Its the season of Spring Cleaning in the homes of many as the year of the monkey is close approaching. This year, instead of throwing your unwanted goods out, why not give it away? There are tons of charity stores that are in need of items to pass on to the needy, or to sell at their respective thrifts stores for funding. From clothes and books, to even your used undergarments, here’s a list of charities that you can do good with this upcoming Lunar New Year:
1. The Salvation Army
Goods donated to The Salvation Army are processed by their social enterprise arm, Red Shields Industries. Their job helps ensure that the donated items are in a good enough condition to retail at their family thrift stores located across the island.
- Kitchen Utensils
- Small House Appliances
- Electrical and Electronic Items
In lieu of the overwhelming donations received for the coming Lunar New Year, The Salvation Army has also opened a drive thru donation booth at their Tanglin Road outlet.
Address: 356 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247674 (Beside No 1 Kay Siang Road and opposite Grace Assembly of Church/ Crescent Girls School)
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10am – 6pm and Friday – Saturday, 10am – 9pm
2. Dignity Mama
Dignity Mama allows parents with intellectually/ physically challenged children an opportunity to work together and run a business in the form of a secondhand bookstore. Books donated here help sustain these stores that give and equip children with disabilities the chance to stand on their own two feet.
- Management Books
- Art & Craft Books
Before donating, please ensure that the items are in a presentable enough state to be sold to members of the public
Address: 1 Lower Kent Ridge Road #01-39, One @ Kent Ridge, Singapore 119082
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 1100 – 1900
3. Dress For Success
Following their mission to empower women to achieve economic independence, Dress For Success is looking for clothes to pass on to a lesser privileged woman to wear for job interviews. They believe that the right outfit can give a woman the confidence to enter or return to the workplace, and make a great first impression to land a job that could change her life.
- Interview and Work Appropriate Dresses
- Interview and Work Appropriate Tops (Jackets, Blouses, Blazers, Cardigans/ Sweaters)
- Interview and Work Appropriate Bottoms (Skirts/ Pants)
- Interview and Work Appropriate Shoes
- Interview and Work Appropriate Accessories (Jewelry, Belts, Shawls/ Scarves)
- Handbags (Briefcases, Portfolios or Work Appropriate Bags)
Address: 8 Burn Road #11-05, Trivex Singapore, Singapore 369977
Opening Hours: By appointment only. Call +65 65093471
4. MINDS Shop
With 5 thrift stores under their name, the MINDS Shop serves as an avenue for their intellectually disabled clients to interact with customers. Their stores are home to a wide range of products, from furnitures to apparel that all deserve a new lease of life.
- Small Furniture
- Household Items
Before donating, please ensure that all items are in a usable, good condition.
Address: MINDS Shop @ Margaret, 800 Margaret Drive, Singapore 149310
Opening Hours: Monday to Wednesday, 1000 – 1500.
5. Pass It On
Pass It On allows donators and receivers alike to post items that they would like to give or receive on the website’s home page. Their aim is to provide a meaningful way to distribute unwanted, albeit useful items to benefit the needy.
- Home Appliances
- Home Furniture
- Medical Aids
- Mobility Aids
- Learning Aids
To donate, add your items to the list and wait for someone to contact you.
6. Uplift in Bras
Intimate garments such as bras are something that Singaporeans tend to take for granted. However, many women in third world countries are unable to afford bras, and often go most of their lives without. Here come Uplift in Bras, a charity organisation that collects your old bras to send to various NGOs and support groups. These organisations will in turn will distribute the items to underprivileged ladies and disadvantaged communities.
- Any style bras
- Nursing, maternity or breastfeeding bras
- Mastectomy bras – with or without prosthesis/ gel/ etc.
- Nursing pads – disposables or reusables
Please ensure that bras are relatively clean and not torn with clasps broken, and are meant for daily wear.
To donate, email [email protected] for the donation address, or whatsapp +65 82561848 for more information.
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