India’s poor need assistance in kind…
Many among India’s poor and underprivileged are short of adequate clothing and other basic things. Donated second-hand goods which are in usable condition not only make their lives better but also promote the eco-friendly concept of recycling. What is waste for you is resource for the less fortunate. So instead of throwing away something, donate it!
Some of the most useful items for the needy are clothes and footwear. In our urban homes, we have clothes that do not fit us anymore. As our babies and children grow up, they outgrow their clothes and toys every year. Similarly shoes and chappals also become surplus due to various reasons. Other used things that we can consider donating are bags, suitcases, bedsheets, blankets, books, stationary, utensils, mobile phones, appliances, electronic items etc.
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. Appliances and electronics items are repaired, if they are non-functional. Thereafter the items are packed and transported for distribution to rural poor and urban slum-dwellers. Recipients also include NGOs, 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.