Donating clothing to Vietnam Veterans of America

vva-logoA few years ago, I donated a few bags of clothing to my local Goodwill. Unfortunately, before the bags of clothing were actually donated, they were in the trunk of my car for almost eight months because I forgot about them. When I eventually went to donate the clothes, my local Goodwill informed me that they were no longer accepting donations at that location. So, I ended up driving to a location in another town to eventually donate the clothes.

I’ve recently decided to purge some clothing and this time am donating my clothes to the Vietnam Veterans of America. The VVA sent me a flier a few weeks ago letting me know that they would be in my area picking up donations (which, come to think of it, may have been the reason I got in the purging spirit). 

I went to and scheduled my pickup for February 2. (You can check out the site, too, to learn when they’ll be in your neighborhood next.) It was so easy. I don’t have to do anything except put all my donations into bags for their eventual pickup. The VVA sells the donated household goods to private companies by annual bid. The funds provide almost half of their annual needs to support local, state, and national service programs (e.g., homeless veterans, agent orange related health programs, improved hospital care for veterans with disabilities).

The VVA is a great cause, they make clothing donation easy, and it unclutters your closets and dressers. I’ll still donate to Goodwill, but the VVA is getting some of my clothes this February.

13 Comments for “Donating clothing to Vietnam Veterans of America”

  1. posted by Beverly D on

    I was so excited to hear about this, and thanks Matt for getting the word out. I consider the Vietnam War *my* war, the one that took my boyfriends and brothers, and I’m happy to support the vets. However, when I went to the web site, I was disappointed to learn that they aren’t available everywhere, and not in my county. I’m not sure why this is, and I’ll call on Monday and ask. I live in a very large county in Florida, you’d think there would be great saturation, but they are only in about one third of the counties in Florida. A shame. Thanks again for the post.

  2. posted by infmom on

    The Salvation Army will also send a truck to pick up whatever you have to donate.

  3. posted by Trinity on

    Neither picks up for me–NYC. But it’s good to know about these options, and to tell others on the net about them. Thanks.

  4. posted by Rachel on

    I never had a real clutter problem when I lived in Colorado Springs – the VA sent their flyers 2 – 3 times a year and picked up all the stuff a few days after I called them!

    Since moving to Texas boondocks – there isn’t one anywhere around. So stuff seems to pile up. I tried Freecycle, but the people in charge were so strict on the rules/formats/etc that I almost never got a post to go through.

    Recently, my dh has been volunteering time working on a computer program for a missionary organization. He found out that they have a “closet” for donated items and missionary families traveling through can take what they can use. Since he goes there nearly every day – I’m finally seeing some breathing space in my house!

    Also, 4 years ago, I was able to donate a lot of clothing and homemaking items to a local women’s shelter when my grandmother was actively taking things from her home.

  5. posted by momofthree on

    our church has a twice yearly all types of good rummage sale. I have a small space, so I don’t hang to things for only twice a year. Amvets (similar to VVA) is always calling me, and anything to help our vets and their families is a-ok by me.

  6. posted by Therese on

    I love that you posted about this – we have been doing this with the Veterans Association for about a year now (Houston) – they call us every month or so and tell us they will bein the neighborhood – we just have to leave our stuff marked on the front step – I tell them to stop by even if I do not have a bag ready – from the time I make the appointment to the time they come my husband and I collect at least one bag of items (it is amazing how easy this is) to donate. When they came last week I commented to my husband that even thought we are donating the items it is a HUGE service they provide to US – and thought of your site – should have emailed you then. Thank you for all of the great tips – first time commenter, long time reader.

  7. posted by Myra on

    I donate to the Salvation Army Thrift Store all clothing, kitchen items, flower vases, and anything else that I want to recycle because monies from sales go toward feeding the homeless. The homeless are fed daily and offered a clean bed each night. I am turning my unwants to cash for the homeless. I have visited the Thrift Store and its amazing to see how many folks shop there as they cannot afford the department store prices. Many don’t have a job or a home and want to stretch the few dollars they get from non-profit groups or churches that help the poor.

  8. posted by Jessica on

    Unfortunately it doesn’t look like Salv. Arm. or VVOA have pick ups in Chicago… Guess I’ll keep lugging the boxes to the Goodwill 7 blocks away.

  9. posted by Tory on

    Great advice – if you can’t use it, some one can.

    I also wanted to let you know that I referenced this blog in a recent article:

    I look forward to reading more from you!

  10. posted by joi on

    its good to know that even in this time that they call “hardship time”, there are still many people who are willing to give and share, Bless your heart.
    And for those who have financial capabilities, you can visit this site, There are lots of bargain items that you can purchase in behalf of those incapable in needs.

  11. posted by Sooz on

    Glad to have just read this post, because Vietnam Veterans does pick up in my area, and that will be a great way to get a lot of stuff out of the house for a good cause. Thanks for the info.

  12. posted by jurstme on

    the vva stores are a for profit company.they give 3-5% of the profits to the vets in exchange for use of the name.

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