Donations

Boomerangs needs your donations to continue to support and provide critical funding to AIDS Action in partnership with Fenway Health. Together, this partnership serves to enhance the wellbeing of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community through health care, education, research and advocacy. All proceeds from Boomerangs directly helps fund work to prevent new HIV infections and improve the lives of thousands of people already living with HIV/AIDS in Massachusetts.

Donations are 100% tax-deductible and receipts are available upon request.

All donations should be free of mildew, smoke, or pet odor, especially clothing, furniture and curtains.

Please read through our lists of items we need and items we don’t accept. Click here for information on when you can drop off donations at each store.

Schedule Furniture Pick-up

Thank you for choosing to donate to Boomerangs In support of AIDS Action Committee!

Before getting started, please take note of some important information regarding furniture pickups. These guidelines are in place to help us maximize financial support of AIDS Action’s programs and services.

What we accept:

• All furniture must be in clean, good condition with minimal wear. Upholstered items must be free of rips, stains, tears, cat scratching, fading, and pet/smoke/mildew odor.

• All furniture is subject to approval by staff upon arrival.

• Large pieces of furniture are difficult for us to sell. When selecting furniture items to donate, please be mindful of the items we do not accept which are marked in red on the form. Some examples of items we cannot accept include:

** Sleeper/sofa couches
** TV armoires/Entertainment Centers
** Bedframes, mattresses, futons, futon mattresses
** Large china hutches
** Applicances (Ovens, Refridgerators, etc.)

* For a more comprehensive list of what we can accept please click HERE.

 

NOTES ON USING THE SELF-SCHEDULING SYSTEM

• Our furniture truck performs pickups in the Greater Boston area on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

• Appointments are scheduled up to 30 days in advance, with a typical wait time of 3-4 weeks. If you receive a message stating “all available dates for this address are already booked,” it means that all slots have been filled over the next 30 days in your zone/neighborhood.

• There is a 2 item minimum for appointments to be scheduled.

• Pickups are performed on 1st and 2nd floors (1 flight); anything above the 2nd floor must have an elevator with adequate space to move the pieces.

• Unfortunately, due to our lean staffing, we are unable to book furniture pickups over the phone.

IF YOU ARE A CORPORATE DONOR: Please contact our Corporate Donor Outreach Manager at ttidwell@fenwayhealth.org.

All residential requests must go through this website.

We have switched to a new scheduling platform in our ongoing effort to serve you better. Have feedback about it? We’d love to hear from you – email donatetoboomerangs@fenwayhealth.org

What We Do and Don’t Accept

Acceptance of all donations is subject to in-person inspection and approval by our staff. An item may be declined if it presents a health or safety hazard, if we think it’s unlikely to sell, or if we happen to have run out of space.

CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES

We do take

  • Clean clothes in good condition
  • Shoes
  • Accessories
  • Jewelry
  • Bras

We don’t take

  • Items with mildew, mothball, smoke, or pet odor
  • Used underwear and socks

 

LINENS

We do take

  • Aprons
  • Tablecloths and runners
  • Placemats and doilies
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Napkins
  • Oven mitts
  • Curtains

We don’t take

  • Bedding
  • Sheets
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Pillow cases
  • Towels
  • Dishcloths and dish towels

MEDIA

We do take

  • Books
  • Records
  • VHS
  • Cassette tapes
  • Comics

We don’t take

  • Magazines
  • Periodicals
  • Encyclopedias
  • Moldy/mildewed books
  • Video Games

 

FURNITURE

We do take

  • Most household furniture in good condition – Please read our exceptions

We don’t take

  • Stained, discolored, scratched, ripped, soiled, moldy/mildewed, smelly, broken, incomplete, or otherwise damaged items
  • Beds – including mattresses, box springs, and frames, futons, sleeper sofas, cribs, and other items intended for sleeping in/on
  • Very large/heavy items – including all pianos and most china cabinets, wall units, large desks, and TV armoires
  • Obsolete/outdated items – including items in very out-of-fashion styles, TV armoires, and china cabinets
  • Office furniture – including large desks and medium/large filing cabinets
  • Built-in fixtures – including cabinetry

 

ELECTRONICS

We do take

  • Clean, working household electronics
  • Flat-panel TVs
  • Audio equipment
  • Lamps
  • Fans
  • Small kitchen appliances
  • Power tools

We don’t take

  • Broken or dirty items
  • Tube/projection TVs and CRT monitors
  • Computers and printers
  • Items with filters: Vacuums, Air conditioners, Dehumidifiers, Air purifiers
  • Built-in fixtures – including hard-wired sconces, overhead lights, and fans
  • Large appliances – such as ovens and full-size refrigerators

