Thrift stores operated by the American Council of the Blind will accept your common household items and put them to good use, helping visually impaired people.
From their website, their mission is:
The American Council of the Blind strives to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and quality of life, for all blind and visually impaired people.
Here are their current locations:
Amarillo, TX (806) 418-2379
Amarillo, TX store 2: (806) 371-7707
Dearborn Heights, MI: (313) 551-4768
Knoxville, TN: (865) 688-5884
Louisville, KY: (502) 447-4940
Lubbock, TX: (806) 762-1453
Milwaukee, WI: (414) 302-5123