How To Donate a Refrigerator to Charity

If you have a refrigerator that you need to get rid of, consider donating it to charity. If you bought a replacement, the delivery service can remove your old unit for you. However, if you have a spare one taking up space in the garage or yard, it makes sense to give it away to someone who can use it.

  • Determine the condition of the refrigerator. It is easier to give something to a charity if it is in good working order since it can be used immediately. If it is no longer working, you may have to consider other options.
  • Contact your local Goodwill or Salvation Army. You can get their phone number from their website, or check your local yellow pages. Ask if they are accepting donations at this time. If so, arrange for a free pick up of the refrigerator. You may want to include other big and bulky items to donate so it will be worthwhile for the organization to make the trip, such as other appliances like an old washer and dryer.
  • Check the donation guidelines of other charities. Each organization has its own guidelines regarding donated items. If you have a particular charity in mind, go to the website and read the instructions indicated. You may also call the local chapter of the organization directly to arrange for your donation pick up.
  • Contact your church. Check with the office or the community services outreach program head if they can make use of an old refrigerator. Perhaps the church can use it in their feeding program, or pass it on to someone in the congregation who needs it. The church may also be able to refer you to other organizations in the area that may benefit from your donation, such as a local shelter, soup kitchen or other program.
  • Give to Habitat for Humanity. This organization makes homes for the needy and is supported by donations and volunteer work. If your refrigerator is in good working condition and is in need of a new home, donate it to this worthwhile group. They will arrange for the pick up of the item to be placed in one of the new homes they have built for a needy family in the community.
  • Consider recycling. If you can find a charity to give your old refrigerator to, you may need to dispose of it properly. Guidelines vary per states so check the website for more information. You may hold on to the appliance until you get a city notice of an ecycle event in your area. An ecycle encourages homeowners to donate old electronics and appliances. These are picked up on a designated date to be recycled and properly disposed of. Another organization that handles old appliances such as refrigerators is the Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc. (ARCA). This group collects old appliances from proper waste disposal. You may also try the customer service number of the appliance manufacturer, who may be able to dispose of your old unit for you.

Donating a refrigerator may not be as easy as donating cash, but it’s still a worthwhile endeavor. Take the time to find out ways you can help someone with your donation. If you find a charity, the donation can be tax deductible and you know that you are helping someone out.


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