Donate or sell your pieces to places that’ll make sure they get a second life in new homes…
It’s no secret that our tiny apartments in Hong Kong can accumulate a whole lot over the years. And if you’re anything like us and have a tendency to hoard, you’re left wading through piles of clothes and fancy dress odds and ends.
So with January in full swing and Chinese New Year upon us, why not take the opportunity to do some proper clearing out and sort through everything from clothing to books to even furniture and electronics. Donate or sell these pieces to some pretty stellar charities, non-profit organisations and consignment shops that will greatly benefit those less fortunate.
A platform for people to buy and sell quality secondhand furnishings and accessories at a reasonable prices was dreamt up by husband and wife duo in early 2006. Since then, 2nd Chance has given many great pieces of furniture new homes. Contact with them through email to sell unwanted furniture or to buy new pieces.
What you can sell: Furniture and home accessories.
2nd Chance, Unit 14, 2/F, Kin Fat Industrial Centre, 13 Kin Fat Street, Tuen Mun, 2496 1222, www.2ndchance.com.hk
Secondhand bookstores are great places to help your favourite novels find a new home! Try Booksmart in Central which is always looking for new donations. Be sure to email them a list of your books first so they can tell you which ones they can take. They also provide a helpful list on their site with the types of things they can’t accept.
What can you donate: Books.
As the official social service agency of the Catholic Church in Hong Kong, Caritas focuses on the needs of the ‘3 Ls’ – the last, the least and the lost. They firmly believe in giving people a second chance. Support their wonderful program and drop off your items at their door.
What you can donate: All wearable clothing.
Caritas Community Centre, 2/F, Caritas House, 2-8 Caine Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong, 2843 4652, www.caritas.org.hk
Having been around for over 50 years, Christian Action is the only comprehensive provider of services to ethnic minorities, refugees, asylum seekers and foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong. Their Green Collection Charity Drive will take anything that can be worn again. Call them a call to arrange a pick up right from your doorstep. If you have a lot to give, they’ll even pick up your items for free.
What you can donate: All wearable clothing, books and toys.
Christian Action, 2456 2220, www.christian-action.org.hk
The long standing NGO, Crossroads is no stranger to Hong Kong. They have been helping people in the community and all over the world for over 20 years. They accept all forms of re-wearables, which then go into their Global Distribution Program. Half of the distributed goods go to cases sponsored by the Social Welfare Department, and the other half are designated for foreign countries. Call them for a pick up, mail in or drop off at their door, but note, since it can sometimes take a few weeks to arrange their pickup service, so you may be best off hiring a man with a van.
What you can donate: All wearable clothing, all electrical appliances, furniture and household goods, baby items and toys.
Crossroads Foundation, Crossroads Village, 2 Castle Peak Road, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, 2984 9309, www.crossroads.org.hk
Friends of the Earth launched the Used Clothes Recycling Program in 2001, which collects all sorts of textile products from used clothes and shoes to bed sheets and handbags. Re-wearables are exported to neighbouring countries while the worn out pieces are turned into wipers for industrial use. Nothing goes to waste! They have many collection points all over Hong Kong. Check out their website and find the one closest to you.
What you can donate: All wearable clothing, shoes, bedding, handbags.
Friends of the Earth, 2528 5588, www.foe.org.hk
Established in 1970, this government organisation strives to help those with disabilities. Second-hand clothing and books will be most helpful to these young people. Drop your items off at the Federation’s address.
What you can donate: All wearable clothing and books.
Hong Kong Federation of Handicapped Youth, G/F, 16-21 Wan Kee House, Wang Tau Hom Estate, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2388 5111, www.hkfhy.org.hk
The Salvation Army is one of the most established organisations for recycling goods. Some of the collected items go to those in need, such as the elderly, street sleepers and ex-prisoners; the rest go to the Salvation Army’s retail chain, sold with discount. They accept all re-wearables (but note they can’t accept towels and underwear.) For bigger items such as TV sets, refrigerators and other appliances give them a call and they’ll arrange a pick-up. There are more than 200 collection boxes throughout Hong Kong. Check their website for details of donation box locations and stores near you.
What you can donate: All wearable clothing and electrical appliances.
Hong Kong Salvation Army, 2572 2879, www.salvation.org.hk
Mother’s Choice provides care for babies awaiting permanent homes, and for single girls and their families facing crisis pregnancies. While their specific needs are always changing, they are often looking for new or good condition baby items like clothes, toys, bibs as well as electrical appliances including personal computers, air conditioners, cameras and more. Give them a call to learn more or visit their site here to see what they’re most in need of at this time.
What can you donate: Good condition baby items, toys and electrical appliances.
Founded in the UK in 1942, Oxfam is one of the oldest humanitarian organisations. Proceeds from The Oxfam Shop go towards humanitarian projects around the world. Call them to arrange for your items to be picked up.
What you can donate: All wearable clothing, handbags, Fair Trade products, small home appliances and books.
Oxfam, LG8, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong, 2522 1765, www.oxfam.org.hk
Po Leung Kuk provides welfare, educational and cultural services to their young community. This charitable organisation provides support for orphaned children, education and other services. Donations help to fulfil the basic needs of their service recipients, particularly children, the elderly and low-income families. Drop off your items at their door and your donations will go towards young people in need.
What you can donate: All wearable clothing, electrical appliances, computers, stationery, toys, baby items, household accessories and cookware.
Po Leung Kuk Orphanage, 66 Leighton Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2277 8888,www.poleungkuk.org.hk
A Christian charity dedicated to helping those fighting drug addiction, the homeless and other people in need. Remar Hong Kong has a large warehouse and are able to take your larger electrical appliances and furniture. Call or email them to arrange a pick-up.
What can you donate: Large electrical appliances and furniture.
These folks run a number of charity projects, including day care and donation services for the elderly. St. James’ Settlement also runs a number of charity projects, including a food bank Drop off canned or dry food which have an expiry date more than 8 weeks away.
What can you donate: All wearable clothing, small electrical appliances and canned or dry food items.
St. James’ Settlement, 85 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2574 5201, www.sjs.org.hk
Know of any other great donation resources in Hong Kong? Get in touch, we’d love to include them!