Looking to donate some of your pre-loved clothes in Singapore? Well, get in touch with one of these 5 NGOs that work very closely with various marginalised groups in Singapore.
1. Salvation Army Singapore
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Address: The Salvation Army Singapore, 356 Tanglin Rd, Singapore 247674
Phone Number:(65) 6288 5438
You can donate all your clothes and other pre-loved by dropping them off at The Salvation Army's "Donation In Kind booths" or by arranging a pick up directly from your house.
You can check out their list of Donation In Kind booths by clicking the following link. If you'd like to arrange a pick up from your house, you can contact them via the following:
- Online booking: www.redshieldindustries.com
- Tel: (65) 6288 5438
- WhatsApp: 8520 5343
- Email: donor@SMM.salvationarmy.org with a brief description of the items you wish to donate, your collection address and contact number
Do note that their pickup service would be subject to availability of slots as well as the current Covid19 conditions.
If you'd like them to pick up any bulky items, pianos or furniture, do support their efforts by contributing an optional donation of $60. They'll provide you with a collection note and an official Non-Tax Deductible receipt for your contribution.
You may be wondering, what happens to your donated items? Well, their social enterprise arm, Red Shield Industries would sell your items via their Family Thrift stores in Singapore. The funds generated from the sales would go towards funding the NGO's efforts for the needy. To know more about how their donations are used, you can have a look at their website and annual reports.
2. Blessings In A Bag
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Address: Blessings In A Bag, 315 Outram Rd, #08-06A Tan Boon Liat Building, Singapore 169074
Phone Number: +65 6699 6980
Blessings In A Bag is safe space for children from vulnerable and impoverished areas in Singapore. They run various programmes to empower them with new skills and to help them grow into confident, compassionate and kind people. Click here if you'd like an overview of the main programmes that they operate.
You can donate any pre-loved or new children's clothing to them. Other than clothing, they also accept gift vouchers, band aids (new ones obviously), etc. You can check out their website for a full list of items they accept.
As a rule of thumb, make sure the items you're donating are either new or "like new" condition. If it's an item that you would lovingly present to a friend or to your own children, then it's something you can donate to NGOs as well.
As per this Facebook post, you can email them a picture and a description of your pre-loved (or new) items. Their team will set up an appointment for you to drop it off at their space.
Do note that they'll only accept your donation if you have a prior appointment.
Their email: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Metta Welfare Association
Image Credit: Metta Welfare Association Facebook Page
Address: Metta Welfare, 32 Simei Street 1, Singapore 529950
Phone Number: 65804688
Metta Welfare Association is a recognised NGO that offers a range of community services like child care, disability care, medical care, etc. You can click here to read more about their initiatives.
As an organisation, they accept donations-in-kind in the form of clothes, groceries, electronics, etc. The donation process is relatively simple. You need to get in touch with the Metta Welfare team, and check with them on their current needs. The NGO only accepts items that are related to their current needs to avoid creating unnecessary waste.
Once your items are accepted, they'll either use it internally, distribute it to their beneficiaries, centres, or other social service agencies to handle the items.
They have a long list of items that they accept on their website. You can click here to see if there's a particular item that you'd like to donate.
At the time of this writing, Metta Welfare is temporarily not accepting any pre-loved clothes due to the Covid-19 situation. However, you can always reach out to them at 65804688 or email them at email@example.com to get more info on when they'd resume this service.
4. Singapore Council of Women's Organisation (SCWO)
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Address: Singapore Council of Women's Organisation, 96 Waterloo St, Singapore 187967
Phone Number: 65) 6837 0611
SCWO has more than 50 member organisations, which represent over 500,000 women, and it serves to unite them to work toward ideals of ‘Equal Space, Equal Voice and Equal Worth’ for women in Singapore.
SCWO also operates a volunteer-operated thrift store where they accept pre-loved items. You can donate your clothes (men, women & kids), books, toys, bags, etc. These items are then sold through the store, and the proceeds go towards the Star Shelter and various other SCWO initiatives. You can read more about their initiatives by clicking this link.
Do note that SCWO's thrift store is temporarily closed due to Covid-19. As such they won't be accepting any donations for the time being. They're likely to resume operations from the 27 June 2021.
In the meantime, you can drop them an email or a call to schedule a drop-off starting August. You can call them at (65) 6837 0611 and email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Dress For Success Singapore
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Address: Dress For Success Singapore, 6 Ubi Road 1, #04-11 Wintech Centre, Singapore408726
Phone Number: +65 6747 6510
Dress For Success Singapore would be a good fit for you if you're looking to donate work-related clothes and accessories. Basically if it's something you'd wear for an interview, you could donate it to this NGO.
Once donated, your professional clothes would be used by their beneficiaries when they're entering or returning to the workplace.
Dress for Success Singapore provide women with a network of support, professional attire and other development tools to help them thrive at the workplace and in life. They currently help women that are referred to them by a range of social service agencies like women shelters, community welfare organisations, and educational institutions.
Do note that don't accept any winter apparel and generally they prefer machine-washable apparel over clothes that need to be dry cleaned. Main reason being, dry cleaning services can be an added burden (cost wise) for their beneficiaries.
For the time being, Dress For Success Singapore has temporarily stopped accepting donations-in-kind due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, you can still support their efforts with monetary donations. Also do contact them directly to see if they starting accepting clothes donations by dropping them a call at +65 6747 6510 or emailing them at email@example.com
Keep In Mind
Do note that at the time of this writing, a lot of the NGOs temporarily stopped collecting donations-in-kind due to Covid-19. However, they're likely to resume their operations as soon as the MCO is lifted.
As such, do give them a call or drop them an email before sending over your pre-loved clothes or other items.
P.S: Know an NGO that's accepts clothes donations in Singapore? Drop me a message on FB or an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'll add them to this list 🙂