Mattresses are a vital necessity for healthy living and while yours may be old and ‘seemingly no more beneficial’ to you, it could still do a lot of good to other people who might be in need of it. The saying ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ comes alive in this situation. Perhaps, you have a new mattress and your old one is still in good shape, and you do not know what to do with it. Donating it might enable you sleep better at night knowing that you are the reason somebody can equally enjoy a good night’s rest. Also, donating your mattress would prove to benefit the environment considering that it will not be ending up at a refuse dump.
There are many options that would provide you with the facility to donate mattresses. Most of these agencies accept ones that have been used but are still in good condition. They are called ‘gently used’. Many of them would even offer pick up services from your home which can save much hassle, as transporting a mattress isn’t the easiest task. Ok, sounds good right? Here are some places that you can donate your mattress:
National Furniture Bank Association
The National Furniture Bank Association is a non-profit organization which partners with a lot of furniture banks in order to give out pieces of furniture for little or no cost, and help hundreds of thousands of people every year. They work through referrals from schools, churches and agencies to deliver pieces of furniture to people who desperately need them. The association could use your mattress donation to be more effective. The Furniture Banks themselves are generally dedicated to providing adequate living and sleeping conditions for people in America, by providing essential furniture facility for human existence to those that cannot afford it. Through referrals, they give furniture to these people (who approximately consist of 40% children), at little or no cost made by accepted donations. Even after the 100,000+ people every year throughout the US and Canada, there are still more people who need mattresses to sleep on and your donation would help the organization get to them. Check the list of Furniture Banks in your area through the NFBA website to get started.
Religious charities show the love of God by providing assistance to anyone who needs it. Their functions range from providing material necessities which include food, clothes and yes, your old mattress to defending fundamental human rights. Donation to local charities in your community would go a long way to make their mission effective. It would also benefit you as nothing compares to the feeling that you derive from helping to help other people.
Vietnam Veterans of America
Founded in 1978, the Vietnam Veterans of America, popularly known as VVA, is a movement that is concerned with Veterans. Their main purpose is to change the public’s general opinion about Vietnam veterans which includes providing for veterans in need. Many of these veterans do not have adequate access to good health and/or other vital needs that is essential for human existence. Mattresses are one of the items that is needed by these heroes and donating your old ones would go a long way in helping them.
DonationTown.org is an online directory that helps people find near-by charity organizations who can pick up and accept donations from home. This is easier than disposing of your mattress, and what’s even better is that the scheduled pick-ups are free. So, there really is no reason not to donate.
In conclusion, the above list is not exhaustive, but one thing we haven’t mentioned is that finding places to donate can be rather difficult mainly because some agencies do not accept mattresses due to the hygienic principles. However, the organizations and movements mentioned above would definitely prove effective in accepting them. So the next time you decide to buy a new mattress, make arrangements to donate your old one first!