Many among India’s poor and underprivileged are short of multipole items for basic living. Organisations and NGOs running orphanages, old-age homes, children's homes, shelters, schools for underprivileged etc too need a wide range of items, right from utensils to blankets. Donated new items or second-hand goods which are in usable condition are of real help to such individuals and organisations. Donating used items also promotes the eco-friendly concept of recycling. What is waste for you is resource for the less fortunate. So instead of throwing away something, donate it!
Some of the most useful items for the needy are clothes, footwear, bags, suitcases, bedsheets, blankets, books, stationary, utensils, mobile phones, appliances, electronic items etc. In addition, groceries, fruits and vegetables are required on a ongoing regular basis.
The received goods are sorted out and cleaned. Appliances and electronics items are repaired, if they are non-functional. Thereafter the items are packed and transported for distribution either directly to rural poor and urban slum-dwellers or to NGOs running residential schools for the underprivileged, orphanages, homes for elderly etc.
Collection methods vary widely and are dependent on every organisation’s resources. Some organisations have set-up drop-off points in cities where the used goods can be handed over. Drop-off points can be found in housing societies, malls etc which are manned by volunteers. In other cases, a donor can contact the organisation on phone and their volunteer will meet the donor at a convenient place and collect the goods. Occasionally, depending on quantity, some organisations are able to collect from homes, corporate offices etc.
‘Parcel of Happiness’ initiative by Go Pigeon
This initiative has been launched by Pigeon, India’s leading courier and delivery company. Donate items like clothes, bags, books, medicines and other non-perishable goods which Pigeon will collect free of cost from your home and deliver the same to the less fortunate. To begin with, download the app.
Baale Mane Trust
Required: New: (a) New: Good quality pillows, sanitary pads/towels, bathing towels, underwear (petticoats/panties), cleaning Items (b) New or Second-hand: Good quality clothing, footwear, DVDs in English or Kannada that are suitable for children, stationary, laptops.
No 121, Gopalapura, Railway Gollahalli Post, Bangalore
Share At Door Step (SADS)
Donate old clothes, books, and other household goods. From their website select the NGO to whom you wish to donate. Thereafter schedule a pickup by SADS who will deliver the goods to the chosen NGO for a convenience fee of Rs 199 per pickup.
They collect all your used/old news papers, note books, magazines & any other paper related items and in exchange, provide new useful books that you may wish to read.
Shop No 2, Venkatesh Building, Near Balaji Nursing Home, Shanthi Layout Main Road, Ramamurthy Nagar, Bangalore 560016
VFT Aarti Home (Vijay Foundation Trust)
VFT Aarti Home at Kadapa (AP) provides shelter and education to girls in order to combat the cycle of female abandonment, mistreatment and infanticide. Please dial the phone nos to note the addresses of locations in Hyderabad and Bangalore where various used items can be handed over.
08562-247 106, 94402 80111
To donate a new or used product, go to 'Donate' page and enter details. A volunteer will come to your doorstep for a scheduled pickup. The items will be given to needy individuals, Trusts and NGOs.
2/279, Indira Nagar, Manapakkam, Chennai 600116,
This home for destitute and aged men and women needs items for day-to-day functioning like groceries, bed-sheets, blankets, shirts, pants, sarees etc.
No.1, Kalluri Salai, Koluthuvanchery, Paraniputhur, Chennai 602101
C Selvaraj Bovas, Edgar Jones Paul, I Daniel Pradeep
044-2476 7763, 2476 6530
They run a home for deprived children & also conduct computer classes, operate a medical clinic and have a library for general public. You may donate provisions, stationary, books, medicines etc.
#1/23, 1st Street, South Highcourt Colony, Villivakkam, Chennai 600049
Pathway serves thousands of poor every month by providing medical, psychiatric, pediatric and dental care. Used goods in good condition may be donated.
E 76/1 12th West Street, Kamraj Nagar, Tiruvanmiyur, Chennai 600041
044-2448 8366, 2448 3949, 98400 29352
This NGO seeks to uplift poor children & women from rural Tamil Nadu. Please hand over donations to their office of newly-bought school materials, clothes, toiletries, shoes, seeds, toys, medicines and school materials like notebooks, colouring pens, pencils, chalk boards, wall charts and reading books in English and Tamil for children up to the age of 14 years.
48, Periyar Nagar, Little Kanchipuram, Kanchipuram 631501 (2-1/2 hours away from Chennai)
04427-268 223, 94433 68393
At their various branches in Chennai, drop boxes have been placed in which old used spectacles can be dropped. The lenses are discarded and frames are polished and given to under-privileged people.
No. 18, College Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai 600006
Udavum Karangal (Helping Hands)
At their centres in Tamil Nadu, Udavaum Karangal takes care of over 2000 unfortunate humanity from new-born babies to the dying destitute. Donate to them in kind.
