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Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could ship donations free? If you are like me, you may have enough Amazon boxes to build a fortress. While this is hours of fun for my children, there’s also an opportunity for good in those boxes. Amazon has partnered with Give Back Box to accept your donations for Goodwill, and they will ship your package at no cost to you – that’s free, they’ll do it for free. Other partners include Overstock, Loft, REI, Levi’s Dockers, Asics and New Egg.

Start a New Tradition

Donating gently used clothing and household items you no longer need is a great way to start a new tradition with your family, and to help others. In addition to getting boxes out of your house and helping others, donating used goods encourages your family to reduce waste and protect the environment – more than 10 million tons of clothing is sent to landfills every year. Compiling all of your donation and making time to get the items to the thrift store does not work for everyone; Give Back Box offers a convenient alternative.

Interested how you can ship donations free? Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1

Open the box. If you already broke it down, you may need to add some support with packaging tape.

Step 2

Stuff the box fully with clothing and household items, but avoid liquids and dead weight (skip the bowling ball). Also note that they don’t accept electronics.

Step 3

Print a  shipping label from Give Back Box.

Step 4

Schedule a pick-up with the United States Postal Service (USPS) and place the box on your porch. They will LOVE you for it!

You can even get a tax deduction for your charitable contribution to Give Back Box. Simply create an account, itemize your donation and your receipt will be sent via email.

Want to support a local thrift store? I have a favorite thrift store that I like to support. Skip printing the label, put the box in your car and drop it off! Many stores offer after-hours drop off for convenience.

Have you used Give Back Box or do you have other donation ideas? Tell me about it in the comments below or via @nerdsquawk.