 

HOME DECOR

We do take

  • Framed mirrors
  • Artwork
  • Knickknacks
  • Collectables
  • Rugs no larger than 8’ x 10’
  • Throw pillows

We don’t take

  • Unframed mirrors
  • Rugs larger than 8’ x 10’
  • Custom-fit window treatments

 

INFANT AND CHILD ITEMS

We do take

  • Clothes for infants and children
  • Toys if new in box
  • Children’s furniture

We don’t take

  • Baby items – including strollers, car seats, cribs, playpens, changing tables, baby bottles, etc.
  • Used toys, puzzles, and board games

 

EVERYTHING ELSE

We do take

  • Tools
  • New toiletries

We don’t take

  • Opened toiletries
  • Food
  • Building materials and used paint
  • Most exercise and sports equipment, including skis, golf clubs, exercise bikes, and treadmills
  • Medical supplies
  • Hazardous materials, including items containing fuel (kerosene, gasoline, propane, etc.) or toxic chemicals

 

Boomerangs necesita sus donaciones para continuar ayudando y proveyendo importante financiamiento a AIDS Action en colaboración con Fenway Health. Juntos, colaboramos para mejorar el bienestar de la comunidad lesbiana, gay, bisexual y transgénero por medio de la atención médica, la educación, la investigación y el apoyo. Todas lo recaudado de Boomerangs ayuda directamente a financiar el trabajo para prevenir nuevas infecciones de VIH y mejorar las vidas de miles de personas que ya viven con VIH/SIDA en Massachusetts.

Las donaciones son 100% deducibles de impuestos y los recibos están disponibles si lo solicita.

Todas las donaciones deben estar libres de olor a moho, humo o mascotas, especialmente la ropa, los muebles y las cortinas.

Lea atentamente las listas de los artículos que necesitamos y los artículos que no aceptamos. Haga clic aquí para obtener información sobre cuándo puede llevar sus donaciones a cada tienda.

NECESITAMOS

  • Ropa
  • Muebles
  • Libros
  • Discos
  • Joyería
  • Cintas de casetes
  • VHS
  • Videojuegos
  • Artículos de cocina
  • Obras de arte
  • Objetos coleccionables
  • Cortinas
  • Manteles
  • Dispositivos electrónicos*
  • Televisores**
  • Accesorios***

*Los dispositivos electrónicos con filtros plantean temas sobre sanidad y seguridad en los clientes que compran artículos usados. No aceptamos aires acondicionados, aspiradoras, purificadores de aire u otros artículos con filtros

 **Solo se aceptan televisores fabricados en los últimos 5 años; no se aceptarán televisores de más de cinco años

**Se aceptan accesorios, pero no artículos personales como ropa interior, pijamas y medias

 

 DON’T’s

  • Equipos médicos, deportivos o de ejercicio (organización alternativa: Fitness for Charity)
  • Camas (incluidos colchones, colchones inflables, estructuras de cama, cabeceras de cama, futones, sofás cama, etc.) (organización alternativa: Craigslist o Free Cycle)
  • Computadoras e impresoras (organización alternativa: Earth911)
  • Aspiradoras (organización alternativa: Earth911)
  • Revistas (organización alternativa: guarderías, iglesias o consultorios locales)
  • Periódicos (organización alternativa: guarderías o iglesias locales)
  • Enciclopedias (organización alternativa: guarderías o iglesias locales)
  • Artículos de higiene personal (organización alternativa: Youth on Fire | Teléfono: 617.661.2508)
  • Comida (organización alternativa: Greater Boston Food Bank | Teléfono: 617.427.5200)
  • Sábanas (organización alternativa: MSPCA Angell | Teléfono: 617.522.5055)
  • Almohadas (organización alternativa: Craigslist or Free Cycle) — se aceptan almohadones decorativos.
  • Toallas (organización alternativa: MSPCA Angell | Teléfono: 617.522.5055
  • Electrodomésticos grandes (cocinas, refrigeradores, etc.) (organización alternativa: Boston Building Resource Center | Teléfono: 617.442.2262)
  • Juguetes usados (incluidos rompecabezas y juegos de mesa) (organización alternativa: guarderías, iglesias o consultorios locales)
  • Artículos para bebés (cochecitos, asientos para automóviles, cunas, corralitos, cambiadores, biberones, etc.) (organización alternativa: Free Cycle)