk beds trundle sets, toddler beds, cribs (fixed side), cots. No king sized and no platform beds. Directions to 1A Foundry St, Lowell: Route 3 to 495 to Lowell Connector to Plain St. south for 0.4 miles. Turn Right Foundry St.

Last Minute Options?

If you’ve totally put this off till the last minute and can’t arrange for a heroic pick up, you have other options:

  • Sell or give good-condition stuff away for free at Craig’s List or Freecycle. Postings are free, most do better with a photo. Last resort, put a “Curb Alert” notice on Craig’s List with a photo, noting what time it will be at the curb for trash collection (no earlier than 6pm the day before), an exact location and you’ll be shocked how quickly it’ll disappear!

  • The city trash crews will pick up ONE piece of furniture per week. Remember, it’s heading to the landfill or incinerator if you choose this route, so, if it’s usable and is in good condition, please see what you can do to arrange a rescue! If it’s a ripped, torn, stained, about-to-fall-apart mess…unfortunately it probably is trash!

 

 

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