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Okay now I have this tzedaka box sitting in my living room and it's full of coins and crumpled bills. How do I give that to my favorite charity? Or any charity?

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I don't understand what's the question. You just take the coins and give them whoever you want. What do you mean how? –  jutky Sep 7 '11 at 17:27
    
@jutky, suppose my favorite tzedaka doesn't accept coins, or it's not feasible to mail a bunch of coins. –  Shalom Sep 8 '11 at 1:02

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Give it to your synagogue office and let them figure it out? How do they count the coins and bills? How do they get the bank to take it?

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you are supposed to answer the question, not make more questions –  Avraham Sep 7 '11 at 14:15

Take the coins to coinstar, and they'll count it and donate it all (no fee) to your choice of a handful of major charities. None of them are specifically Jewish charities, but that's okay.

Take the bills to the bank, and write a check correspondingly.

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Mail a check for the amount, put the money somewhere in your home, and start replenishing the now-empty tz'daka box....

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If you're willing to count the coins yourself. But then what do you do with the coins, if you don't want to use them as coins? Take them to coinstar and lose a few percent; take them to coinstar and get an amazon gift card; other ideas? –  Shalom Sep 17 '10 at 17:33
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See my answer: you start replenishing the box. –  msh210 Oct 4 '10 at 15:28

If you buy lots of stuff from Amazon:

Take everything to coinstar and buy yourself an amazon gift card. Then write out an equal check.

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I call Colel Chabad. They send someone to my door with a bag for me to pour all the money in. A few weeks later I get a receipt in the mail for my donation.

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About the bills:

Total up the bills. Mail a check to your favorite charity for the amount, then move the bills to your wallet. Later on, the charity will send you a tax receipt.

About the coins:

Dump all the coins into a charity box outside your home. Charities are good at handling large amounts of coins.

If the coins total more than $20, try to hand them directly to a charity employee or gabbai. Unfortunately, some people steal money from charities, including on erev Purim and erev Yom Kippur when there are dozens of collection pans set out on one table.

Tell the charity that you don't need a tax receipt for the coins.

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