Being in India should definitely make us realize how fortunate we are and for many of us (those who aren’t able to obtain a work visa in India), it provides us a good opportunity to give back in the form of volunteering. Another way of helping out organizations and families in need is by donating those items that you don’t use anymore- things that still have lots of life and love left to give, that you or your kids have outgrown and would mean so much more to people who need them (come on, are the few rupees you would get trying to sell a pair of kid’s shoes to your neighbors really worth it?)
We all have things we haven’t so much as thought about in months gathering dust in a closet somewhere. Maybe you‘ve just done a big spring clean or are packing up to leave India in the next few months, why not think about donating those items to places where they are really needed and will be so appreciated?
YOUR HOUSEHOLD STAFF
For some of us, our household help can begin to feel like family. It’s lovely to be able to pass on items someplace where you know exactly who will be using them.
THINGS THEY CAN USE: kitchen appliances, men’s clothing, kids items, kids clothes, furniture, computers, sewing machines, etc.
THINGS THEY CAN’T USE: western women’s clothing (this may be a generalization but most maids we’ve asked would not wear the western clothing themselves, however, some may still want them to try and sell it to earn money instead or for church)
CHILDREN’S CLOTHES, TOYS + ITEMS
TYPE OF ORGANIZATION: This NGO works with Dream India Network to provide foster housing to shelter children. Today 54 homes are opened welcoming more than 400 children. Find out more about Casa Foundation here on The Vine.
THINGS THEY WILL TAKE: toys, clothing, shoes, games, sporting equipment, educational supplies for kids aged 4-12, furniture (desks), appliances (printers, speakers, computers, kitchen items), younger aged toys and diapers for their disabled children, sanitary products, training bras
THINGS THEY CAN’T USE: baby clothes
LOCATION: CENTRAL Casa Cottage, 2, Clapham Street, Richmond Town, Behind Richmond Town Post Office, 56002
TYPE OF ORGANIZATION: Jagruthi operates 2 crèches & 2 home care centres for children who are at risk/ sexually exploited/abused or who have been infected/affected by HIV. They also run a 350 strong school, MEG School in Doddigunta, a slum area of Bangalore
THINGS THEY WILL TAKE: gently used baby/ young children’s clothes, learning toys (blocks, legos, soft-toys), books, school texts, sporting items
THINGS THEY CAN’T USE: battery operated toys
CONTACT: Renu Appachu- Director, 98451 16586, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.jagruthi.org
LOCATION: NORTH Kailath Memorial House 87/89 Rama Krishnappa Road, Cox Town, 560005
TYPE OF ORGANIZATION: A residential School for the Visually Impaired and sighted-underprivileged
THINGS THEY WILL TAKE: all clothing for children 5 years to adult men and women
LOCATION: CENTRAL/ NORTH/ SOUTH Indiranagar, Devanahalli, Arakavathi
TYPE OF ORGANIZATION: This local nonprofit’s goal is to reach out to the youngest children of migrant communities in Bangalore because the babies and children in migrant communities are the most vulnerable to hunger, malnutrition, disease, and lack of education. For the most part, they have concentrated their effort in the Munnekollal, Krishnappa Garden and Nagavarapalya Communities. Find out more about LINKS here on The Vine.
THINGS THEY WILL TAKE: toiletries, kids items, toys and crafts for their camps
CHILD CARE INDIA
TYPE OF ORGANIZATION: CCI runs a home for 35 boys who have been orphaned, abandoned or come from very disadvantaged homes. They also run a school for 301 disadvantaged children, KG to 8th Standard. Supports, when finances are available, up to 1600 children in 60 surrounding villages, slums and quarries.
