How to Donate Used Appliances to Charity

Renovating a kitchen or moving can result in a lot of used appliances that aren't needed anymore. One way to make these used appliances useful again is by donating them to charity. Donating to charity frees up space and helps out others in need.

Plug in all appliances and make sure they're still working properly before you donate them. Check that any appliances with accessories or small parts, like food processors or blenders, have all the necessary components and blades.

Clean them out so your donation is sanitary and healthy. Many charities don't have the resources available to wash items that are donated.

Give them where they're needed. Donate your used appliances to the charity that will find them most beneficial. Donate kitchen appliances, like microwaves and toasters, to shelters for women trying to furnish an apartment for themselves and their kids. Donate other appliances, like electric shavers and coffee makers, to veterans' hospitals. Donate universally useful appliances to thrift stores, homeless shelters or free clinics (see Resources below).

Find out what's needed. Talk to the organizers of the charities you're considering to find out what appliances they can really use. If microwaves are in demand, but coffee makers are in plentiful supply, donate surplus appliances elsewhere.

Learn about tax deduction possibilities. You might be able to write off some of your donations on your annual tax returns, depending on the charity that receives your donation and the monetary value of the donation. Ask about this when you donate your used appliances to charity.

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