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There are thousands of vacuum cleaners in the United States, and sometimes are no longer needed. The owner might upgrade and purchase a newer model, get one as a present or get married and suddenly have two vacuums in their possession. Luckily, there are a few ways to donate your vacuum and feel good about making a difference.
Easter Seals is one charity organization accepting vacuum cleaner donations. They make sure the vacuum is in working order, make repairs and send it out to a worthy organization, usually in the area where the donator lives. The best time to donate is during the holiday season, October through December, and then again in April or around Easter. That’s when they are most in need of household appliances.
Another option for those wanting to donate a vacuum cleaner is The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army runs thrift stores across the country, with the money raised going to needy individuals. Those who donate items to this organization will receive a tax write off for that calendar year.
The Salvation Army is easy to find due to their large number of stores. Donators can take their vacuum directly to the organization by visiting one of their thrift stores. They usually have a separate area in the back where they’ll go over the items and write out a slip. Alternatively, individuals can call the organization and schedule a pick-up time at their home. This is usually best if they have a lot of other, heavier items. Be aware they’ll only accept vacuums in working condition on the day of the donation.
There are other organizations that accept vacuum cleaner donations, but finding those requires a little more work. During the holiday season, newspapers will often run listings of charities needing things, and it’s important to pay close attention to those looking for household appliances. Some have also had success by simply calling local groups and asking if they could use a working vacuum: Boys and Girls Clubs, homeless shelters, and a lot of other non-profit groups may need them too.
If all else fails, the local newspaper or local online classified ads can be a great resource. Many of these papers and websites have a "free" section where you can list something they want to give away. List a picture of the vacuum, basic information about the model, and contact information such as a phone number or email address.
A similar option is Freecycle. This organization was started as a way to help those who need specific items, and those who have too much stuff. They have clubs around the world, and people simply list their stuff for free on the website. It’s a great way to donate a vacuum cleaner that is no longer needed, but still works. It’s also possible to list non-working models on here, as long as it is mentioned in the ad.
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