Just keep giving!
It’s no secret that our tiny apartments in Hong Kong can accumulate a whole lot over the years. Especially if you have toddlers growing up at the speed of lightning, with clothes or shoes that have been worn once or twice, and in some cases, not at all! This year, why not take the opportunity to do some proper clearing out and sort through everything from toys to books, and even furniture and electronics. Donate or sell these pieces to some pretty stellar charities, non-profit organisations and consignment shops that will greatly benefit those less fortunate.
2nd Chance Hong Kong
This platform for people to buy and sell quality second-hand furnishings and accessories at reasonable prices, was dreamt up by a husband and wife duo in early 2006. Since then, 2nd Chance has given many great pieces of furniture new homes. Contact them through email to sell unwanted furniture or to buy new pieces.
What you can sell: Furniture and home accessories.
2nd Chance, Unit 14, 2/F, Kin Fat Industrial Centre, 13 Kin Fat Street, Tuen Mun, 2496 1222, www.2ndchance.com.hk
Castaways Charity Shop
Had a clear-out at home and have some unwanted clothes to get rid of? Found inside the grounds of St John’s Cathedral in Central, Castaways sells clothing (including shoes and handbags) along with books and household linens, with all profits going to small locally based charities. Donation days are Wednesday and Saturday mornings.
What can you donate: Clothing, shoes, handbags, books and household linens.
Castaways Charity Shop, St John’s Cathedral, 4-8 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.stjohnscathedral.org.hk
Caritas Community Centre
As the official social service agency of the Catholic Church in Hong Kong, Caritas focuses on the needs of the ‘3 Ls’ – the last, the least and the lost. Firmly believing in giving people a second chance, you can support its wonderful program by dropping off your items at its door.
What you can donate: All wearable clothing.
Caritas Community Centre, 2/F, Caritas House, 2-8 Caine Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong, 2843 4652, www.caritas.org.hk
Having been around for over 50 years, Christian Action is the only comprehensive provider of services to ethnic minorities, refugees, asylum seekers and foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong. Its Green Collection Charity Drive will take anything that can be worn again. Call to arrange a pick up right from your doorstep, and if you have a lot to give, they’ll even pick up your items for free.
What you can donate: All wearable clothing, books and toys.
Christian Action, 2 Kwun Tong Road, Choi Hung, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2456 2220, www.christian-action.org.hk
This long-standing NGO is no stranger to Hong Kong. Crossroads has been helping people in the community and around the globe for more than 20 years. It accepts all forms of re-wearables, which then go into its Global Distribution Program. Half of the distributed goods go to cases sponsored by the Social Welfare Department, and the other half is designated for foreign countries. Call for a pickup, mail in or drop off at its door (Note: It can sometimes take a few weeks to arrange pickup service, so you may be best off hiring a man with a van). More info on how to donate to Crossroads Foundation can be found here.
What you can donate: All wearable clothing, all electrical appliances, furniture and household goods, baby items and toys. More info on the most needed items for donation can be found here.
Crossroads Foundation, Crossroads Village, 2 Castle Peak Road, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, 2984 9309, www.crossroads.org.hk
Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth launched the Used Clothes Recycling Program in 2001, which collects all sorts of textile products from used clothes and shoes, to bed sheets and handbags. Re-wearables are exported to neighbouring countries while the worn out pieces are turned into wipers for industrial use. Nothing goes to waste! It has many collection points all over Hong Kong. Check out its website and find the one closest to you.
What you can donate: All wearable clothing, shoes and handbags.
Friends of the Earth, 2528 5588, www.foe.org.hk
Hong Kong Federation of Handicapped Youth
Established in 1970, this government organisation strives to help those with disabilities. Second-hand clothing and books will be most helpful to these young people. Drop your items off at the Federation’s address.
What you can donate: All wearable clothing and books.
Hong Kong Federation of Handicapped Youth, G/F, 16-21 Wan Kee House, Wang Tau Hom Estate, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2388 5111, www.hkfhy.org.hk
Hong Kong Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is one of the most established organisations for recycling goods. Some of the collected items go to those in need, such as the elderly, street sleepers and ex-prisoners; the rest go to the Salvation Army’s retail chain, sold with discount. It can accept all re-wearables (but note it can’t accept towels and underwear.) For bigger items such as TV sets, refrigerators and other appliances give them a call and they’ll arrange a pick-up. There are more than 200 collection boxes throughout Hong Kong. Check its website for details of donation box locations and stores near you.
What you can donate: All wearable clothing and electrical appliances. Find out more information here.
Mother’s Choice provides care for babies awaiting permanent homes, and for single girls and their families facing crisis pregnancies. While their specific needs are always changing, they are often looking for new or good condition baby items like clothes, toys and bibs, as well as electrical appliances including personal computers, air conditioners, cameras and more. Give them a call to learn more or visit the site to see what they’re most in need of at this time.
What can you donate: Good condition baby items, toys and electrical appliances.
Founded in the UK in 1942, Oxfam is one of the oldest humanitarian organisations. Proceeds from The Oxfam Shop go towards humanitarian projects around the world. Call to arrange for your items to be picked up.
What you can donate: All wearable clothing, handbags, Fair Trade products, small home appliances and books.
Oxfam, LG8, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong, 2522 1765, www.oxfam.org.hk
Po Leung Kuk Orphanage
Po Leung Kuk provides welfare, educational and cultural services to its young community. This charitable organisation provides support for orphaned children, education and other services. Donations help to fulfil the basic needs of its service recipients, particularly children, the elderly and low-income families. Drop off your items at its door and your donations will go towards young people in need.
What you can donate: All wearable clothing, electrical appliances, computers, stationery, toys, baby items, household accessories and cookware.
Po Leung Kuk Orphanage, 66 Leighton Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2277 8888,www.poleungkuk.org.hk
Remar Hong Kong
A Christian charity dedicated to helping those fighting drug addiction, the homeless and other people in need. Remar Hong Kong has a large warehouse and is able to take your larger electrical appliances and furniture. Call or email them to arrange a pick-up.
What can you donate: Large electrical appliances and furniture.
St. James’ Settlement
These folks run a number of charity projects, including daycare and donation services for the elderly. St. James’ Settlement also runs a number of charity projects, including a food bank, where you can drop off canned or dry food (so long as it has an expiry date more than 8 weeks away).
What can you donate: All wearable clothing, small electrical appliances and canned or dry food items.
Advocates of human rights for refugees, Vision First strengthens these individuals with knowledge, skills and support to address their challenges and concerns. What better way to support than by providing them with basic necessities that they otherwise wouldn’t have?
What you can donate: Octopus cards, SIM cards, blankets and bedding, winter clothing, shoes, dry food and more.
Vision First, 5F, 102 First Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.vfnow.org
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on 16 January 2017 and was updated on 27 December 2018.