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
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
R K Foundation
Make clothes donation to their 'Vastra - The Clothes Bank'. You may drop them off at one of their 5 collection centres in Bangalore. These clothes are sorted according to size, gender and purpose and stacked in the foundation’s collection centre to facilitate easy distribution. These clothes thereafter make their way to community organisations and civil society
No 2 New Raja Building , 2nd Floor , N R Road, Bangalore 560002
K. Venkateshwaran: 098451 15256, Sumathi Rangachar: 098454 53403
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.
Smile Welfare Foundation
Works for the upliftment of underprivileged children. Used children's clothes in good condition may be donated.
#4, Vivekanandha Street, Annai Indira Nagar, Velachery, Chennai 600042
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: 98101 96688, Naman: 97173 45363
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
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
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
'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
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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Vasant Dasharath Ahire firstname.lastname@example.org 8007855113
I stay at Nashik and have usable used clothes which we want to donate to needy poor people.
Swati Save email@example.com 9820395954
Wish to donate my late Father's tshirts and shirts from US and in good condition to boys who go to work !
Hari firstname.lastname@example.org 9600551425
Hi, I live in Pondicherry. I want to donate my old clothes, which are usable condition. How could I donate them?
Vijay Kumar email@example.com 9953039006
I am staying at Palam Colony, Delhi-45. I would like to know whether
Girish from AP firstname.lastname@example.org 95813 54089
We like to donate our used clothes. We live in Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh, If you could help it will be a pleasure. Thank you.
Hi , I would like to schedule old clothes pick up from my house. Please guide me with the process for the same. Regards
Tahar Hussain email@example.com 9985955408
I want donate used and unused clothes
Krish Iyer firstname.lastname@example.org 8369750147
Have used clothes, please let's know a drop off point or orphanage in Vashi, Navi Mumbai. 400703
Geetanjali Rana email@example.com 94377 65708
I want to donate some of my clothes in good condition which I can't use any further. Pl provide a drop-off point in Bhubaneswar, near Lingraj temple if possible.