If you will soon be updating your kitchen, you may be wondering what to do with your old appliances. Instead of tossing them into a landfill, or allowing them to sit unused in a garage, why not donate them instead? There are many organizations that would be thrilled to have your used appliances, and it’s a simple way to help someone less fortunate. Plus, it may just qualify as a tax deduction for you!
The only difficult thing about donating appliances is deciding which charity or organization to give it to. There are so many good people who need a little help, and they would all be thrilled to have the things you can no longer use. Don’t know how to donate old appliances? Try contacting any of the following:
Habitat for Humanity – Your old appliances could make a difference in the life of someone less fortunate. Visit the Habitat for Humanity website to find out how, or contact them at 1-800-HABITAT.
American Council for the Blind – Help the blind and visually impaired gain independence by donating appliances to the ACB (American Council for the Blind). Visit their website or contact them at 1-800-866-3242 for more information.
St. Vincent De Paul – This organization has thrift stores all over the United States, offering help to millions of people each year. To find out more about donating, visit their website or contact your local Catholic Church to find out if there is a St. Vincent De Paul near you.
The Salvation Army – The Salvation Army has thrift stores all across the country and do a great deal to help the less fortunate. To find out more about how to donate used appliances through this organization, visit their website or schedule a pickup (1-800-SA-TRUCK).
Soup kitchen – Your local soup kitchen will use your used appliances to serve a hot meal to someone less fortunate. Visit the Homeless Shelter Directory to find out where a soup kitchen is located near you.
Battered women’s shelter – Abused women can find a safe haven at the local women’s shelter, which will oftentimes lead to relocating to a permanent residence. Due to the nature of this organization, you will likely have to contact your local police department to get information on how to contact them to get information on how to make a donation.
Homeless shelter – Another great way to donate used appliances is through a local homeless shelter. Visit the Homeless Shelter Directory to find out where one is located near you.
Excess Access – If you’re always on the go and simply don’t have the time to spend searching through each organization, Excess Access offers a simple solution. Head over to their website and begin listing the appliances you want to donate. Then, Excess Access will cross-check the information with wish lists from organizations and charities. From there, they will instruct you how to make contact to schedule a donation. Pretty easy, huh?
Please remember that in order to donate used appliances, they must be in good working order. Non operational units, units with visible rust or other damage, or unsafe appliances will not be accepted.
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