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10 places to donate your clothes and support those in need

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Photo: Angel Hearts

  1. Angel Hearts

Angel Hearts is a community that crafts ‘angel gowns’ for babies who do not make it home from the hospital as burial clothing. Repurposed from donated wedding gowns and engagement dresses, these gowns are hand-sewn by volunteers and then delivered to bereaved families.

What to donate:
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, S(9191911).

How to volunteer:
Email contact@angelhearts.sg with your area of expertise.

2. Image Mission

Photo: Image Mission

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.

What to donate:

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.

3. New2U thrift shop

Run by the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO), New2U is a thrift shop stocks clothes ranging from vintage party dresses to formal blazers, that sell for as little as $1.

Proceeds go to Star Shelter, a temporary refuge for women and children who are victims of domestic violence, and other SCWO initiatives.

What to donate:
Clean, preloved men, women, and children clothing, books, toys, bags, accessories, shoes, crockery and utensils.

How to donate:
By dropoff: Indicate “Donation for New2U” on the bags you leave at the SCWO Centre at 96 Waterloo Street (open daily from 9.00am to 10.00pm).

Visit New2U Thrift Shop:
Address: 96 Waterloo Street, S(187967)
Opening hours: 10.30am to 2:30 pm, Monday to Friday

  1. Uplift Project Singapore

Photo: Uplift Project Singapore

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.

What to donate:
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:
By mail: Currently, Uplift Project Singapore are only accepting donations to women in the Philippines. To be notified of their next local drive, follow their Facebook page.

  1. Babes Crisis Pregnancy Support

Babes Crisis Pregnancy Support helps local pregnant teens below 21 to make informed choices about their pregnancy through counselling and support.

What to donate:
Formula milk for babies (zero to six months), diapers (newborn to six months), baby clothes (zero to two years), breast pumps, baby cots, milk bottles, baby bath tubs, and prams.

If you’d like to make an online cash donation, you can do so here and here.

How to donate:
By dropoff: Email hello@babes.org.sg for an appointment.

6. Salvation Army

Most of us should be familiar with The Salvation Army, an organisation that reaches out to various disadvantaged groups in society.

What to donate:
Pre-loved or new clothing, furniture, household goods, electronic devices, stationery, toys, and books.

If you’d like to make an online cash donation, you can do so here.

How to donate:
By collection: (Only for bulk items such as furniture and big appliances) email donor@SMM.salvationarmy.org, use the online booking form, or call 6288 5438 for an appointment.
By dropoff: See full list of donation booths here.

7. Tzu Chi Singapore

Volunteers of Buddhist organisation Tzu Chi collect, sort and sell recyclables every Sunday of the month.

Proceeds go to the Tzu Chi Singapore’s General Fund and are used to fund charities and provide healthcare and education.

What to donate:
Preloved clothes, electrical appliances, school bags, leather, belts, shoes, soft toys, paper, newspapers, books, magazines, cardboards, carton boxes, plastic bags, bottles, containers, CDs & DVDs, aluminium cans, computers, printers, TVs, DVD players, fans, ovens, rice cookers, glass bottles, umbrellas, and ironing boards.

How to donate:
By drop off: Head to your nearest recycling point, see recycling points here.

8. Green Square

Green Square provides free textile recycling services by sorting clothes still in good condition for resale, and the rest for recycling as industrial cleaning cloth. 5% of annual profits are donated to a local children’s charity.

What to donate:
Clean clothes, wearable paired shoes, household linen (e.g. bedding and curtains), accessories, belts, and bags.

How to donate:
By collection: For items >10kg, schedule a collection here.
By dropoff: For items <10kg, drop them off at Foliage at United Square (#01-58), Zhai at Tanglin Mall (#02-26), or The Green Collective at OneKM mall (#01-25/26).

  1. MINDS

The Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore is a voluntary welfare organisation that provides for persons with intellectual disability in Singapore.

They run four thrift stores to raise funds and for their beneficiaries to gain experience, earn an allowance and interact with customers.

What to donate:
Clothes, bags, books, small furniture, household items, toys and more in good, usable condition. See full list here.

If you’d like to make a cash donation, you can do so by cheque and filling in the donation form.

How to donate:
By drop off: Bring your items to the nearest MINDS thrift store to you. See all locations here. 
By pickup: (Only for bulky items) email shawalindah.hq@minds.org.sg or call 8180 2095.

  1. Metta Welfare Association

They run nine welfare centres that are the residences and daily support for the elderly and those with special needs. Collected goods and raised funds will provide the resources needed to care for these individuals.

What to donate:
Clothing in good condition, belts, handbags, books, newspapers, used computers, laptops, IT peripheral (e.g. hard disks), mobile phones, and Li-ion batteries.

If you’d like to make an online cash donation, you can do so here.

How to donate:
By drop off: Put non-electronic items in plastic bags before placing them in the bin located in the basement carpark of Metta Building at 32 Simei Street 1 (access via side gate, open daily 7.00am to 7.00pm, except on public holidays).