Look around you, are you surrounded by clothes and shoes that you’ve never worn more than once? You’re not even sure if that Nike sitting in the corner of the room belongs to you.
Instead of wrapping them up in black trash bags and throwing down the rubbish chute, why not donate to the poor and needy instead?
I’ve personally scouted around for organizations which were willing to accept my clothes, shoes, old laptop but more often that not, they’ll politely decline and instead ask for monetary donations ala NKF!
Below is a list of organisations which DO accept your stuff and then passes them off to the poor and needy;
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army operates a chain of thrift stores which receives donations-in-kind from the public and companies, in turn, resells them at affordable costs. The income generated will go towards supporting The Salvation Army’s social and community programmes.
You may also get in touch with them for collection of bulky items (furniture, beds, washing machines, refrigerators, etc.).
Click here for all thrift store and donation bin locations.
Blessings in a Bag
Blessings in a Bag (founded by part-time 987FM DJ Emily Teng in 2007) is a local, not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation that partners up with orphanages and communities in Asia to set up a range of pick up points where people can drop off item donations at specified locations.
However, it appears there is currently only one drop-off location and they’re seeking the help of stores, companies or organisations that could volunteer a space to serve as a drop-off point in Singapore.
Pass It On
Pass It On is a project supported by Central Singapore Community Development Council, they mainly take in old electrical appliances or furniture and pass them on to those staying at one room flats or those udner the care of voluntary welfare organisations, as long as the items are still in good working condition.
Also, if needed, they will even arrange a pickup from your place. Nice!
Know of any other avenues where Singaporeans can donate stuff?
Feel free to share them in the comments!2010-05-11