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Where to Donate Clothes in India: 7 Orgs That Will Ensure They Reach the Needy

There’s a general rule of thumb when you’re thinking of donating old clothes: would you give it to a friend? If the answer is yes, then you could go right ahead. If the answer is no, because the clothes are torn, dirty or unusable, it would be better to find alternate uses/options.

We all have clothes lying around the house that aren’t being used anymore and could very well be given away to those who might have better use for them.

While sometimes our busy schedules may keep us from depositing the clothes, many of us probably don’t know where we could go ahead and donate them.

To help you manage your ‘to-give-away’ pile of clothes better, we have compiled a list of seven organisations where you can distribute your used clothes.

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There’s a general rule of thumb when you’re thinking of donating old clothes—would you give it to a friend? If the answer is yes, then you could go right ahead. If the answer is no, because the clothes are torn, dirty or unusable, it would be better to find alternate uses/options.

Do be mindful of the clothes that you set aside for this exercise.

1. Clothes Box Foundation (CBF)

Location: Haryana, Maharashtra, Odisha and Jharkhand

How does it work?

Once you have kept aside the clothes you wish you donate, you can call CBF or visit their Facebook page and leave them a message.

You can then either wait for them to pick up the clothes (the organisation provides this service at a nominal charge) or get the clothes delivered at their collection centre.

Donation drive

Once in, the clothes are sorted and distributed by the team at CBF. The photographs of the distribution will also be uploaded on Facebook if you wish to see them.

Contact details: You can reach their website here, Facebook page here or call them on +91-78383-71356.

2. Share At Door Step (SADS)

Location: Bengaluru. SADS also has 100 NGO partners across 8 cities and various corporate tie-ups.

How does it work?

After you have sorted out the clothes that you wish to keep aside for donation, visit the SADS website and enter your location, following which a list of NGOs in your area will appear on your screen.

Select the NGO whose requirement matches your donation and once done, add the items you wish to donate into your checkout bag and schedule a pickup.

Anushka Jain, founder SADS – spreading smiles.

Please note that as of now the pick-up facility is available only in Bengaluru. A convenience fee is levied depending on the number of items that you are donating. The starting rate is Rs 199. You can also choose to drop off the clothes by yourself.

Contact details: You can visit their website here, Facebook page here, or call them on
+91-88847 84742.

3. The Open House

Location: Chennai

How does it work?

In December 2015, after the Chennai floods, Rotarian Isai Prakash and his team found that they had a lot of leftover used clothes.

It occurred to them that they could be given a second chance, and after sorting through them, getting them cleaned, and mending them, they distributed the clothes amongst the needy.

They also went a step ahead, and gift-wrapped the clothes that they were handing out. While it started out of necessity, the work that this group does has been continuing.

Contact details: if you are in Chennai and have some clothes that you would like to donate, call on +91-9677085646 or +91- 9710535297.

4. Apang Manav Mandal (AMM)

Location: Ahmedabad

How does it work?

If your clothes are in good condition and can be worn by people between the ages of 7-25, look no further than AMM.

Founded in the year 1958, AMM is devoted to the cause of the disabled and looks after all their needs and requirements.

Kids at AMM

Brijita, the Chief Administrator of the organisation says, “Our only request is that people donate clothes that are in good condition. Do not leave behind clothes that you wish to throw away or discard.”

Contact details: The clothes can be dropped off at Dr Vikram Sarabhai Road, B/h. ATIRA, Ahmedabad-380015.

You could contact them on 079- 26302643 or 079- 26308156, or even visit their website here.

5. Mahesh Foundation

Location: Belgaum

How does it work?

This organisation has been working for the welfare of children and youth who have been impacted by the HIV/AIDS virus. Founded by Mahesh Jadhav in 2006, they request for woollens, sarees, salwar suits, trousers, shirts, kurta-pyjamas and even curtains and bed sheets to be used at their orphanage that houses almost 40 children.

Contact details: Ashakiran Children Care Home, Plot No.1284, Jain Basti Galli, Near Harsha Hotel, Ramatirth Nagar, Belgaum -590015.

You can reach them at +91- 9164575327 or +91-8494945327.

6. Prayas

Location: Hyderabad

How does it work?

According to Shaik Altaf Ahmed, the Executive Director of Prayas, the organisation started a project called ‘Distribution of reusable items’ in 2008.

Under this, they not only accept clothes for those above the age of 12 but also other reusable household items.

At Prayas

Until March 2019, donors could schedule a pickup, but Ahmed says that as of now, the service stands cancelled.

Contact details: You can connect with Ahmed at +91- 9866335488 or send an e-mail to prayashyd@gmail.com. Their office is located at # 4-1-21, Champa Estate, Boggulakunta, Tilak Road, Abids, Hyderabad.

The official website can be reached here.

7. Clothes for Help

Location: Kolkata and Pune

How does it work?

Once you donate your clothes, the organisation sorts through it and ensures that the families that are in dire need are directly impacted.

The organisation members visit different slums across the city to make sure the clothes reach the people who need them. You could log into the website and chose either a location to make the drop or schedule a pickup from your residence. If your address is within a 7-kilometre radius, then a pickup can be arranged.

Contact details: You can reach them at 22 Saktigarh (opposite Saktigarh maath)

Jadavpur, Kolkata, 700032 or call on 033-4004-8442.

For you, the clothes might not mean anything now but are sure to bring a smile to those who get to wear them. Do your good deed today!

(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)


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