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15 GREAT Places To Donate Your Used Items In Singapore

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Declutter and do good.

Whether you’re moving around the block or around the globe soon – or just doing a big circuit-breaker-inspired cleaning purge – why not donate your old belongings to these volunteer organisations and causes in Singapore?

Note: Because of social distancing measures due to the Covid-19 pandemic, some donation procedures may have changed and some organisations may not be accepting donations during this time. Please inquire with the individual organisations to see if, when and how you can give their pre-loved items.

1. Feed the hungry

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Have items in your pantry you’re not going to use? The Food Bank Singapore will take it. Founded in 2012, the organisation aims to be a centralised coordinating body in SG that collects surplus food; offer access and knowledge to cheaper sources of food; find alternative and creative ways of maximising excess food; and of course, donate food to almost 100,000 people each month through a network of approximately 200 charities, soup kitchens, and the like.

Most useful donations: “Any foods in good condition and not expired or opened,” says Nichol Ng, co-founder. But don’t feel like you need to run out and buy anything new. “We prefer that the food comes from homes where people are moving or relocating so it’s being put to good use.”

How to donate:
If you wish to donate, you can drop off your cans and boxes of uneaten goodies at its Bank Boxes located all over the island (currently, you cannot donate directly to its warehouse). You can also consider donating funds to help those in most need during the Covid situation.

2. Donate baby supplies

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Pregnancy can be challenging even for those with support. Imagine being a teenager who also has to deal with society’s often negative reaction. Babes Crisis Pregnancy Support works with pregnant youths aged 21 and below as well as the parents of these youths, to advocate for a more inclusive society, “where pregnant teenagers do not feel marginalised or estranged,” says Siti Fatimah, Community Partnership Executive.

It reaches out and offers help to pregnant teenagers in two primary ways: Through case management, where it works with the teenager to facilitate with family, friends and the wider community for support, and community integration, where it invites the community to help the organisation and take an active interest in advocating for support for affected teenagers.

You can choose to help either through cash or in-kind donations, or even as a volunteer. And if you are in need of some advice yourself or know someone who does, try its 24-hour toll-free helpline (8111 3535).

Most useful donations: Milk powder (for 0-2 years of age), diapers and grocery vouchers. Free collection is possible.

How to donate:
Because it has a small storeroom and the needs of service users vary, please email Zeenat at hello@babes.org.sg to discuss your proposed donation in kind.

3. Offload almost anything for good

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The Salvation Army will take away all your unwanted things in usable condition and sell them at super-low prices at multiple Family Stores across the island. Since 1935, the organisation has been raising money for the poor and less privileged families, especially in areas of nursing and rehabilitation, and for children’s homes such as Gracehaven and The Haven.

Most useful donations: You name it — clothes, furniture, household goods, electronic devices, toys and books!

How to donate:
All items can be dropped off at its Donation In Kind Booths found at eight locations in SG. In normal times, it also picks up bulky items like furniture and big appliances for an optional $60. Ask for a collection note upon pick up and receive an official non-tax deductible receipt in the mail.

Or, if you’d like to buy donated items instead (every cent counts!), visit any of its 5 Family Stores after they are allowed to reopen.

4. Help foreign workers

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Set up in 2004, the Humanitarian Organization of Migration Economics (HOME) protects the rights of migrant workers against crimes such as human trafficking and forced labour. “We help domestic workers and those from the shipbuilding and construction industries with issues ranging from overwork and inadequate food, to physical or psychological abuse and forced repatriation,” says Jo-Anne Aeria, Director, Partnerships and Communications.

Guided by the three pillars of welfare, empowerment and advocacy, HOME works with government bodies, corporations and community agencies to promote values of justice, equality and inclusion. It also provides shelter, legal aid, food and vocational courses for migrant workers, and has help desks and hotlines for Burmese workers, Filipino domestic workers, Indonesian domestic workers and other migrant workers (find the locations and numbers here).

Most useful donations: Household items such as detergents, food items and toiletries. Staffers may also benefit from desktops, laptops, household appliances and healthcare equipment.

How to donate:
Find out how to do so here. You can also contact Deshi Gill at deshi.gill@home.org.sg for donation enquiries.

5. Pass along clothes

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Need an even better reason to clean out your closet? Your castoffs can clothe women and children who are victims of family violence. The Singapore Council of Women’s Organizations (SCWO) Star Shelter is Singapore’s only secular crisis centre that provides a safe and temporary refuge. “We also empower victims to rebuild their lives free from violence,” says Amanda Ho, Programmes Manager.

Established in 1980 as the National Coordinating body of women’s organisations in SG, SCWO’s Star Shelter service requires regular donations of food items and household items (specifically toiletries and feminine hygiene products) as well.

Most useful donations: Clothes, accessories, household items, ornaments, books and toys. Do note that it doesn’t take in used towels and undergarments and household furnishings and appliances. All items go to SCWO’s New2U thrift shop – a favourite amongst vintage-loving bargain hunters, and proceeds go to Star Shelter.

How to donate: 
The physical thrift store is closed until further notice, but take note of this message on its site: “As part of the shop operation, we are in need of black retail hangers and clothes racks to help with our day to day business. For more details about donating these items, please drop us an email at new2u@scwo.org.sg.”

6. Donate gowns for bereaved families

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Angel Hearts is a community that crafts ‘angel gowns’ for babies’ burial clothing. Repurposed from donated wedding gowns and engagement dresses, these gowns are hand-sewn by volunteers and then delivered to bereaved families.

