To get you motivated, here's a list of charities in the Chicagoland area affiliated with the site:
Vietnam Vetrans of America
Exclusively dedicated to Vietnam-era vets and their families, the local chapter accepts smaller household items, like toasters, irons, sporting goods, clothes, and more.
Support American veterans and their families with your old clothing and household goods.
Little City Foundation
This local charity aims to provide education, training, and assistance to children with disabilities. They'll take your old books off your hands in quantities of 150 or more.
St. Vincent de Paul Give your clothing, furniture, toys, and more to those less fortunate through this local church organization, which offers person-to-person aid to men, women, and children in need.
Help fund cancer research, patient aid, education, and scholarships with your donations of clothing, bedding, tools, and music.
Howard Brown Health Center
Howard Brown's Brown Elephant resale shops help lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered groups maintain health and research.
Sunlight of the Spirit
This books and gifts shop helps local charities in need.
The largest charity accepting clothing and goods affiliated with Donation Town, the Salvation Army aids everyone from natural-disaster victims to the homeless.
For a full list of all acceptable donations and to schedule your pickup, visit donationtown.org.
Photo Courtesy of the Salvation Army Blog