460, NSK Salai, Anna Nagar, Chennai
044-2621 6321, 2621 6421
American Welcome Association (AWA)
AWA has a Thrift Shop which either sells used items (with proceeds going to outreach efforts) or donates them directly to NGOs. Goods accepted are clothes, toys, household goods, appliances, DVDs, books, toiletries etc.
Panchsheel Marg, Gate D, American Embassy Compound, New Delhi
Anchal Charitable Trust
They care for hungry, abused, sick, neglected children by providing food, medical care, schooling and love. Require (a) Stationary (pencil boxes, crayon colours, water bottles, school bags) (b) Furniture & Fixtures (Almirah, plastic chairs, bulbs, plates, cups, pans) (c) Eatables (Glucose biscuits, fruit juices, rice)
Anchal House, F-16, Naveen Shahdara, Delhi 110032.
Sanjeev Sheel, 98111 73780
011-2212 3950, 2232 3409, 98111 73509
Care for Bharat
You can give away those old clothes, shoes, toys and a whole host of other things. On their portal select the NGO based on a cause which you really care about. If you don't want to select an NGO, select the “Let us choose an NGO for you” option on the NGOs section on the Pick Up form. Collection will be from your door step.
Dream Girl Foundation
They strive to improve the lives of girls by providing them education, shelter and clothing across the country. You may donate clothes and toys suitable for girl children of 1 to 14 years of age. Fill the form and they will contact you within 48 hours for picking of materials.
99F, B-Block, Surya Vihar, Gurgaon 122001
98731 33134, 0124-659 9945
Delhi-NCR and Other Cities
Donate materials like food, clothes, toys, books, newspapers, waste paper, computers for Lakshyam projects. Enquire with them as to where the items are required.
B 1/27 Ground Floor, Hauz Khaz, New Delhi 110016
95407 90002, 011-4015 4493
Need (a) Provisions: Soaps, detergent powder, shampoo, hair oil, talcum powder, tooth paste, Dettol (b) Academic needs: Long notebooks, school bags, geometry boxes, exam pads.
Survey No. 324, Dundigal Village, Qutbullapur Mandal, Ranga Reddy District, Hyderabad 500043
Their home for underprivileged young boys regularly requires bathing soaps, detergent soaps, detergent powder, shampoo sachets, hair oil, talcum powder, tooth paste, Dettol, graph books, maps (AP, Telengana, India), geometry boxes, pens, pencils, colour pencils, sketch pens.
D.NO.1-7-40/3, S S Nagar, Street No 8, Habsiguda, Hyderabad 500007
Annakshetra Foundation Trust
This organisation collects surplus untouched food and distributes it among the poor. The opeartions require donation of Used Cars and Trucks (for food transportation), Refrigerators and Deep Freezers (to save food for longer time), Water Coolers (for cool drinking water at food distribution points) and Utensils (for use at distribution points).
16, Shree Gopal Nagar, Near Mahesh Nagar Police Station, Gopalpura Bypass, Jaipur 302015,
Help In Suffering (HIS)
Donate food, medicines, supplies, bedding etc. HIS provides free, quality, emergency medical and surgical care for domesticated and street animals, regardless of age, whether they are ill or are victims of traumatic injuries or have been abused, starved and/or abandoned by their owners.
Maharani Farm, Durgapura, Jaipur 302018
0141-276 0012, 81072 99711
Jeevan Jyot Cancer Relief & Care Trust
To help cancer patients, please send unused medicines of any kind, books, clothes or toys to Jeevan Jyot who provide food, accommodation and guidance to cancer patients.
3/9, Kondaji Chawl, Jerbai Wadia Road, Parel, Mumbai 400012
022-2415 3453, 2412 5848
'Donate to Decorate' by Flying Hippies
Donate things you don't need and they will find a home among the underprivileged. Old clothes, utensils, crockery and the like are all welcome. You can leave the items at their drop-off points which are Ekta Nagar (Malad West), New Mhada (Powai), Sher e Punjab (Andheri East) & Yash Paradise (Airoli).
'Zaroorat - A Need' by Green Yatra
Donate following items in good condition: clothes, utensils, electrical appliances (washing machine, laptop, Mobile, computer etc.), bed sheets, toys, blankets, shoes, sporting goods, furniture, stationery, books. Items will be sorted, repaired, sewed, packaged, transported and distributed in rural areas and urban slums.
022-6588 6649, 99675 38049.
They seek donation of (mostly) unused clothing, shoes, jewellery, bags, belts, hats, caps, books, CDs, DVDs, lamp shades, small tables, chairs, toys, home decor items, stationary. These are sold at events called ‘The Thrift Shop’ and the proceeds are entirely donated to charities.
