How to Donate an iPod

This is part of our charitable “How To“ series. Today we are talking about iPod donation. Check back for more charity, donor related instruction!

1. Make sure that the iPod is in good working condition: Find your iPod chord and use it to plug your iPod in to your computer. If you haven’t used your iPod in a while the screen may take a while to light up. Be patient. Set your iPod down and come back to it. If it’s still not showing any signs of life after an hour, you should consider asking a friend or bringing it to a repair shop for a second opinion. 

2.  Prepare iPod for donation: To make this the best donation item possible, your iPod should be fully charged and wiped of all files. To do this you need to click your iPod name under the“Devices” column on the left hand side of your iTunes window. Then click the “Restore” button to restore your iPod back to its original settings. This means all your music, videos, photos, Summa Lovin’ ’08 playlist, will be deleted. Before hitting “Restore” you should be 100% certain you no longer want your old files or can retrieve them from another source.

Included in your iPod donation should be the power chord and a case if you have one. Gently wipe down your iPod to remove any huge fingerprints, smudges, food, etc.

3. Find your item’s home: Whether you have a sentimental attachment to it or not, you should choose a charity that will put your iPod to use. On Zealous Good’s Wishlists page search “by need” and search charities in need of “electronics and accessories.” Almost 50 charities are looking for electronics which includes iPods. CircEsteem, specifically, is looking for an iPod to use in their youth circus performances.

4. Schedule deliveryZealous Good makes it easy to connect to your chosen organization and to schedule the delivery of your donation (either pick up or drop off) that works best for you.

5. Feel good: You’ve donated your iPod, gave it 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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