THINGS THEY WILL TAKE: kitchenware (cutlery, knives, utensils, plates, dishes, glasses) any furniture (tables, dining tables & chairs, shelves, racks & almirahs), children’s playthings, storybooks, dictionaries, word games for children age 4 to 15 years, 2 wheelers (used scooters or motorbikes)
CONTACT: Father Gerard- Head of the Charity, 88672 44226/Irene- Administrator, 85536 31608, email@example.com
LOCATION: EAST No 70, (behind Petra Nilaya Convent), Kannur Village Post, 562149
TYPE OF ORGANIZATION: Shanti Bhavan is a caring home and exceptional school exclusively for children born into India’s lowest social and economic classes. It supports children from the age of 4 until their first job. Find out more about Shanti Bhavan here on The Vine.
THINGS THEY WILL TAKE: learning resources and materials (sand toys, stickers, arts and craft materials), western clothes for children aged 4-18 years old
LOCATION: CENTRAL Baliganapalli, Hosur Taluk Bagalur Krishnagiri, Baliganapalli, Tamil Nadu 635103 (Drop off can be done in Bangalore)
WOMEN’S CLOTHING + ACCESSORIES
TYPE OF ORGANIZATION: A residential facility for the mentally ill, destitute women whose primary goal is the psychosocial rehabilitation of vagrant / wandering women found on the streets of Bangalore
THINGS THEY WILL TAKE: Women’s clothing, mattresses, sheets, towels curtains, carpets, electronics (computer, television, music player), hair clips, bangles & accessories, sewing machines, exercise machines
THINGS THEY CAN’T USE: items for children or men
CONTACT: Joby Verghese- Trustee, 98452 20194, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.vision-india.net.in
LOCATION: NORTH EAST Abayahsram, Kattamnallur, Virgonagar Post, 560049
TYPE OF ORGANIZATION: A crèche for 180 children of domestic workers & construction workers from the slums around Indiranagar. Also supporting the Resurrection School (250 older children). Operating 5 evening centres which provide help with homework and tutoring, and organize weekly Children’s Parliaments to empower 600 children aged 10-18
THINGS THEY WILL TAKE: children western or Indian clothes for kids of all ages, women’s Indian clothes, kitchen and electrical appliances, furniture
THINGS THEY CAN’T USE: Women’s western clothing
CONTACT: Sr. Lalamma, email@example.com, 94828 16941, presentationopindia.org
LOCATION: CENTRAL 12, Michael Palya, 80 Feet Road, Indiranagar, 560038
TYPE OF ORGANIZATION: The Preloved Co collects used but well-preserved clothes and sells them for money which is then all donated to different charities who can use the cash more so than used clothes. TPC will sell them at flea markets and hold special shopping pop-up events!
THINGS THEY WILL TAKE: great condition Western and Indian clothes
THINGS THEY CAN’T USE: stained or torn clothes
CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org, Facebook Page
LOCATION: at different locations and events
MEDICAL SUPPLIES, KITCHEN ITEMS, TOILETRIES, FURNITURE, BOOKS + MORE
TYPE OF ORGANIZATION: 73-bed facility with the aim of improving the quality of life of Advanced Stage Cancer patients. Health care professionals provide personal care, emotional support, respite care, symptom control, appropriate nutrition and bereavement support
THINGS THEY WILL TAKE: Provisions, medical supplies: absorbent cotton and gauze, gloves, mask, adult diapers, washing and sanitary supplies, books. They also have a shop that sells donated items for fundraising
CONTACT: Georjo Pius– Manager Public Relations, 98802 33578, georjo.p@ karunashraya.org, www.karunashraya.org
LOCATION: EAST Old Airport Varthur Main Road, Kundalahalli Gate, Marathahalli, 560037
TYPE OF ORGANIZATION: Home of Hope runs a home for destitute & dying people who are picked up off the streets of Bangalore. They provide medical treatment, long-term rehabilitation & a dignified place to end their days. There are about 700 people including men, women, kids and babies.
