SEATTLE – If you’ve been cleaning out your closets during the COVID-19 quarantine, St. Vincent de Paul of Seattle/King County is looking for you.
Starting May 12, the organization began accepting donations of clothing, household items and electronics (including TVs, computers and monitors) at its thrift stores in Kenmore and Renton and at its Georgetown donation station in Seattle, said Jim McFarland, the organization’s marketing and communications director. (See box for details on drop-off locations, days and hours.)
It was “very busy” during the first two hours of drop-offs at the three locations on May 12, with an estimated total of 30 donation bins filled, McFarland said.
“We know there is a great pent-up demand for folks wanting to donate,” he said. “My wife and I have been cleaning out closets to bring things to SVdP.”
Donation drop-offs were suspended in March after the governor issued the COVID-19 stay-at-home order.
The loosening of restrictions is allowing SVdP to again accept donations so it can build its inventory for its thrift stores when they are allowed to operate under the governor’s phased reopening plan, McFarland explained.
Strict social distancing is being followed at the drop-off sites, and signs direct donors to drop off items in wire-framed donation boxes. All items donated must be in good condition, and furniture is not being accepted at this time.
“We always need clean and reusable clothing and pots and pans and books and dishes,” McFarland said.
Proceeds from items sold at SVdP’s five thrift stores support its programs to help those in need.
Donate reusable clothing, household items to SVdP
St. Vincent de Paul of Seattle/King County is accepting drop-off donations of clothing and household goods. Electronics are also being accepted, including TVs, computers and monitors. Furniture is not being accepted at this time.
Donation hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, at these locations:
- Kenmore SVdP Thrift Store, 7304 NE Bothell Way, Kenmore
- Renton SVdP Thrift Store, 575 Rainier Ave. N., Renton
- Georgetown Donation Center, 5972 Fourth Ave. S., Seattle
Social distancing is being followed at these sites; receipts for donations larger than $250 can be obtained on the SVdP website.