Household Items Gathering Dust? Here’s Your Chance to Donate Them at One Convenient Spot

ReuseFest takes place in October at North Park.
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If you have household items gathering dust in your garage, basement or closet, here’s your chance to easily donate them for a good cause. 

Pennsylvania Resources Council’s 11th annual “ReuseFest” — a unique event for gently used materials destined for a second life at numerous local nonprofit organizations — takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15 at the North Park Swimming Pool area. 

“This one-of-a-kind collection event provides area residents with an opportunity to responsibly donate a variety of unwanted but still usable items to multiple local nonprofits at one convenient location,” says PRC collection events manager Josh Schuneman. “All materials donated at ReuseFest will be reused in some fashion, whether resold, repurposed or given to those in need in our region.”

Construction Junction Kitchen Sink

Items accepted at the event, which is sponsored by UPMC with support from Allegheny County Parks Department, include art/office supplies, bedding/bathroom products, bikes, clothing, furniture, kitchen items, medical supplies and usable building materials.

As for the materials themselves, Schuneman asks that participants give the condition of the items an honest assessment before donating them. 

“While the purpose of ReuseFest is to provide a second life to a wide variety of materials, it’s OK to place stained, broken, cracked or otherwise damaged items in a trash can rather than donating to charity,” he says. “Before packing an item to bring to ReuseFest, look at the condition and ask yourself, ‘Would I buy this item in its current condition?’”

Some of the nonprofits collecting materials at the event are Brother’s Brother Foundation, Construction Junction, Dress for Success, The Education Partnership, Free Ride, Goodwill of Southwestern PA, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh, Off the Floor and Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Because of the event’s popularity, advance registration is required. For more information, including a complete list of participant requirements and accepted materials, visit here or call 412-488-7490, ext. 1. 

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