COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Many of us like to go out and take things like old clothes and foods and drop them off so that they can be donated to those in need, but is all of it really being used?
Places like Fresh Start in Coeur d'Alene, a warming house and day center for the homeless, takes many things like food and baby clothes, but they can't use it because they don't have a kitchen and don't allow children to the house.
Experts say that if you want to donate but don't quite know who will accept what, call some of the shelters and ask them what's acceptable and what they can use.
Volunteers with Fresh Start say they will never turn away donations and are grateful for everything they receive, but knowing what to give is a big thing.
Fresh Start say if they do get perishable items, often times workers will go home and make the food and than bring it back to the shelter.
Many of us have things to give, we just need to know who is in need of what we have.