International and National Charities
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is an international organization that offers sustainable and affordable housing for people all over the world. While the mattress you donate may not be used directly by Habitat for Humanity, it can be sold to a ReStore center that sells building furnishings and supplies, with the proceeds going to help fund the continuous work of Habitat in local and international communities. The funds can help provide families with the experience of sleeping on more comfortable spots instead of on hard, cold floors, so donating to Habitat can be your way of paying it forward so other people can also be blessed with comfortable sleeping surfaces. It is best to contact the nearest ReStore home improvement center first to verify if they accept mattress donations because acceptable donated items may vary with every location. If the center welcomes a mattress donation, you can request for it to be picked up from your home or you can bring it to ReStore yourself.
The Salvation Army operates charity shops in over 120 countries around the world. Undamaged used mattresses that are still in good condition are accepted at Salvation Army depots or shops, or you can request for them to pick up the mattress. Donating to the Salvation Army allows you to deal with the used mattress without dumping it in a landfill, and at the same time, it can be used for tax deduction purposes.
National Furniture Bank Association
The National Furniture Bank Association works to donate furniture and other home essentials to more than 100,000 families yearly all across North America. There are local donation centers spread out across the country – you will need to check which one is the closest. However, many of the NFBA’s regional centers also offer pick-up services so you can schedule a time that is most convenient for you. It should be noted that the NFBA only accepts furniture donations that are gently and lovingly used, so old mattresses that have signs of extensive deterioration will not be welcomed.
Shelters or Places of Worship
You may not need to look far when you want to donate your old mattress. Search for shelters for abused women or the homeless in your local area or neighboring towns, as these places may welcome donations to provide more comfortable sleeping areas for women, children, and even entire families who may not experience the luxury of sleeping on comfortable beds. Churches and other places of worship may also welcome gently used mattresses that can still be used to provide a comfortable sleeping surface for the less fortunate. Check with these places so you can verify if you need to bring the mattress to their locations or if they can provide a pick-up service for your convenience.
Donation Town is a wonderful resource where you can find a list of local charities that offer free pick-up services for the mattress you wish to donate. It will help you quickly locate a local charity that will accept a used but still in a good condition mattress, as well as other household essentials. Donation Town takes the guesswork out of which place will accept your used mattress, so you won’t need to spend too much time and effort searching and wondering how to get your mattress to the charity.