Your clothing/goods donations mean BIG things for Make-A-Wish AL’s Wish Kids

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Make big wishes come true for children in Alabama. (America’s Thrift Stores)

What if you could make an impact on the lives of critically-ill children in Alabama by simply donating gently-used items? Through a Make-A-Wish Alabama‘s partnership with America’s Thrift Stores, it’s possible! Read on to learn how.

Your donations change lives

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From donations to ATS, Make-A-Wish AL was able to grant this sweet little girl’s wish for a darling puppy. (America’s Thrift Stores)

At Bham Now, we love learning about local businesses and nonprofits working together to do great things. So, we were thrilled to discover America’s Thrift Stores plays an important role in helping Make-A-Wish Alabama with their mission to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses in the state of Alabama.

Currently 250 kids are waiting for a wish in Alabama; around 90 of those kids are in Birmingham. To help grant their wishes, America’s Thrift Stores partnered with Make-A-Wish Alabama in 2018. During this time, they have donated over $4 million to the nonprofit. In 2021 alone, they donated over $1 million.

How is this possible? It’s all due to the generous donations of gently-used clothing and household items from people like you in the community.

“Every time you donate your gently-used clothing and household items to America’s Thrift Stores, you’re helping us bring hope and joy, not just for an Alabama child with a critical illness, but for their entire family. Your used items help renew hope, uplift spirits and encourage these children fighting illnesses to fight harder. For every pound of goods donated to America’s Thrift, we make a financial contribution to Make-A-Wish Alabama.”

Julianna Hallman, Director of Marketing, America’s Thrift Stores

Donate + win on January 15

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Visit America’s Thrift Stores Community Donation Center’s Huffman store in Birmingham. (America’s Thrift Stores)

Want to help grant life-changing wishes through Make-A-Wish Alabama? Then start bagging up your donations now for the Huffman Donation Drive benefiting Make-A-Wish Alabama on Saturday, January 15 from 10AM-2PM.

Not only will you get all the feels from donating to such an awesome cause, but you’ll also:

  1. Score a FREE donut from Heavenly Donuts. 🍩
  2. Be entered to win a $250 shopping spree to America’s Thrift Stores. 🛍

Event Details:

What: Huffman Donation Drive benefiting Make-A-Wish Alabama
When: Saturday, January 15 | 10AM-2PM
Where: America’s Thrift Stores, 1125 Huffman Rd, Birmingham, Alabama 35215

More ways to donate to America’s Thrift Stores

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Support Make-A-Wish by donating. (America’s Thrift Stores)

Can’t attend the donation event on January 15? No worries. Donations are taken any time throughout the year. There are lots of ways to do it, too. Here’s how:

1. Drop off your donation at your local America’s Thrift Stores

Each store has an attendant ready to assist you during your donation drop off. Just pull up at your local America’s Thrift Stores donation center, pop your trunk and they’ll take care of the rest.

Find your nearest location AFS location here.

2. Visit America’s Thrift Stores Community Donation Center

Donations can be dropped off at America’s Thrift Stores Community Donation Center, located at Hamburger Heaven on Highway 280. Simply pull up and an attendant will collect your donations. Find more community donation centers.

Where: Hamburger Heaven, 5303 Highway 280 S, Birmingham, AL 35242

3. Request a FREE home pick-up

A hectic schedule can make it tough to drop off your donation items. Like me, who has had their donation items sitting in their trunk for an embarrassingly long time. The quickest and easiest solution—request a FREE home pick-up with America’s Thrift Stores. Request a pick-up online or call 1.800.964.4567 to schedule.

4. Visit an America’s Thrift Stores donation bin around town

ATS has nearly 3,000 donation bins placed throughout the Southeast—many of which are in the Greater Birmingham Area. Just bag your donation items inside one of these bins and your donation is complete.

Wondering what can be donated? Gently-used items, such as:

  • clothing + shoes
  • furniture
  • household items
  • kitchen appliances
  • toys + games

View the full list of accepted donation items.

5. Donate and Shop

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Donating is so easy. (America’s Thrift Stores)

Bring your donations to America’s Thrift Stores, drop it in a bin at the front of the store then go shopping. Talk about easy!

Another cool fact before you go: America’s Thrift Stores not only helps Make-A-Wish Alabama and other charity partners across the southeast, but it helps keep 50 million pounds of donation-worthy goods out of landfills every year—a huge score for the environment!

Want to learn more about the amazing things Make-A-Wish Alabama is doing for children in the state? Visit their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram. You can also participate in their 2022 Trailblaze Challenge.

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