THINGS THEY WILL TAKE: Clothing for babies and children, toiletries like soaps, toothpaste, washing soaps, Dettol, Phenyl etc., towels, sheets, medicine, food (veggies and grains,rice, sugar, dahl, coffee, tea, chillies, tamarind, spices, peanuts), footwear for men and women, computers, personal hygiene (toothbrushes & paste, shaving blades, electric shaver & hair clipper, washing soaps, medicines, baby oil), school stationery for children
Check out their updated list of needs here
CONTACT: email@example.com, 080-65997274/ 080-28445509,
LOCATION: NORTH 5th Cr, KRC Road.Dodda Gubbi Village, Ashirwad Nagar, Sonam Layout, Visthar, 560077
TYPE OF ORGANIZATION: Working with people who have physical, intellectual, vision and hearing impairment by providing specialist equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, modified scooters to increase mobility; free physiotherapy, women empowHER training, government advocacy, diabetes awareness, and prevention and runs Mithra special needs school
THINGS THEY WILL TAKE: Kitchen equipment (coffee maker, tea flask), electronics (projector, television, 3 pen drives), furniture (plastic chairs, office chairs, outdoor, wooden bench), children’s craft items and soft toys, maintenance; 30 feet of anti-bird netting and ceiling fan
THINGS THEY CAN’T USE: any clothing
CONTACT: Krupa Paulson 9886 194706/ Selvanayagam 98441 64312, firstname.lastname@example.org/ email@example.com www.provisionasia.org
LOCATION: NORTH No. 30/1, 1st B Main Road, 2nd cross, Athmananda Colony, Near Sultan Palaya Bus Stand, RT Nagar PO, 560032
TYPE OF ORGANIZATION: The ACCEPT Society runs an HIV/AIDS Care and Support Centre, as well as a home for HIV+ orphans, home for elderly needy ones, a nursing home for non-HIV needy ones
THINGS THEY WILL TAKE: Kitchen and food serving items, groceries, washing machines, children’s games, toys and books, water purifiers, disposable medical supplies like masks and gloves
THINGS THEY CAN’T USE:
CONTACT: Babu Mathew- Administrator, 98459 85730, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.acceptindia.org
LOCATION: NORTH 245 K.R.C. Road (next to Visthar) Dodda Gubbi P.O., 560077
TYPE OF ORGANIZATION: A center for aged, ill, destitute and mentally challenged adults
THINGS THEY WILL TAKE: Books & recreational items for mentally challenged adults, sofa sets, kitchen utensils, appliances like mixers and pressure cookers, Indian clothing for women
THINGS THEY CAN’T USE: children’s items
CONTACT: Lissy Gregory- Secretary, 9448 162661, email@example.com
LOCATION: SOUTH F-3 Villa Ranka Colony, Bilekahalli, Bannerghatta Road, 560076
THE OLD + THE BROKEN
Maybe there are some things that really have no life left in them. Ensure that they actually reach a proper place and don’t end up being dumped on the road somewhere. Contact WasteWinn and these recyclers will take your old unusable items.
TYPE OF ORGANIZATION: WasteWinn will take your old waste and make sure that it doesn’t just end up in the dump yard!
THINGS THEY WILL TAKE: anything! old mattresses, pillows, wooden waste, metals, fittings, paint cans, coconut shells, even discarded EwC and toilets, etc.
CONTACT: Priyadarshini, 96321 43090, wastewinn.in
ANYTHING + EVERYTHING + EASY PICKUP!
TYPE OF ORGANIZATION: This website makes it super simple to make non-cash donations to an NGO in your area that is in need of your items! For a small convenience fee of Rs. 199 (or you can also drop them off yourself for free) they’ll then send someone to your place to pick-up and drop the items off directly at that NGO.
THINGS THEY WILL TAKE: clothes, footwear, electronics, furniture, kitchenware, mattresses, stationary, toys, woolens
DONATE YOUR CHILD’S BIRTHDAY PRESENTS
TYPE OF ORGANIZATION: This website helps you donate what could be, a table of unwanted gifts from friends and family to a needy organization in the form of cash! You’ll be able to create an event, select the charity of your choice and send the invite to all your friends. From here SCIFT will be able to accept donations instead of physical presents and transfer these funds to the charity (a processing fee will be taken). Charities include Casa Foundation, Manuvikasa, Compassion Unlimited Plus Action, Ashraya and Shibu Mandir.