Many among India’s poor and underprivileged are short of adequate clothing. Clothes donation not only make lives of the underprivileged better but also promote the eco-friendly concept of recycling.
In our urban homes, we have clothes that do not fit us anymore. As children grow up, they outgrow their clothes every year. So instead of storing the old clothes or throwing them away, donate used clothes because what is waste for you could be a resource for the less fortunate.
Places to donate old clothes are many in India. You may donate old clothes to charities directly or you may hand-over the donation to an intermediary organization. Both kinds of organizations and institutions are listed under 'Whom You Can Contact?' below.
Clothing donations received at intermediary organizations are sorted out and mended by sewing, if need be. Tattered or torn used clothes are processed to make sanitary pads or socks. Clothes fit for use are packed and transported for distribution to rural poor and urban slum-dwellers or to organizations and NGOs running residential schools for the underprivileged, orphanages, old-age homes, children's homes, shelters etc.
Collection methods vary widely and are dependent on every organization’s resources. Some organizations have arrangements in place for clothing donation pickup from homes and offices. Some have set up drop-off points in cities where the used clothing can be left. It is also true that many institutions lack the means to collect used clothing and request that the old clothes may be delivered at the institution’s location. In such cases, donors located in the same city as the organization can do the needful.
16 Locations all over India (Offices & Dropping Centres)
Donate used clothes which are in usable condition at their nearest drop-off point. Goonj sorts, mends and packs the clothes and distributes them to poor in cities. Waste cloth is turned into sanitary pads and handed over to women in villages.
HO: J-93, Sarita Vihar, New Delh 110076
HO: 011-4140 1216, 2697 2351
Apang Manav Mandal
Organisation devoted to educating and uplifting the physically challenged. Operate boy’s hostel and girl’s hostel at different campuses. You may donate old clothes and woollens.
Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Road, Behind ATIRA, Ahmedabad 380015
079-2630 2643, 2630 8156
Clothes are collected from donors which in turn are given to the needy in rural areas. To arrange a pickup from your doorstep, please fill up and submit their 'Request for Pickup' form below.
Kapda Bank by Haroon Mukati Islamic Centre (HMIC)
Each person who signs-on to Kapda Bank is requested to 'deposit' new clothes or old clothes in usable condition. The poor, aged, sick or the unemployed people can come to the Kapda Bank and 'withdraw' clothes that fit them.
Jinsi Baijipura Road, Aurangabad 431001
'Vastra - The Clothes Bank' of R K Foundation
Drop-off the clothes at one of their 5 collection centres in Bangalore. These clothes are sorted according to size, gender and purpose and distributed to community organisations serving the underprivileged.
No 2 New Raja Building , 2nd Floor , N R Road, Bangalore 560002
K. Venkateshwaran: 098451 15256, Sumathi Rangachar: 098454 53403
Holy Family Home for the Aged
You can only donate women's clothes suitable for women aged above 60. Also welcome are dry rations like rice, dal, pulses etc.
No.90, Ring Road, Veeranpalya, Nagawara, Bangalore 560045
80254 44360, 99860 57498
This NGO works for the welfare of children and youth affected by HIV/AIDS. Items requested are Woolens, Sarees, Salwar/Suit, Trousers, Shirts, Clothing, Kurta-Pyjamaas, Bed-Sheets & Blankets, Curtains
Ashakiran Children Care Home, Jain Basti Galli, Near Harsha Hotel, Ramtirth Nagar, Belgaum 590015
91645 75327, 84949 45327
'Old Clothes Scheme' of Rajasthan Cosmo Club Foundation
Under this Program, people are urged to deliver old cloth donation to their office. The collected clothes are mended (if required), washed, neatly ironed, segregated into various categories and sizes and packed in poly bags. These reconditioned clothes are then distributed to the needy people and organizations across India.
28, Noor Veerasamy Lane, Nungambakkam, Chennai 600034
Isai Prakash and his team collect used clothes from donors who approach them. The clothes will be first segregated followed by washing and pressing. These will then gift-wrapped and handed over to orphanages in Chennai.
96770 85646, 99416 51168.
'Rahat - A Gift of Warmth' Initiative by Prayaas Corps
Donate your used blankets and woolens to help the underprivileged of Delhi combat winter.