Would need following items: A/V projector, tablets, laptop, printer, camera, computer, file cupboard. Organisation concerned with education, vocational training for women and youth, preventing substance abuse amongst children.
7, Rear Helal Bldg, Dr. Mascarenhas Rd., Mazgaon, Mumbai 400010
Gene D'Silva, Founder and Secretary
Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust
Mumbai An organisation serving children and youth from underprivileged strata of society. Welcome donation of used (but in good condition) Toys, Garments, Books and Computers. They will get the items collected form your end.
5th Floor, Vasant Vilas, 31, DD Sathye Marg, Mumbai 400004
022-6150 6435, 2389 8930
Shrimad Rajchandra Love and Care
Seek donation of food-grains for on-going support to homes for the less-privileged & poor living on road-side. Their institutes also require computers, metal cupboards etc and you may enquire with them about specific requirements.
3rd Floor, Bhupati Chambers, Padmakar L Khandke Marg, Mathew Road, Opera House, Mumbai 400004.
Dhaval Mehta: 98200 51478
022-4002 3377, 4002 4477
You are welcome to donate clothes, toys, books, electronic goods, household goods. These are given to organisations serving the needy. Please send an email with a description of the goods, which will be collected by them if you are located between Jogeshwari and Colaba.
Navruz Vakil, Arshan Vakil, Riva Jhunjhunwala, Arti Vakil
022-2363 7635, 98211 27654
Zaroorat A Need - An initiative of Green Yatra
Donate old household stuff as clothes, toys, books, stationary and durable goods. They request that while handing over old things, the donor may also pay the transportation cost from their home/office to Mira Road. The organisation works with limited budget, hence this request.
Row House G-12, Mahavir Nagar, Idle Park, Near Orange Hospital, Mira Road (East) 401107
022-6588 6649, 99675 38049
This is a portal to connect a donor with an NGO. Register, submit details of items being donated and then portal puts you in touch with the NGO who needs the items. Goods that can be offered include clothes, books, footwear, furniture, utensils, games, dry ration etc.
Before you throw away any used/old item, publish the details on this page with or without pictures. It can be anything like a cooking pan, DVD movies, clothes or furniture. Someone else can find the item useful. Similarly, if you need something but cannot afford to buy it new and can settle for a used one, do post your requirement.
Aadhar Pratishthan Trust.
Donate things like books, clothes, and toys for children, computer accessories, electronics and food etc.
48/A, Sainagari Society, Opp Ganga Hospital, Chandan Nagar, Pune 411014
020-6510 4143, 98601 33100, 98906 30808
More Welfare Trust
Donate used pants, shirts, sarees, ladies' dresses, pots, toys, computers, furniture and other household items. These may be janded over at their collection camps in Karve Road, Kothrud, Sinhagarh Road, Pimpri Chinchwad, Nagar Road, Koregaon Park, Magarpatta and Shivane. The goods will be delivered to needy, underprivileged people.
More Petrol Pump, Shivne, Pune
99229 55533, 90110 40906, 90110 13330
The Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission
Need for boys/girls aged 6 to 18: Jeans, T shirts, boys shorts, raincoats, belts, hats, bags, toys, roller skates, badminton racquets, board games, library books, craft supplies etc.
PO Banbasa, Dist. Champawat, Uttarakhand 262310
88597 09702, 88597 09288
Wish to donate multiple items lying unused at your home? Donate the same to any organization listed above.
Know an organization needing various used and unused goods? Inform us so that they can be listed on this page.
Aware of an organization collecting various goods & distributing them to needy? Inform us so that they can be listed on this page.
Keen to ensure that more people donate various used and unused items? Persuade your friends, relatives and co-workers to become donors.
Wish to volunteer to help out any organization listed above? Get in touch with them directly or inform us.
Desite to render support by attending to 'Queries & Requests' (if any) below? Your response, sent by email or through 'Submit Feedback' form above, will be posted here.
Have queries or feedback on donating various kinds of goods? Respond to us here.
Desire to popularize this movement? Share this page with your friends and ‘like’ our Facebook page.
Sweta Batra firstname.lastname@example.org 9887776000
Our school wishes to collect used clothes/stationery/toys etc on regular basis and donate them to an organization. Kindly help.
Kishan email@example.com 9535238065
I have some clothes and computer accessories to give away, so please help me!!
Sonali Nadkarni 8879357117
Want to donate grocery clothes n utensils. Plz contact on above mentioned no.
Usha Rajgopal firstname.lastname@example.org 001-408-209-5074
I live in the US and would like to know how I can collect and ship new & used goods that can be used by the organisations listed on your website. Do you know anyone who is currently doing this that I can contact?
Asmita Ghate email@example.com 8007702245
Would like to donate clothes, bedsheets, utensils, chairs etc. Can you collect from my home in Ambegao, Pune 411046?