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Donate Used Clothes for Needy

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.

16 Locations all over India (Offices & Dropping Centres)

Goonj

Donate used clothes which are in usable condition ay their nearest drop-off point. Goonj sorts, mends and packs the clothes and distributes them to poor in cities. Waste cloth is turned into sanitary pads and handed over to women in villages.

HO: J-93, Sarita Vihar, New Delh 110076

HO: 011-4140 1216, 2697 2351

Contact details of Goonj’s Offices

Aurangabad (Maharashtra)

Kapda Bank by Haroon Mukati Islamic Centre (HMIC)

Each person who signs-on to Kapda Bank is requested to 'deposit' new or used (in good and usable condition) clothes. The poor, aged, sick or the unemployed people can come to the Kapda Bank and 'withdraw' clothes that fit them.

Jinsi Baijipura Road, Aurangabad 431001

Yusuf Mukati

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Bangalore

R K Foundation

Donate new and used but clean and usable clothes to their 'Vastra - The Clothes Bank'. You may drop them off at one of their 5 collection centres in Bangalore. These clothes are sorted according to size, gender and purpose and stacked in the foundation’s collection centre to facilitate easy distribution. These clothes thereafter make their way to community organisations and civil society organisations as per their need.

No 2 New Raja Building , 2nd Floor , N R Road, Bangalore 560002

K. Venkateshwaran: 098451 15256, Sumathi Rangachar: 098454 53403

080-2221 0088

www.rkfoundation.org

Chennai

'Old Clothes Scheme' of Rajasthan Cosmo Club Foundation

Under this Program, people are urged to hand over old and unused clothes to their office. The collected clothes are mended (if required), washed, neatly ironed, segregated into various categories and sizes and packed in poly bags. These reconditioned clothes are then distributed to the needy people and organizations across India.

28, Noor Veerasamy Lane, Nungambakkam, Chennai 600034

044-2821 3149

rccfoundation.in/search/old-clothes-scheme

Chennai

Isai Prakash

Isai Prakash and his team collect used clothes from donors who approach them. The clothes will be first segregated followed by washing and pressing. These will then gift-wrapped and handed over to orphanages in Chennai.

96770 85646, 99416 51168.

Chennai

Smile Welfare Foundation

Works for the upliftment of underprivileged children. Used children's clothes in good condition may be donated.

#4, Vivekanandha Street, Annai Indira Nagar, Velachery, Chennai 600042

098401 02827

www.smile.org.in

Delhi-NCR

Clothes Box Foundation

If you want to donate old clothes, post a message on their Facebook page and then drop the clothes at the nearest Clothes Box Foundation donation centre, who then sorts, segregates and distributes to the needy. A picture is clicked of the clothing with the tag in the hand of the needful and is posted on the Facebook page.

Sajan: 098101 96688, Naman: 097173 45363

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Delhi-NCR

Pahel NGO

They work in the areas of health, hygiene and education. Clothes are picked up right from your doorstep.

#N89 Block-N, A. F. Enclave-I, Okhla, New Delhi 110025

98102 09649

www.pahel.org

Delhi-NCR

Uday Foundation

Uday Foundation works to improve the lives of children as well as the homeless. Their slogan is 'Donate Clothes, Change Lives'. Clothes for children and adults are welcome.

113A/1 Near Govardhan Resturant, Adhchini, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi 110017

011-2656 1444 / 333

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Guwahati

Clothes Bank of Xavier's Foundation

Clothes may be deposited at their office or alternately volunteers shall collect the same form your location. The clothes are sorted and undergo a need-based repairing. Distribution is through the existing network of Xavier's Foundation.

Xavier’s Foundation, Rajgarh Main Road, House No. 8 & 9, Guwahati 781003

0361–245 8009, 098640 22265, 098540 55969

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Jaipur

Manna Children's Home

They feed, shelter, educate and provide medical care to children in Jaipur. You may donate children's clothes which are in good condition.

22, Heera Nagar Vistar, Near 200 Feet Bypass Road, Jaipur

Rajan

98292 61801

www.midministry.com

Kolkata

Responsible Charity

Need following items for families living in slum communities and villages near Kolkata: Used clothes in good condition for all ages, belts, bags, scarfs and winter wear. Do not give ripped, worn-out or stained clothes, undergarments, socks or shoes. Hand over to their office on first Sunday of every month between 11 am - 3 pm.

22 Saktigarh Road, Jadavpur, Kolkata 700032

033-4004 8442

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Mumbai

'Kapda Bank' by Mumbai Dabbawalas

If you wish to donate clothes for poor, please hand over the same to your dabbawala at the time of tiffin delivery. Prior to that, you can call the numbers below. Dabbawalas deliver the clothes to the needy in Mumbai's slums as well as people living in tribal areas of Palghar, Thane.

Mumbai Jevandabbe Vahatuk Mahamandal, Mumbai

098672 21310, 086527 60542

Mumbai

Seams for Dreams

An initiative by actress Evelyn Sharma. Used clothing may be delivered to the address below. Based on the condition of the clothing, it is distributed to their affiliated NGOs or sold at their fundraiser garage sales or is sent for recycling.

Corinthian, 3rd Floor, Link Road, Khar West, Mumbai 400052

022-6146 4020

www.seamsfordream.com