WZ-654/5-A, G NO:18-E, Sadh Nagar II, Palam, New Delhi 110045
Clothes Box Foundation
If you want to make old clothing donation, post a message on their Facebook page and then drop the clothes at the nearest Clothes Box Foundation donation centre, who then sorts, segregates and distributes to the needy. A picture is clicked of the clothing with the tag in the hand of the needful and is posted on the Facebook page.
Sajan Abrol: 78383 71356
This endearing initiative by Kuku Sharma is a daycare centre for local slum children who receive food, education and healthcare facilities. Used clothes in good condition which are suitable for children between 2 and 18 years may be donated. Other needy items are baby goods for the younger kids, toys, stationary etc. Call number below for pickup.
63, Kehar Singh Estate, Saidulajab, Near PVR Cinema, Saket, New Delhi 110030
Uday Foundation works to improve the lives of children as well as the homeless. Their slogan is 'Donate Clothes, Change Lives'. Used cloth donation is for children and adults is most welcome.
113A/1 Near Govardhan Resturant, Adhchini, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi 110017
011-2656 1444, 2656 1333
Urja Yog Foundation
This Foundation collects old clothes from people and distributes them to the needy.
724, C-1 Shakti Khand- 4, Indirapuram ,Ghaziabad
99102 69267, Ritesh: 99535 93261, 95600 82883, Govind: 97172 72520
Clothes Bank of Xavier's Foundation
Clothes may be deposited at their office or alternately volunteers shall collect the same form your location. The clothes are sorted and undergo a need-based repairing. Distribution is through the existing network of Xavier's Foundation.
Xavier’s Foundation, Rajgarh Main Road, House No. 8 & 9, Guwahati 781003
0361–245 8009, 98640 22265, 98540 55969
'Clothes Donation' by Vikasa Tarangini Sriramnagaram
Distribute clothes, blankets, and towels to the homeless who spend nights on foot paths and railway platforms with barely having anything to cover.
Muchintal Road, Palmakol P.O, Samshabad, Hyderabad 509325
95535 49971, 95535 49972
Pratham Social Foundation
You can directly drop the winter clothing that you wish to donate at their place or you could ask them about the locations where you could personally go and distribute.
G2 Neha Apartment, 3 Lal Bagh Road, Opp Collector Office, Indore 452001
0731-201 8707, 94245 12122.
Manna Children's Home
They feed, shelter, educate and provide medical care to children in Jaipur. You may donate children's clothes which are in good condition.
22, Heera Nagar Vistar, Near 200 Feet Bypass Road, Jaipur
Sankalp runs 11 centres across the country providing free-of-cost education to more than 650 kids. Donate children's clothes, men's & women's clothes, maternity clothes, baby clothes, shoes, boots etc. Goods will be collected from your doorstep.
72096 32032, 90319 75746
Vastra Bank by Rao Foundation
Vastra Bank receives as donation both new and used clothing and this is distributed to people living in poverty, making no distinction of age, gender etc. Their volunteers keep meeting people in various depressed areas to locate the most needy persons.
C/O Dr Jahan Singh, 117/178 A1 Q Block, Sharda Nagar, Kanpur 208025
93079 27197, 97943 03333, 0512-258 2109
'Blanket Distribution Drive' by Ammucare Charitable Trust
Ammucare's volunteers come out on streets every year at midnights during winters to distribute blankets to the needy. This endeavour to help people living on streets to fight winters has been continuing from more than a decade.
Pathirisseri, Puthur, P.O. Palakkad 678001
Used Clothes for Orphanages in Kerala
Please donate used clothes for men, women & kids. Ensure that the clothes are clean, mended and if possible pressed. Send the packet by post parcel or courier. Goods will be handed the following 3 orphanages where 1,500 inmates reside: SS Samithi, Gandhibhavan & Gandhibhavan Saranalayam.
Sorting / Grading Centre: Kochuvila Veedu, Ambipoyka PO, Kundara, Kollam 691501
ClothesForHelp.org by Responsible Charity
Need following for families living in slums and villages near Kolkata: Clothes donation for all ages, belts, bags, scarfs and winter wear. Do not give worn-out or stained clothes, undergarments, socks or shoes.
Kolkata: (a) 22 Saktigarh Road, Jadavpur, Kolkata 700032 (b) INFI Lounge – Salt Lake Area, FE 298, Salt Lake City, Bidhan Nagar 700106
Kolkata: Ria Banerjee. Pune: Dhanashree Made
Kolkata: (a) Jadavpur: 033-4004 8442 (b) Salt Lake: 98318 64222
Pune: 86052 71255
Cloth Bank by 'Zaroorat - A Need'
They accept old usable clothes in washed condition, with buttons, zippers etc intact. These clothes are distributed among the needy and poor. Either deliver at the address below or call them for collection from home.
