Donate those old clothes this Independence Day!
By Staff Reporter | Published: August 15 2010
That too tight dress or shirt need not become rags to clean furniture. There are various clothes bank in the city, which help the poor and needy with the donated clothes. So this Independence Day, donate your old clothes and make a difference!
Do you have old clothes piling up and invading your closet space? Then it’s time to donate them. This Independence day, take some time out to clean your closet and donate them to the needy. Clothing donations help people in need and can provide funding for charities at the same time. Where should you donate? There are a large number of organizations and causes that use your clothes for charitable acts. Here are a few places where you can donate in Bangalore.
The foundation tries to create a bridge between people and non governmental organizations involved in services relating to health care and human services. Vastra - The Clothes Bank - was conceived from the desire to ensure that the needy have both. Set up by the R.K. Foundation, Vastra provides both new and used clothing to people living in poverty, making no distinction of age, gender, race, colour, religion, ability or nation of origin. In order to do this effectively, Vastra partners with other non-profit organizations working in the areas of health, education, human care and other services. You can donate used or surplus clothing, used clothes your children have outgrown. Also they accept all kinds of clothes for men, women and children of all ages and sizes - trousers, jeans, shorts, skirts, T-shirts, shirts, sarees, salwar-kameezes, diapers, towels and bed sheets. In the month of July R.K Foundation received 6375 pieces of clothes and distributed it to various organizations across the city.
Donation Center: # 2 & 3, New Raja Building, 2nd Flr, N. R. Road. Ph - 080-6559 4809
Goonj, is a voluntary organization, known as one of the first organization worldwide to take up ‘Clothing” as a development subject. Goonj, is a community project which distributes second-hand clothing and household items to needy areas of India. It sends out 40,000 items every month. In the last ten years, Goonj has been channelising the urban India’s underutilized material like clothing, school material, as development resources in far-flung villages of India. The NGO convinces people to donate old clothes, which are to be thrown away; the organization processes them into finished garments. For example, tattered rags are processed into garments like socks etc. What started as a small initiative on a chilly night in Delhi has now spread its wings across 21 states in the country. The idea is to enable widespread distribution centers reaching scores of needy people. Also it is mandatory to call before going to the centre, to check their availability and they do not accept dirty and damaged clothes.
Donation Centrer: #326, 22nd Main, BTM 2nd Stage, Ms. Smitha Anand (9986213181)
Add:2 Walker Lane, Richmond Town, Jennifer Abraham (22240624/ 9341941 539)
Nirmala Shishu Bhavan
Nirmala Shishu Bhavan, run by the Missionaries of Charity, is a home for abandoned and destitute children, including children with special needs. It provides, shelter, food, clothes and medical care. And also makes sure children attend regular school. They welcome help in the form of books, clothes, toys, medicines and donations. They use the collected material as resource for school material and toys to support slum schools. You can donate as many good quality items of clothing as you can. The clothes bank is good for donors as well because while disposing your old clothes you would be doing charity by ensuring that these clothes reach the children free of cost. The bank accepts clothes of only children and also welcomes bed sheets, towels, blankets and other such necessities.
Donation Centre: #4 Paezold Road, Hennur Main Road. Ph – 25474993