Donating Items



$pring for $eniors Auction & Dinner – Sunday, September 19th
Please call (206) 297-0403 for more information and a donation form.
This is the main fundraiser for the Center, so all donations are vital and important, and several opportunities are available. Donate new items and gift certificates to your favorite places and activities for our silent and live auctions. Item pickup is available. Our goal is to raise $100,000 for the programs and services of the center. Think about what you, your family, friends, business associates, favorite merchant or restaurant can donate.


The Nifty Thrifty Book Store
Mondays – Fridays, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Visit the growing Bookstore, for your choice of paperbacks, hardbacks, magazines, cassettes, DVDs, and records. The Bookstore is located next to the Dining Hall & Café. People enjoy finding a great book to read. In our new bookstore people are welcome to read and relax in our comfortable couches, and books can be bought to take home. Our Bookstore is run by the wonderful Book Movers Group, and is supplied by fantastic donations from readers like you. Donate your previously read books and know that they will be read and enjoyed.

DONATE Household Items & Clothes

Rummage Sales
Your ‘don’t needs’ are another’s treasure. We succeed because of you! Ballard NW Senior Center accepts gently used rummage items including all articles of clean clothing, shoes, blankets, and bedding, as well as collectibles, jewelry, kitchenware, toys, small appliances, electronics, small furniture, and sporting goods. All items must be in gently used and working condition with no missing pieces. Drop your donation items off outside the Rummage Room on the 2nd Floor. Large rummage pick-ups can be arranged depending on the pick-up area location.

What We Do Not Accept

  1. Broken and damaged items
  2. Items with missing pieces
  3. Underwear
  4. Toiletries and soaps
  5. Liquids and lotions
  6. Complicated electronics (i.e. printers, computers, etc.)
  7. Large pieces of furniture and mattresses
  8. Medical equipment
  9. Commodes and shower seats
  10. Cars and trailers (Accepted through Vehicle Donation)
  11. Items made out of Styrofoam

DONATE Holiday Items

Holiday Bazaar & Bake Sale
Our spectacular Bazaar is in November. Last year many donations of expertly crafted items, such as handmade blankets, aprons, wall hangings and dolls were donated and delighted people who came to shop. Delicious baked goods were made the day of the Bazaar, and the lunch provided in the café was wonderful. People looked through the fantastic holiday items people had donated to the center and bought many of them. This is an important event as it is one of the last fundraisers the Center does each year. Call the Center at (206) 297-0403 for more information.

DONATE Baked Goods

Holiday Bazaar & Bake Sale
Please let us know if you plan to bring “goodies” for us to sell or would like to join a group to come bake items ahead of time for the Holiday Bazaar. Gifts, hand crafted items, Holiday decorations (new & used), and baked goods are welcome. People interested in using our Craft Room to work on projects are welcome. Call the Center (206) 297-0403 for more information.

DONATE Kitchen Supplies

  • Cases of bottled water for events
  • Coffee (ground, regular and decaf) for Morning Café
  • Tea bags (sealed) for Morning Café
  • Monetary donations for new plates and bowls for Community Dining

DONATE Office & Class Supplies

  • White multipurpose printer paper for the office (8.5 x 11, 96 brightness, 20lb paper)
  • All colors of paper for our flyers/posters
  • White business envelopes
  • Large and medium-sized plastic containers with lids
  • Flowers and decorations.
  • The Bead Works Group needs more green beads for their fantastic creations.