How to Donate a Large Screen TVby Tara Dooley
Donating to charities is typically a win-win situation. The charity gets much-needed supplies, money, or labor; you get a warm feeling inside and a tax write off. That being said, it isn't always easy to donate larger items such as furniture, large screen TVs or cars. You might not be able to donate to the charity you want because not all locations have the room or ability to handle these types of things.
Take the TV to a charity retail store such as Goodwill, the Salvation Army or Habitat for Humanity. These stores are set up to sell donated items and use the money to operate the organization and help others. It is best to call ahead to make sure the location takes large items. They might have a separate drop off location for more expensive items such as large screen TVs, cars or furniture.
Donate the TV to an organization that can use it such as a church. Many churches use large screen TVs in auditoriums to aid in sermons or to make certain that everyone can see what is going on. They might also use it in a recreational room designed for the youth of the congregation or sell it in a fundraiser auction or yard sale.
Call a charity that comes into neighborhoods and picks up large items. The Kidney Foundation is one such charity. Goodwill is another. Set the item on the curb in front of your house with a clearly marked tag with the charity's name on it.
Take the large screen TV to an organization such as an abused women's shelter. They might be able to use it in the facility to keep sheltered women and children entertained or give it to a woman who is setting up a new home.
- Make sure to get a receipt for your donation so that you can deduct it on your income taxes. It is also a good idea and a nice gesture to clean the TV by wiping it down before you bring it in. You may be asked to wait while they test it to make sure it works.
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