Indian National Youth Foundation, 450/128/32A, Friends Colony, Muftiganj, Chowk, Lucknow 226003
73094 68054, 89310 90308
'Kapda Bank' by Mumbai Dabbawalas
If you wish to donate clothes for poor, please hand over the same to your dabbawala at the time of tiffin delivery. Prior to that, you can call the numbers below. Dabbawalas deliver the clothes to the needy in Mumbai's slums as well as people living in tribal areas of Palghar, Thane.
Mumbai Jevandabbe Vahatuk Mahamandal, Mumbai
98672 21310, 86527 60542
This home, run by Missionaries of Charity of Mother Teresa, has around 400 inmates including runaway kids, HIV+ women with their kids, destitute women and men. Old but usable clothes, utensils and books are welcome but have to be delivered at their location.
Sankli Street, Behind Byculla Fire Station, Byculla West, Mumbai 400008
Garment Distribution by Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust
If you have used clothes they are ready to collect them from your end for free distribution to poor and needy people. Call the numbers listed below for clothing donation pickup. Till date over 9 lakh garments have been distributed.
5th Floor, Vasant Vilas, 31, DD Sathye Marg, Mumbai 400004
74989 89292, 022-6522 8930
Seams for Dreams
An initiative by actress Evelyn Sharma. Used clothing may be delivered to the address below. Based on the condition of the clothing, it is distributed to their affiliated NGOs or sold at their fundraiser garage sales or is sent for recycling.
Corinthian, 3rd Floor, Link Road, Khar West, Mumbai 400052
Give for Pune
All donated used goods are sorted, washed, stitched or darned, ironed and packaged before handing over to needy. Items: Blankets, Pillows, Bed-sheets, Woolens, Saris, Shirts, T-shirts, Trousers, Pants, Jeans, Socks etc.
Prof. Rishi Aacharya: 88888 08108
Donate old usable clothes which are sold at nominal prices to waste pickers and other urban poor. The clothes need to be washed, mended (if buttons or zippers are missing), ironed. Please pack men's, women's & children's clothes in separate bags. Call them to note drop-off location.
Kothrud Kachra Depot, Paud Road, Kothrud, Pune 411038
"For You", a Citizens Foundation Initiative
Donate clothes, bed sheets, blankets as well as books, stationary, utensils, toys, shoes, sporting goods etc. These items will be sorted, packaged, transported and distributed to the rural areas and urban slums throughout Jharkhand. Items will be coolected from donor's home.
7, Betar Kendra, Niwaranpur, Ranchi 834002
0651-248 1777, 248 2777, 320 5777
Neki ki Deewar (Wall of Kindness)
This is a kiosk where old and new clothes are distributed to homeless and needy. The kiosk is open daily between 9.30 am to 12.30 pm. Similar kiosks are likely to open at Sigra and Sunderpur areas of Varanasi.
Ravindrapuri Colony, Bhelupura, Varanasi 221010
Child Aid Foundation (CAF)
CAF serves needy through a children's hostel, a high school and a project to support education of poor children.
CAF Road, Patamatalanka, Vijayawada 520015
Donate old usable clothes suitable for children (boys and girls). Drop the goods at their premises after calling them in advance.
88011 10786, 88013 73123
Serve Needy Voluntary Organisation
'Old Clothes Donation' drives are conducted regularly in housing colonies. Others can also approach them and donate. The old clothes are distributed to needy at boys hostel, old age home etc.
Door No. 44-14/3-17/1B, Tungam Ramulu Street, Madhura Nagar, Vijayawada.
Bharat: 96662 82818, Kalyan: 92912 86033, Bhanu: 96766 53069
They accept donations of used clothing, nutritious foods, books and toys from local stores and individuals. The donated goods are given to needy people from rural and tribal areas. Items can be picked-up from your store/house.
7-1-75, Chinna Waltair, Kirlampudi Layout, Visakhapatnam 530017
If you are based in USA and wish to donate clothes, books and toys to the needy underprivileged in India, contact Universal Relocations in USA. They will ship the goods free of cost to India and hand over the same to designated NGOs and orphanages in Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad.
Toll-free numbers - India: 1800-103-7356, USA: 1-888-323-7356
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