Where You Can Donate Your Unwanted, Unneeded Things In Singapore
Do you find yourself in a situation where you have too many unwanted or unnecessary things in your home? What should you do with it?
Ever heard of the saying;
“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”
Just because you have no use for a photo frame, or have simply outgrown your t-shirts, doesn’t mean that you should chuck it down the bin. There are people who are less privileged, and would appreciate having something comfortable to wear. So, instead, donate your stuff ! By doing so, you are helping to improve someone else’s life.
First and foremost, the most easiest and most convenient way is to ask around among your friends and families first. Check with them if they have a need for your unwanted items or even unneeded things. Or if you know that they will like it, you could just gift it to them.
*But of course, you should not donate unwanted stuff when they are not in working condition, as the other party would not be able to utilize it too*
If you have unwanted things that you genuinely wish to donate for a greater cause, here are a couple of places in Singapore where you can donate your unneeded and unwanted items.
Donate via Carousell
There is no simpler way to donate your items, than by simply posting them online via Carousell and pricing it at $0. Drop a short description mentioning that you would like to give away/donate the above aforementioned item and if you prefer for it to be self-collected, or delivered it to them at your convenience. Carousell is a good platform to donate your unwanted things as it is currently one of the most used marketplace apps for goods in Singapore at the moment. Things should not always have a price to it, sometimes the value of giving is so much more fulfilling, knowing that you have done a good deed.
The Salvation Army
Since 1935, The Salvation Army has been making a difference in the lives of Singaporeans, helping the needy without prejudice. Their initiatives have allowed them to reach out to families, children, and the elderly. The Salvation Army has several family stores and donation booths located islandwide where you are able to drop off your second-hand, unwanted or unneeded items there, but make sure that they are of working condition. They would typically accept almost any items donated to them and the money that they make from these thrift stores is given back to the community through donations and charities. Here are their list of family stores and donation booths if you wish to make your donation with them.
H&M Garment Collection
As part of H&M’s sustainability to get involved with the community, they believe that it makes no sense to simply discard clothes which will ultimately contribute to landfills. This ongoing initiative of theirs is a win win situation for both parties as H&M is able to process your unwanted fabric and clothing of ANY brand in ANY condition into three different segments; either to reuse, rewear, or recycle. The good news here is you will be rewarded by H&M with a 15% discount coupon each bag that is being dropped off at their garment collection box near their payment counters.
Metta Welfare Association
METTA, originating from Pali equates to “loving kindness”. Metta is largely known to many as a school for the disabled, but besides providing education to the disabled, they are also providing medical care, hospice, and day activities for those who are in need. This organisation is endorsed and recognised by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF), Ministry of Health (MOH), and the Ministry of Education (MOE). They do also function as a donation drive and would of course welcome donations. As METTA is for those who are disabled, we strongly urge you to donate items that are applicable to the people. Unwanted stuff such as your clothes, shirts, dresses, t-shirts, pants, bags, towels, and toys where people there are able to put it to good use. Drop off point is located at the basement carpark of the METTA building, and to maintain the hygiene and cleanliness of your donated items, you should drop it off in a secured bag so things will not be falling all around.
MINDS (Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore)
MINDS was founded in May 1962 by a group of philanthropists. This non-government organisation has been operating seek to provide equal educational opportunities for kids with intellectual disabilities. Since its inception, they are now running 3 employment development centres, 8 training and development centres, 2 homes for kids and adults, 1 hostel for adults, a caregiver support centre and last but not least, a home-based care service for the disabled. MINDS has currently 4 flagship thrift stores; MINDS SHOP, where you can interact with the disabled as the store is run by some of them. You can pop by one of their stores to donate your unused or unwanted items or if the item is too big such as a sofa or heavy furnitures you can get in touch with them as they will be providing the transportation to collect these items.
Started by the Central Singapore CDC and The Helping Hand, Pass-It-On is a non-profit online platform where they help facilitate furnitures or any items that are unwanted to the underprivileged. Common items such as fans, TV, rice cooker, washing machine, and thermos flasks that are in working condition would be greatly appreciated. Head straight to the Pass-It-On website to find out more and register as a donor as they will require certain details like pick up point, contact description and an image of the donated items. A good avenue to “pass on” your unwanted furniture if you decide to change to a new one in future.
Blessings in a Bag
Last but not least, Blessings in a Bag. This non-profit organization was started by Emily Teng, (2nd from the left in above picture). This charity drive aims to help the less-privileged children living in rural areas in Asia such as Nepal, Burma, Cambodia. By donating unneeded items that may be useful for a kid, Emily and her team will deliver these items over to them personally. Not only do they provide charity services, they also took part in the recent Nepal Earthquake, helping out with disaster relief for the people there. Donate items such as clothes, toys, books, toiletries, school supplies and any other products for kids. Make a difference in the lives of these kids today!