India’s poor need assistance in kind…
Many among India’s poor and underprivileged are short of adequate clothing. Donated second-hand clothes which are in usable condition not only make lives of the underprivileged better but also promote the eco-friendly concept of recycling.
In our urban homes, we have clothes that do not fit us anymore. As our babies and children grow up, they outgrow their clothes every year. So instead of storing the un-usable clothes or throwing them away, go in for donation because what is waste for you would be a resource for the less fortunate.
How are the donated goods taken care of?
The clothes received are sorted out and mended by sewing, if need be. Tattered or torn clothes are processed to make sanitary pads or socks. Thereafter the clothes are packed and transported for distribution to rural poor and urban slum-dwellers or to organisations and NGOs running residential schools for the underprivileged, orphanages, old-age homes, children's homes, shelters etc.
Collection methods vary widely and are dependent on every organisation’s resources. Some organisations have set-up drop-off points in cities where the used goods can be handed over. Drop-off points can be found in housing societies, malls etc which are manned by volunteers. In other cases, a donor can contact the organisation on phone and their volunteer will meet the donor at a convenient place and collect the goods. Occasionally, depending on quantity, some organisations are able to collect from homes, corporate offices etc.