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 summer, 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.
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.
The official social service agency of the Catholic Church in Hong Kong, Caritas was founded in 1953 and focuses on the needs of the “3 Ls” – the last, the least and the lost. It firmly believes in giving people a second chance. Support its wonderful programme by dropping off your items at their door.
What you can donate: All wearable clothing and toys.
You can find Castaways Charity Shop inside St John’s Cathedral in Central. It’s run by the CLARES women’s network and all profits go to small local charities. Donation days are Wednesday and Saturday mornings.
What you can donate: Clothing (including shoes and handbags) and household linen (currently not accepting book donations).
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. Its Green Collection Charity Drive will take anything that can be worn again. Call them at 2456 2220 and arrange a pick up right at your door. If you have a lot to give, they’ll even pick up your items for free.
What you can donate: All wearable clothing, books, baby items and toys.
Christian Action Green Connect (second-hand items), Unit 6C, Mai Tak Industrial Building, 221 Wai Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2456 2220, [email protected]
A long-standing NGO, Crossroads is no stranger to Hong Kong. It has been helping people in the community and all over the world for over 20 years. Although it has recently downsized its facility due to rezoning, it’s still in the business of connecting those who are in need with those who can provide help. It accepts all forms of re-wearable items, which then go into its Global Distribution programme. Half of the distributed goods go to cases sponsored by the Social Welfare Department, and the other half is designated for foreign countries. Mail the package in, drop it off at their door or call them for a pick-up, but do remember that because it can sometimes take a few weeks to arrange the pickup service, you may be best off hiring a man with a van.
What you can donate: All wearable clothing, all electrical appliances, furniture and household goods, baby items and toys (changing tables, cots and high chairs, and strollers, etc. are always needed).
Friends of the Earth launched the Used Clothes Recycling Programme in 2001, which collects all sorts of textile products; used clothes, shoes, 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.
What you can donate: All wearable clothing, shoes, bedding, handbags.
If you’re a book lover but they keep multiplying on your bookshelf, head over to Flow Bookshop on Queen’s Road Central and pass on the love. The second-hand book store will then sell on your reads, and it also accepts music and movies as well (CDs, vinyl, DVDs). Keep up to date about what new items it has in stock in via its Facebook page and keep a look out for rare finds (book-lover birthday gifts sorted).
What you can donate: Books, DVDs, CDs and vinyl.
The registered Social Enterprise Green Toysland (recognised by The Hong Kong Council of Social Service) accepts donations of pre-loved children’s toys and stationery and donates them back to underprivileged children of low-income families. It asks that you take pictures of the items that you’d like to donate and send them via WhatsApp (9191 8526) to David, who’ll make sure the toys are suitable before arranging a pick-up from you.
What you can donate: Toys and stationery.
Established in 1970, this government organisation helps people with disabilities. Second-hand clothing and books will be most helpful to these young people. You can drop your items off at the Federation’s address or arrange a pick-up service upon request if you have lots of things to donate. Just note that due to limited resources, you must arrange the collection 1 to 2 weeks in advance.
What you can donate: All wearable clothing and books (for young adults).
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 a discount. It accepts all re-wearables (but note it does not 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 through Hong Kong. Check the website to find where to donate near you. If you have a lot to give away (five or more large bags of clothing, or heavy items such as fitness equipment and large musical instruments etc.) you can call the recycling hotline and arrange a pick-up – just let them know as soon as possible so appropriate transport can be arranged.
What you can donate: All wearable clothing and electrical appliances.
Hong Kong Salvation Army, Unit A, 1/F, Tung Chun Industrial Building Block A, 9-11 Cheung Wing Road, Kwai Chung, New Territories, Hong Kong, 2332 4433 (recycling hotline), 9688 5670 (WhatsApp), [email protected], www.salvation.org.hk
We love when our kids can get involved with the process of giving back. Sharing For A Cause (SFAC) is a student-led donation campaign under Kids4Kids’ Youth Empowerment Programme whose mission is to alleviate invisible poverty by “collecting from those with and donating to those without”. It’s donated everything from books to stationery to sports equipment, household appliances and toys. Each year, the students decide what items are needed.
What you can donate: Check out its website for the current donation list.
Mother’s Choice provides care for babies awaiting permanent homes, and for single girls and their families facing crisis pregnancies. While its specific needs are always changing, it is often looking for new or good condition baby items like clothes, toys, bibs as well as electrical appliances including personal computers, air conditioners, cameras and more. Give them a call to learn more or visit its site to see their gift-in-kind needs.
What you can 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 them to arrange for your items to be dropped off.
What you can donate: All wearable clothing, handbags, Fair Trade products, small home appliances and books.
Since its founding in 2008, Pathfinders has helped over 4,800 migrant women and children in Hong Kong through its social welfare, health care services and more. Ensuring that each woman and child is treated with respect and has access to basic resources, this organisation accepts donations that could be used by babies and mums alike. You can drop off items at either the head office (address below), Redress collection boxes (clothing items only) or at a volunteer’s home.
What you can donate: Newborn and children’s clothes (size up to 12 months), baby blankets, baby carriers, baby slings and wraps, disposable diapers (up to 1 year/11kg), lightweight, foldable pushchairs, baby milk formula (newborn to 1 year) – within expiration date, maternity clothes, unopened nappy rash cream and sanitary items.
Pathfinders, Unit 2D, 2/F, Worldwide Centre, 123 Tung Chau Street, Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 5500 5486, www.pathfinders.org.hk
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-in-kind to fulfil the basic needs of its service recipients (particularly children, the elderly and low-income families) are always needed. Drop off your items at its door, your donations will go towards young people in need.
What you can donate: Electrical appliances, computers, stationery, toys, books, household accessories, cookware, etc.
Passionate about recycling, upcycling and combatting clothing waste, Zara is another useful place to drop off your unwanted clothing, shoes or accessories. Pop to your nearest store and drop your goods at the Redress collection box, where they’ll be sorted and redistributed to reuse, repair, resell (raising funds to support Redress), or recycled.
What you can donate: All types of clothes, shoes and accessories from any brand, in any condition (it doesn’t accept underwear or scrap textiles).
A Christian charity dedicated to helping drug addicts, 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 to arrange a pick-up (with charges for assistance and travel).
What can you donate: Large electrical appliances and furniture.
Retykle accepts and sells high-end kid’s clothing (from 0 to 10 years) with a simple click on its online store. Every time someone purchases one of your pieces, you’ll be notified via email that a payment was made to your PayPal account. What’s great about this transaction is that you can purge some of your quality pieces and make a little money on the side!
What you can sell: All new or gently used children’s clothing (0 to 10 years) – check its website for approved brands.
These folks run a number of charity projects, including daycare, donation services and a food bank for the elderly. Drop off canned or dry food which has an expiry date more than eight weeks away.
What can you donate: All wearable clothing, small electrical appliances and canned or dry food items.
St. James’ Settlement, 85 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2574 5201, www.sjs.org.hk
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 it than by providing basic necessities that they otherwise wouldn’t have?
What you can donate: Octopus cards, SIM cards, blankets and bedding, winter clothing, shoes, baby items, dry food and more.
Vision First, 5F, 102 First Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.vfnow.org