Donating regular household and adult items to charities is a breeze when seeking to secure a tax write-off. Unfortunately, when trying to donate baby items, the goodwill often wears off at the mere mention of the words "used" and "baby items" in the same breath. Due to the myriad of baby-item recalls and malfunctions, charities often shy away from accepting used baby items. Taking the time to research charities before seeking to donate will add a sense of goodwill instead of frustration.
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Wash all fabrics, clothing, baby bootees, etc., in hot water to sanitise the items before donating. Boil any bottles and thoroughly allow them to dry. Scrub all toys with a bleach and hot-water combination. When washing clothing, use detergents that are unlikely to cause rashes to purchasers or create shrinkage in the items.
Select only the items to donate that are in good condition and do not have any sharp edges. Place selected items in clear plastic bags to differentiate the items when transporting to any donation centre. Since donation centres may choose to not accept certain items, being able to see the items though the bags will allow for a faster donation drop-off.
Locate a donation centre or other charity to donate the baby items. Performing an online search with different keywords such as "baby items needed," "donation centre," or any other topic-related search will produce a variety of charities and even advertisements from other parents seeking free baby items.
Call the donation centre to inquire about the requirements to donate your baby items. Be sure to write down each item that is unacceptable. Though one donation centre may not accept an item, another centre will gladly accept it (provided the condition is fair and the item is clean). Schedule a time and date to drop off the items.
Request a donation receipt, if available, from the organisation. Charities, which are considered non-profit status, will allow you to write the donation amount off on your tax return.
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