How to Donate Kitchen Items

This is part of our charitable “How To“ series. Today we are talking about how to donate kitchen items. Check back for more charity, donor related instruction!

What kitchen items will you donate?

1. Figure out what kitchen items you have to donate: The “kitchen items” category includes a variety of stuff. There are the plug-in products like microwaves, toasters, blenders or mini fridges. Then there are the pots and pans, dishes and mugs, cooking utensils, etc.

2. Prepare your cooking items for donation: For the plug-in products, jot down any notes on their working condition. Do the microwave buttons have to be pressed hard? Does a setting on the blender no longer work? You’ll want to note these in the description section of your donation.

Thoroughly clean and wipe down all items. For safety reasons, pots and pans that have been severely scratched, chipped and/or the teflon has flaked off should be tossed out and recycled. For tips on how to care for nonstick pans check out this Good Housekeeping article.

3. Find your food item’s home:  Begin your search by creating a profile on Zealous Good and writing a brief description of your kitchen item. Then we’ll do the heavy lifting. We’ll find out what charities need your kitchen item and email you your options. You can research the charities we send you by clicking on their Zealous Good charity page and exploring their home site.

Many charities are in need of kitchen items including Friends of the Bessemer Bears, Child Link, Facing Forward to End Homelessness, Matthew House, Inc., and Street Level Youth Media.

4Schedule delivery: At Zealous Good we provide you with the contact information and tools to schedule the donation drop off or pick up directly with the charity. You’re almost there! Don’t give up!

 5. Feel good: You’ve found kitchen items to donate, chose a loving home, and got it where it needs to be. It’s not everyday you make a difference in someone’s life. And don’t stop here! Now that you’ve got the tools there’s nothing to stop you from regularly donating and doing good!

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