How do I Donate a Free TV in Massachusetts?by Elton Dunn
Whether you have several old televisions lying around your basement or you upgraded to a larger flat screen and have a gently used televsion, disposing of an old TV in Massachusetts is challenging. The state regulates television disposal, so donating the television is easier than throwing it away. Massachusetts residents can donate the TV locally or give to large state agencies that use TVs. Donating the TV is free and easy. If you obtain a tax receipt, you can deduct it on your tax return.
Wipe the television with a rag to remove dust and dirt. Gather accessories such as a remote control, cord or television manual and place these items in a plastic bag. Tape the bag to your television so it's ready for donation.
Check with senior centers, youth centers, after-school programs and schools in your community to see whether these organizations need a television. If they do, arrange to drop off the TV.
Look out for flyers in the mail advertising charity pickup days. Periodically large organizations send postcards advertising pickup of clothes, appliances and unwanted items. Leave your television outside along with other goods to donate the TV without having to do any work.
Bring the television to a local Salvation Army (see Resources). Drop it off at a thrift store near you or at one of Massachusetts' four rehab centers, located in Worcester, Springfield, Brockton and Saugus. Proceeds from the sale of your television fund rehab programs in the state. The Salvation Army - Massachusetts Division 25 Shawmut Road Canton, MA 02021 339-502-5900 salvationarmy.org
Take the television to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts to support children in need (see Resources). Call 800-483-5503 to arrange a donation, then drop off the free TV during donation hours at the location given. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay 75 Federal Street, 8th Floor Boston, MA 02110-1007 800-483-5503 bbbsmb.org
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