Clothing & Shoes that Make a Difference: 14 Places to Donate Pre-loved Clothes, Books & Shoes in Singapore
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It’s that time of the year again! Spring cleaning will definitely reveal stuff that you no longer use or need. Think twice before you trash these unwanted goods. Donating your pre-loved goods is a great way to make a difference in the lives of the less privileged, while reducing the strain on the environment and even on your purse strings through clothing swaps. Singapore has quite a few organizations that will help you with your clothing, books and shoes donations.
So give a new lease of life to your unwanted pre-loved goods and brighten up someone else’s day. Our guide lists 14 places where you can donate your gently used clothes, shoes, books and even household appliances and furniture.
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Babes supports pregnant teenagers, by proactively providing information and community resources that facilitate responsible decision making. If you have baby clothes or other baby realted items to donate, through Babes, you can donate them to pregnant teenagers & new moms unable to support themselves.
Donate: All items related to babies including Breast Pumps. The items in great demand are Formula Milk Stage 1 & 2, diapers, slings, carriers and baby wash 2 in 1. They also accept Baby clothing in mint condition (for NB to 2 yeras old).
Location: Email them at [email protected] to arrange for donations at their office at 26 Jalan Klinik, #01-42/52, Singapore 160026.
Blessings in a Bag
For the last 10 years, Blessings in a Bag has been spreading smiles by collecting and distributing donations across South East Asia. They recently won the Kampong Spirit Category for 2018 President’s Volunteerism &
Philanthropy Awards (PVPA). They accept most items including clothes, shoes and books. Some of these are sold at their Beyond Awesome Shop, proceeds from which go towards their programs. Unsuitable items are sold at their Jumble Sales.
Donate: Clothes, shoes and books. For updated drop off locations and timing, and for a list of articles they currently require, read here.
Location: Blessings In A Bag, 315 Outram Road, #08-06A Tan Boon Liat Building, Singapore.
Since 2012, as a part of Project Dignity, Dignity Mama Stalls have been run by young adults with special needs and their parents. They accept books and varied brand new items. All these are sold at reasonable prices and the proceeds are used towards supporting the disadvantaged and disabled.
Donate: Pre-Loved Books
Location: Dignity Mama Drop-off locations – NUH; Ng Teng Fong Hospital; Dignity Kitchen @ Blk 267 Serangoon Ave 3, #02-02, Singapore 550267. More information and addresses here.
Seeking to double the percentage of recycled textiles by 2020, from 7% to 14%, Greensquare provides free textile recycling services in Singapore to households and organizations. They even offer free collection service for a minimum of 10 kg donation. So you can combine your lot with that of neighbours to be eligible for doorstep pickup. Greensquare’s collected recyclables are sold to second-hand textile importers in various developing countries, which supports their business model of providing free collection services and educational activities to corporates, schools and even condos.
Donate: Clean clothes (including those with defects), clean household linen, accessories (like belts and bags), shoes
Location: Greensquare has 7 drop-off points as well including at United Square, Tanglin Mall, OneKM Mall, Westgate, Waterway Point. For complete list of locations with adddresses, check here.
With many outlets all over Singapore, there’s no excuse to trash your old worn-out clothing. H&M accepts any clothes, in any condition. They recycle all clothes and sort them into what can be worn again into Rewear, what can be turned to other products such as dusters into Reuse and what can be turned into insulation fibre into Recycle. And you get a 15% discount voucher for every bag you drop.
Donate: Clothes in any condition
Location: At any H&M store islandwide. You can view a complete list of stores here.
HOME (Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics) supports migrant workers through Welfare, Empowerment and Advocacy. They accept donations of women’s clothes, and a host of other articles.
Donate: Women’s clothing, unopened food, toiletries, craft items such as sewing machines, paints and drawing materials
Location: Donations in kind can be dropped off to their shelter. For Donations Enquiries, contact [email protected]. P +65 6344 0224 / +65 6344 0232
Image Mission Ltd, Singapore, is a charity that is a part of the international non-profit “Dress for Success”. It accepts work clothes, neutral coloured bags and low heeled office shoes, but it is still advisable to check their website for what they are currently accepting. You can drop the donations, that must be in good condition, by appointment, at their address. They sell these pre-loved and new clothes, the proceeds from which help empower underprivileged women look for employment. *Currently closed for clothes donations, check their website for updates.
