Where Can I Donate My…….

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RDMs are a generous bunch and as such, the question “Where can I donate XYZ?” often comes up in the RDM Facebook Group. With he help of some wonderful group members we’ve pulled together a list of local options to guide you in the right direction. Of course, if you are aware of a great collection point that isn’t listed please let us know via email.

Important note: When donating items, please be sure they are in full working order, clean and in good condition. Most charities are run by volunteers and many not have the time or means to fix and clean donations. Also, people in need can feel empowered by good quality donations so let’s move away from the “well it’s better than nothing” mindset. 

 

Clothes

  • Fitted for Work or Dress for success – donate high quality corporate wear and accessories. Ensure that all items donated are freshly dry-cleaned / laundered and ironed, not more than 5 years old, and suitable for wearing to job interviews
  • H&M – offers a discount on purchases for donations of clothes (in any condition)
  • Shoes For Planet Earth – collects new and pre-loved running shoes for people in need around the world
  • Charity Bins (various locations)

 

Towels

  • Operation Towel – towels are distributed to animal shelters, rescuers and pounds
  • Annual Welfare League NSW – collects towels, blankets and any other items to help the cats and dogs in their care 

 

Bras

  • Uplift Project – collects new and used bras for disadvantaged women in isolated Indigenous Australian communities, in the Philippines and in the Solomon Islands

 

Books

  • Footpath Library – gives away free books to homeless people living on the street in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth
  • Lifeline – Gordon is our nearest Lifeline store

 

Furniture and Other Household Equipment

  • The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre – they offer a free collection service for household furniture and items that are in good usable condition. They also accept bikes, some electronic appliances, small quantities of building materials, bric-a-brac, kitchenware and books
  • Sports Equipment – give your pre-loved sports equipment a new life in the hands of those less fortunate
  • Vinnies North Ryde, Vinnies West Ryde, Vinnies Epping – welcomes the donation of quality furniture pieces and will organise the collection of furniture in good condition
  • Salvos – call or fill out the online form to arrange a collection of large items you can’t deliver yourself

 

Mattresses

 

Nappies

  • The Nappy Collective – twice a year the (October and May) unused nappies are collected and distributed to women’s shelters, refugees and families in crisis 

 

Stationary

  • Got a Pen? – collects and distributes NEW stationery to students who don’t have what they need to actively participate in their learning at school on a daily basis
  • Second Life Stationary – collects and distributes GENTLY USED school supplies for students in need of a helping hand

 

Toys

  • Peninsula Seniors Toy Recyclers – recycles toys and donates them to charities free of charge
  • MS bin outside Gladesville Sporties accepts amongst others, soft toys
  • Vinnies bin on Coxs Rd

 

Food

  • NICU Food From the Heart – supports parents who have babies staying in the Neonatal intensive care unit in North Sydney byproviding healthy and fresh fruit and packaged snacks. Donations or contributions include but are not limited to, whole fresh fruit, muesli bars, cereals, yogurt pods, fruit and nuts, healthy juices, Up and go’s and snack packs
  • North Ryde Community Aid – an emergency food program sustained through donations of non perishable food items from caring local residents, church and community groups

 

Breast Milk

  • Eats On Feets – a world-wide network for those who have made the informed choice to share breastmilk

 

Glasses

  • Lions Eye Health and Recycle For Sight Programs – distributes regraded spectacles to many parts of the world to Lions Clubs, Rotary Clubs and other humanitarian organisations for distribution to poor people in need at no expense or obligation on the recipient

 

Helping People and Families in Need

  • The Movement – helps those in need, those going through financial hardship. The movement offer assistance in food hampers, clothing and furniture
  • Mummies Paying it Forward – collects donations of new and pre-loved items such as children’s clothes, men’s clothes, toys, toiletries and more and distribute them directly to selected charities
  • North Shore Mums Smiles 2U – provides care packages to mums and children during a hospital stay. Donate new craft items, pencils/crayons, stickers, colouring in books, activity books (such as Sudoko) iTunes vouchers etc (for the kids) and creams, lip gloss, toothbrushes, toothpastes, deodorant (non-spray) pens, mini shampoo/conditioner and body wash (for the mums)
  • Mums4Refugees – supports asylum seekers and refugees by donating good quality fridges, washing machines, beds, lounges, computers, pots & pans, rice cooker, cots, prams, mobile phones. Provide practical assistance to asylum seekers through detention centre visits, conducting donation drives to collect and distribute material aid and by engaging in community-building activities. Join the Facebook group to find out how you can help
  • Dandelion Support Network – accepts, sorts, and safety checks nursery items, clothes, toys and linen for babies and kids. Once prepared, the donations are then passed on to families in need through referrals from social workers at hospitals and welfare agencies, free of charge
  • Share the Dignity – donate sanitary items to ensure every woman has dignity when dealing with her monthly period. They also accept handbags – donate a handbag you no longer use and fill it with items that would make a woman feel special

 

Finally, you could try the RYDE NORTHERN DISTRICTS BUY, SWAP & SELL Facebook group or try the Ryde & Epping areas FREE STUFF Facebook group.

 

 

 

2 Responses

  1. Vanessa

    Breast Milk can also be donated via Human Milk for Human Babies – a facebook group which services women and babies all over Australia.

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