Where to Donate a Television

Saturday-morning cartoons have been with us for more than half a century. Let that soak in. We’ve been waking up at the crack of dawn to watch cartoons for more than 50 years! As time has progressed, we’ve become increasingly more absorbed into television with new addicting shows like Breaking Bad or Suits to the point where Nielsen has reported that more than half the homes in the U.S. have three or more televisions. If you happen to be one of those homes and don’t use that extra, older television, consider donating it and making a difference!

Televisions, like a lot of electronics, are incredibly finicky so here’s a short checklist for you to run through to ensure that your donation is properly received:

  1. Does it work? This seems like an incredibly basic question, but if your TV doesn’t turn on, then it’s not going to be accepted. Plug it in for a sec and give it a quick whirl to make sure that it’s still in working condition.
  2. Is there image burn-in? If your TV is a bit older (i.e. CRT or plasma), then your screen might be left with a burned-in image that you should be able to see, even with the screen turned off. Depending on the severity of the burn-in, it might not be a big deal, but you should still check just in case.
  3. Are any of the cords frayed? Exposed cords are incredibly dangerous but really easy to remedy; a small snippet of electrical tape can fix that up perfectly and give the user peace of mind when handling the TV.

If you’ve made it to the end of the checklist without any cause for concern, then you should be all set to donate! If you’re located in Chicago, donating your TV is as easy as heading over to Zealous Good and listing your item. If you’re not in the Chicagoland area, here are a number of suggestions for you to consider when thinking about where to donate:


Donating your used television could be as easy as driving it over to your local public school! Make sure to call beforehand and check with their A/V department to see if they would benefit from another television. If you’re not sure about the information for your local public school, use this directory to find more information about schools around you.


Homeless shelters provide food and home for those that have little but the clothes on their backs, but many lack a source of entertainment for those staying there. Consider contacting your local shelter to see if they accept TVs. For reference, check out this directory to find the nearest shelter to you.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has been doing outstanding work for more than a century and should always be considered a strong option for donating. You can drop off your television at a local Salvation Army location or schedule a pick up. Check out their site to either schedule a pick up or find the nearest location to drop off your television.

Always remember that it’s not hard to make a difference in someone’s life! Donate!

Kevin Jun is a 2014 summer marketing intern at Zealous Good, an in-kind donations marketplace in Chicago. You can find Kevin on Google+ or Zealous Good on Facebook and Zealous Good on Twitter at @ZealousGood.



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