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Where To Donate Your Boxing Day Best

Got extra gifts, or items you no longer need? Here are some places they can go.

The day after Christmas, called "Boxing Day" in some countries, is traditionally a day of organizing and donating.  In the U.S., it marks the beginning what some stores call the "returns season." In homes in Charlestown, it might mean that on December 27th folks have a few extra items lying about that they no longer need. 

Whether they're duplicate gifts, replacements for items that still have some usability left, or clothing that doesn't fit but can't be returned, if you've got things to donate, here's where to go:

There's no Salvation Army Drop-Off Site in Charlestown, but clothes and goods can be dropped off at two sites in neighboring towns:

Salvation Army Family Store
456 Broadway
Chelsea, MA 0215

Driving Directions

Salvation Army Family Store

483 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02145

Driving Directions.

There's also no Goodwill Store in Charlestown, but there are two that are relatively close:

Goodwill Donation Center
1010 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02119

Driving Directions (it's also a 15-minute walk from the Orange Line's Ruggles Station)

Goodwill Store

230 Elm St.
Somerville, MA 02144

Driving Directions.

Want to donate without leaving the house?  Project Smile, an organization based in Hopedale, Massachusetts that serves traumatized children, also accepts donations by mail.  They're seeking stuffed animals, unused coloring books and crayons, and children's reading books, though they have specific guidelines about what they can receive.  Items can be mailed to Project Smile, P.O. Box 336, Hopedale, MA, 01747.

The American Library Association also has an extensive list of places that are happy to receive mailed donations of books, whether it's Reader To Reader in Amherst, MA, which donates books to Massachusetts schools (including some Boston Public Schools) and nationwide, or to soldiers serving around the world through Operation Paperback's Volunteer Shipper program. 

Donors mailing their gifts can schedule package pickups at their home online through the U.S. Postal Service.  And if there are any organizations missing from this list that accept donated goods, whether by mail or in or near Charlestown, please let us know in the comments!  We don't want to leave anybody out. 

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