Most useful donations: Lace fabric, duchess satin (in yards or bolts), white bias tapes, pearl buttons (1cm), white ribbons (width less than 0.5 inches), printed fabric/canvas which can be made into hand-sewn items, DIY jewellery supplies like Swarovski crystals.

How to donate:
By courier: Email contact@angelhearts.sg for more details.
By mail: Address package to Angel Hearts, My Mail Box 884383, Singapore 9191911.

7. Help women from low-income households

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Help women from low-income and disadvantaged households secure jobs by donating work-appropriate outfits. Image Mission’s signature programme Dress for Success seeks to empower women to achieve economic independence by also coaching them to present themselves well at job interviews.

Most useful donations: Currently, due to space constraints, Image Mission is only accepting clothes which are size 16 and above. Work-appropriate clothes, neutral colour bags, or low-heeled office shoes.

How to donate:
By drop off: Call 6747 6510 or email info@imagemission.org for an appointment.

8. Donate bras (in usable condition)

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Bras are a necessary clothing item for women, but they are also notoriously expensive. Spare a thought for those of us who can’t afford them by donating bras in usable condition to Uplift Project Singapore.

Most useful donations: Size 8 to 18+, A to E cup in good condition, including crop top styles, nursing bras in any condition, reusable nursing pads, mastectomy bras and breast prostheses, swimwear, new underpants, fabric nappies (secondhand or new).

How to donate:
Drop off points and postal addresses for donations are listed on its Donate Bras page. Also, per its website in light of the Covid pandemic, Australian bra drop offs, pickups and deliveries have been suspended. For any other matters, please email Liz Baker at national@upliftbras.org.

9. Help the mentally disabled

The Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS) runs four social enterprise thrift shops around the island, where they provide customer service and vocational training to the intellectually disabled. All sales proceeds go to the trainees are allowance. You may donate your preloved items here, as long as they are still in good working condition.

Most useful donations: See the full list of things you can and cannot donate here.

10. Give old books a new home

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The NLB welcomes donations that will “enrich” their collection, so if you think your mini library at home has an artefact or two worthy of being accepted, go ahead and fill up this donation form.

Acceptable donations: private papers and personal correspondences of Singapore pioneers who contributed to Singapore’s development; materials on the history of education, business, science and technology in Singapore and more.

How to donate:
Complete the donation form noted above, and then wait until the libraries open up again to actually donate.

11. Don’t let electronics go to waste

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The RENEW (REcycling Nation’s Electronic Waste) programme is sponsored by Starhub, TES-AMM (an e-waste recycling company) and DHL, who handles the logistics of collecting the e-waste.

Acceptable donations: You can recycle almost any electronic item with this programme, such as DVD players, keyboards, VCRs, routers, wires and printers, and you don’t have to be a Starhub customer to participate.

How to donate:
The only catch? Your items must fit through the bin’s slot, which is 470mm by 120mm. The great news is that there are currently 443 bins at 397 locations around the island (however, all collection from the bins is suspended due to Covid until further notice). Click here to find out more about the programme and look under “List of RENEW Bin Sites” to find a drop off point near you – for your future use.

Tip: For other e-waste programmes in Singapore, check out the NEA’s list of E-waste recycling programs here. There is even a programme that accepts used Ink & Toner Cartridges called “Project Homecoming”.

12. Look after others and the planet

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sgfreecycle is a great example of how social media can help people be more environmentally savvy. This is a Facebook group where you can give almost anything away for free, where old magazines to mooncake boxes and even shoelaces can find a new home. There are also generous families giving away electronics, beautiful furniture and many more fantastic items. It’s a non-profit site that is all about re-use and no item is too big or too small.

Acceptable donations: See above.

How to donate:
All items must be free and most items are marked as “self collect”. Join the group by clicking here and start posting your used goods. But, please do follow social distancing guidelines for donation or collection.

13. Let people see that you care

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If you have reading glasses or sunglasses you don’t need anymore, drop them off at Visio Optical. The store will channel them to people who are unable to afford or access quality eye care. They will receive the necessary eye exam and lenses will be made for them to fit the spectacle frames you donated.

How to donate:
You may bring them in person to the store (after Covid-prevention measures ease), or you may send them by regular mail, to this address: Visio Optical, 43 Holland Drive, 01-67, Singapore 270043.

14. Give children’s necessities

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Delivering “blessings” to disadvantaged kids and rural communities in Southeast Asia and Singapore, Blessings In A Bag accepts donations-in-kind from such as clothing, school supplies, hygiene products, and kids-related products to distribute to needy communities.

Acceptable donations: Check out their wish list here and see if there’s a match with the items you were intending to throw out.

How to donate:
Unfortunately, they are not accepting donations at the moment, but you can read about their response to the Covid situation – and are still helping families and children in need, even while working from home!

15. Or, if you’d prefer to sell your items…

There are consumer marketplaces like Carousell (though we recommend you read this first to avoid much frustration) as well as Facebook pages — geared at expats, who arrive and leave Singapore more often than most — such as Real Singapore Expat Wives Classifieds and Classifieds – Singapore Expat Wives. Obviously, if you’d just prefer to pay it forward to fellow residents, you can just ask people to pay and/or arrange for pickup of whatever you’re trying to offload.

Alternately, if you’re specifically looking to sell furniture, you can try these second-hand stores. However, as will all non-essential stores and services, they may not be open for business at the moment. So, do check out the options before you make plans.

By Priyanka Elhence/ Updated by Christopher Ong + Mizah Salik, January 2019 / Additional reporting: Elizabeth Liew, some text adapted from The Singapore Women’s Weekly, May 2020 / Last updated: September 2020

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