Have you got lots of unwanted stuff at home? You could donate it to an organisation who helps disadvantaged families.
It’s a sad fact, but not every child has a great start to life, nor does every family have a happy home life. There are many disadvantaged families out there who need help, and there are easy ways to make a difference.
If you’re well overdue for a clean-out of baby and children’s clothes, toys, blankets, maternity wear and books, you could donate these items to the people who need them the most. Here are some of the places you can donate unused items from your home.
NOTE: Most places will accept clean, stain-free clothing that is in good condition, along with items that are still in good working order and are clean. Please don't try and donate dirty, stained clothing and broken items!
Women’s shelters and refuges
So many women and children who escape an abusive home environment do so with only the clothes they are wearing. Some refuges accept donation of children’s and women’s clothing, plus donations of items for children and even things such as toiletries and gifts. Some shelters and refuges many only accept monetary donations, but get in touch with your nearest centre to find out more. A quick internet search of ‘womens shelter or refuge’ in your home town will soon let you know where your nearest centre is.
Foster care organisations
Sometimes, a child can end up in emergency foster care with little clothing or items of comfort. Foster care bodies or organisations will usually accept donations of clothing for children of all ages, from babies to teens, plus baby blankets and bedding, shoes, backpacks, other accessories and more. You can also make a financial donation. Again, an internet search of ‘foster care’ in your local area will lead you to state or county wide organisation, who should be able to help.
A Nappy Collection Program
Have you ever got through half a bag of nappies before your little one has a crazy growth spurt? Those unused nappies could go to people in need. While many foster carers, women’s shelters and refuges may accept unused nappies, there are programs dedicating to collecting nappies and distributing them to needy families, such as The Nappy Collective in Australia.
Your local second-hand shop
Your local second hand shop is another place you can donate your unwanted clothing and items to. They sell the products for much needed funds for the organisation. You can usually donate just about everything, as long as it is clean and in good or working condition.
Other ways to help
There are plenty of other ways to help the disadvantaged, including the below:
Make a one-off or regular monetary donation to your local refuge, shelter or foster organisation
Donate a gift at Christmas time (organisations typically have the information about this on their websites leading up to the festive period)
Collect canned food for a food bank program
Volunteer for a charity or organisation
Hold a fundraiser to raise much needed funds!
So now you have some places to donate all those unused items you have laying around the house to. There are plenty of ways to help the disadvantaged, even if it’s just by handing over a few bits of clothing your children have grown out of.