Looking to de-clutter and donate things you no longer want or use? Here are 7 reputable charities that will accept gently used baby, kids and household items (and more!).
1. Fatima Centre
Located in Sukhumvit Soi 33/1 (down the side soi next to Villa Market on the main road), Fatima Centre’s shop is run by the Good Shepard Sisters who work extensively with at-risk women and girls. The organisation accepts all kinds of donations at their store, including toys, clothing and fabric scraps, which they can use to make their wonderful handicrafts. Opening hours are Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm. Please call 02.258.5065 for more info.
2. Foundation for Slum Child Care
This foundation helps children who live in the Klong Toey slums. They accept donations of all things for children, including toys, mattresses, pillows, personal care items and powdered milk (the latter is very much needed!). Items can be dropped off at 100/771-775 Klong Toey Block 6, At-Narong Road, Klong Toey, Bangkok, from Monday to Sunday, 8am to 5pm. Please call 02.249.0953 for more info.
3. Gift of Happiness Foundation
Dedicated to giving happiness through slap-stick comedy shows and providing essential goods to poor children and families in Bangkok and throughout Thailand, this organisation will take donations at three drop-off points, including their charity shop in Sukhumvit 77, On-nut Soi 36, Suan Luang district. For more information on how to donate your gently used things, please click here.
4. International Support Group Foundation (ISGF)
ISGF is a small foundation that provides scholarships for needy Thai students, wheelchairs for the disabled, physical therapists for Baan Fuang Fa in Pakkred and more. They take donations of all kinds of goods, from toys and clothing to kitchen items and home decor, for their semi-annual fundraising yard sale. Items can be dropped off at their office at 59 Sukhumvit Soi 15, from Monday to Friday, during regular office hours. Please contact [email protected] for more info.
5. Mirror Foundation
Mirror Foundation accepts clothing, books, electronics and furniture, which they give away to schools, communities and charities. Items can be dropped off at their office at 191 Srirapsuk Villa, Vibhavadi soi 62, Bangkhen, Laksri, Bangkok 10210 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm; Saturday & Sunday, 10am to 4pm); donations by post are also welcome. Home pick-up may be possible for very heavy things. Please visit their website, www.mirror.or.th, or call 02.973.2236-7 for more info.
6. Second Chance Bangkok
A local initiative by residents of Bangkok’s Klong Toey slum, Second Chance will take donations of quality second-hand goods and sell them to residents of the Klong Toey community at affordable prices, or pass them on to those in need. Schedule a home pick-up of your things through their website, www.scbkk.org, or call 087.026.4205 for more information.
7. Rajvithi Home for Girls
A government foster home for over 400 girls ages 5 to 18, Rajvithi will accept donations of kids’ clothing, school supplies and toys. They are located at 255 Rajvithi Road in the Phayathai district; office hours are Monday to Sunday, from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Please call 02-354-7484-5 or visit their website to learn more.