Donate: Pre-loved work clothes that are suitable for job interviews
Location: By appointment only at Image Mission, 6 Ubi Road 1, #04-11 Wintech Centre, Singapore. P: +65 6747 6510
Metta Welfare Association
Metta Welfare Association has onboard a recycling organization, Mother Earth, that is in sync with its philosophy of ‘waste not’. They accept wearable and usable clothes and books, among other things. The collected items are exchanged for donations by matching the weight. They encourage you to put all items in a plastic bag to keep the donations hygienic.
Donate: Clothing (men, women and children), electronics, groceries, books
Location: Metta Welfare Association’s Collection Bin, Basement Carpark, Metta Building, 32 Simei Street 1, Singapore 529950. P: +65 6580 4688
MINDS is one of the largest and oldest Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWO) in Singapore serving some 2,400 persons with intellectual disability, with special education and care services. They also run 4 MINDS Shops, all sales proceeds from these go to MINDS trainees as allowance.
Donate: Clothing, accessories, baby & kids items, bags, shoes, electronics, appliances, furniture etc. You can view the complete list of recommended donation items here.
Location: MINDS Shops at Margaret, Woodlands, Rosyth, NTUC Healthcare @ Redhill. For addresses check here.
New2U Thrift Shop (SCWO)
New2U is a thrift shop that sells pre-loved clothing, ornaments, accessories, household goods, books and toys. All donations received are sold at their thrift shops for as low as S$1. They have various offers such as everything at half price on last 2 working days of each month and Student half price day every Tuesday. All monetary collections are used towards their Star Shelter and Singapore Council of Women’s Organizations (SCWO) initiatives.
Donate: Clothes (men, women, and children), books & toys, bags & accessories, shoes, crockery & utensils
Location: New2U, 96 Waterloo Street, Singapore. P: +65 6837 0611
Pass-It-On is a non-profit project that lets you donate your unwanted but usable items to the less fortunate through Voluntary Welfare Organizations (VWOs) like Family Service Centres and Senior Citizen Centres. Items requested by registred VWOs are posted on an online ‘Wish List‘. You can grant a wish by donating a requested item on the wishlist, or you can post your items on their website and these will be channeled to VWO’s as needed.
Donate: Home appliances, furniture, medical aids, mobility aids (like wheelchairs), learning aids etc.
Have a wardrobe full of clothes but can’t find anything to wear? Swapaholic is just for you! A platform for responsible shopping, Swapaholic is a clothing and accessory swap that helps declutter and refresh your wardrobe; without hurting your wallet or the planet. If you have dropped or gained a few sizes and don’t fit into your old clothes, you can swap them with someone who will happily trade those for theirs’. Find out how the swaps work at http://www.swapaholicevents.com/handbook.php.
Swap: Clothes and accessories in excellent condition
Location: Varies. Register for a Swapaholic event at www.swapaholicevents.com/register, drop-off your items before the event and then attend the event to swap till you drop.
Ten Feet Tall
Ten Feet Tall is where you can do some good while buying school shoes. They make the shoe-shopping experience very sensitised as they ask shoppers to bring in their old school shoes and trainers for donation to underprivileged children in Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam and India. Each donated pair is polished and packed, and sent with a handwritten note from your child to the next. They accept donations year round at their Holland Village store and they also have regular “Kick off your school shoes” events at International schools at the end of the academic years.
Donate: School shoes, trainers and football boots in good condition with the soles intact
Location: #02-16 Holland Road Shopping Centre, 211 Holland Avenue, Singapore 278967. P: +65 6493 7244
The Salvation Army
Serving the less fortunate in Singapore since 1935, the Salvation Army helps without discrimination across ages, races and religions. They welcome donations in the form of gently used pre-loved items or new items at any of their Donations In Kind booths, which are retailed at their Family Stores across Singapore. They accept clothing and books among other items. If you wish for them to collect the donations from your place, they appeal for a S$60 per collection. Uplift Project Singapore has regular collection drives, which you’ll get firsthand news of on their Facebook page.
Donate: Clothes, shoes, books, furniture, electronics, toys, household goods
Location: At various locations that you can look up here. P: +65 6555 0188
Uplift Project Singapore
Ladies, if you have any pre-loved bras that you no longer need, please consider donating them for a good cause. For many women in the developing world, bras can be unavailable or unaffordable. The Uplift Project aims to help these women, they work with various organizations (like Red Cross and YWCA) to send used & new bras worldwide to the needy. *Note: Bras collection is not ongoing but they have collection drives from time to time. https://www.facebook.com/UpliftProjectSingapore/
Donate: Used and new bras
Location: Be informed of the next collection drive by staying connected with their Facbeook page at https://www.facebook.com/UpliftProjectSingapore/.