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Give Back Box – Details on How to Donate and Re-Use Boxes

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I thought this was worth sharing since so many MSA readers have given great suggestions on donating unwanted subscription box items. If you have extra subscription boxes (or any cardboard box), and any item you want to donate (subscription box or not), Give Back Box makes it really easy to donate.

Reuse your online shipping boxes in which you received your purchases, or any other cardboard box you may have, to donate your unwanted household items: such as gently used clothing, shoes etc., to make a major difference in the life of another person.

1. Re-use any cardboard box to pack up items you wish to donate.

2. Print out the free shipping label. (They cover all shipping costs. If you don’t have a printer or can’t print a shipping label, send an email with your address and they will mail you your label. [email protected])

3. Mail your box at any post office or at any UPS store – or schedule a free pickup!

(FYI – most beauty items are out as they request no liquids.)

What do you think of Give Back Box? Let us know any other suggestions for donating, as well!

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

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  1. I think there are issues with most charities. I donate to a variety. Often whoever is willing to pick up at my home. I will say Goodwill helps out with medical supplies. My mother is low income and they loaned her a wheelchair for her to use for free for as long as she needs. They have a separate division that sells/loans durable medical equipment, and you can donate there as well. Called Goodwill home medical equipment.

  2. 1) This is AWESOME.

    2) Coincidentally, I just learned about this this morning when a coworker sent me another link about it through Amazon! How funny to come across it twice within a matter of a couple of hours. (Unless it is a new thing?)

  3. What a great (and helpful) post!

    So many of us are probably thinking of Spring cleaning or just clearing out for the new year. What a completely hassle free way to get stuff out of the house and onto someone who will appreciate it! Total win-win!

    Thanks for posting this!

  4. Keep the Red Cross in mind when donating things as they help victims of disasters, house fires etc.

  5. This is such an awesome idea! The goodwill is a good drive from my house and with 3 kids, I don’t make it as often as I like and everything accumulates! I like the goodwill because they provide so many much needed jobs! CharityWatch rates them A. If you’re interested in reading about it, go to charitywatch. They have tons of great info!

    • So weird because the article I read it was on the Top Ten Scam Organizations

  6. Dress for success is a great organization.

  7. If I’m reading the website right, all the donations go to Goodwill. Doesn’t look like it gets separated to various non-profits.

    • Well that changes things for me I don’t donate to goodwill any longer,after learning it doesn’t help the needy .The owner of goodwill is a multi millionaire and poor people don’t benefit nor can they afford some of the ridiculous prices.I donate to women’s shelters and the Salvation Army where they help the needy .And if someone needs something they receive it for free which is indeed the best thing.

        • I read that as well. This is why you don’t always believe everything you read on the internet!

        • I believe this might be the article I read not a hundred percent .I do like that goodwill offers jobs to individuals with handicaps or disabilities.I don’t like that nothing else goes to help others that I know of.I go to goodwill stores quite a lot and have you seen what they charge for some of their stuff 30.00 for some shoes .If a person has that much money they could probably just buy new .I just wish they offered better deals to people who need it ..But they are indeed the most convenient.

        • Thank you, that’s very helpful!

      • Although it is true that the president of the company does make a very good salary, The Goodwill does things that the Salvation Army doesn’t and vice versa. They all have different missions. (Salvation Army, for instance, is essentially a religious organization and is thus exempt from paying income tax, which may be how they can provide things for free) Goodwill provides tools in which people can get back on their feet. A free meal can’t do that. Everyone is entitled to donate wherever they please, and I agree, I will be taking my unwanted items to the local women’s shelter.

        • I have my hang-ups with both Goodwill and the Salvation Army. I hadn’t heard or read about the CEOs, but I had heard a while back that the Salvation Army was actively opposing policies that I support, and I saw a news segment about disabled Goodwill employees making less than minimum wage. However, I am pretty sure Goodwill in Chicago can’t get away with that, and even if they don’t give anything away for free, they sell items at a more affordable price than other retail stores, putting things more in reach of the working poor. I also like that they accept EVERYTHING. So, as much as I would like to donate to women’s shelters, it’s easier for me to donate everything at once to Goodwill, and I don’t feel guilty about it. I also donate my time and money to public health organizations that support women, adolescents, and children.

        • I agree they both have good and bad points 😃 Any help to the needy is always a good thing.So I’m going to do some research of my own and make the choice that feels right to me,as everyone else should also do

  8. This is the most important thing I’ve learned today. Thanks for sharing

  9. I have a mess of things too that I say I will donate and it ends up in the same spot for months. This is a great thing!

  10. Awesome information,we’ve been doing major cleaning and going thru things .I hate to throw things away that others can use

    • I didn’t know about this until recently, and usually, we wait for a big pile of things before we donate, (which leads to a big pile of things in our house) so sending out a box at a time should help me keep things a little more clean – hopefully! 🙂

      • Liz, this is awesome! I’m the same way and recently donated 4 giant bags to Goodwill because it’s the easiest option. As much as I would like to separate my donations for various causes, many nonprofits will only accept certain items, and Goodwill accept EVERYTHING. Plus, the one I visit in Chicago has a temporary parking area and their staff brings out a cart and unloads your car for you, so I only have to break my back getting out of my apartment, not unloading the car. This will definitely be great when I have smaller loads!

      • I’m sad to find out its goodwill but I’ll still look into it just to make sure because it sounds wonderful and convenient

  11. This hits me in my happy place 🙂

    • Yay 🙂

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