Are there toys your kids have outgrown lying around at the back of your closet? Do you have pre-loved books, or furniture that you no longer use but are in still in good condition? Here’s our guide on some ways you can donate them to help those in need. Not only will you be doing something meaningful, you’ll also be able to free your home of clutter without having to toss things into the trash!


1. Blessings in a Bag

Blessing in a bag


What: Blessings in a Bag is a non-profit organisation, which brings bags of toys, hygiene products, clothes, and school supplies (otherwise known as “blessings”) to disadvantaged children in rural villages across Southeast Asia. After you donate, suitable items will be distributed to communities in need, while the other items will be resold in Singapore and the funds collected will be used to cover operational costs.

Items you can donate:

  • Clothes for babies and children
  • Books for children 12 and under
  • Children’s school bags
  • Gently used or new art and craft supplies
  • McDonald’s happy meal toys
  • Educational games (such as puzzles, flash cards, or board games)
  • Blankets
  • Recyclable tote bags

How & Where: Blessings in a bag have come up with a form for donors to fill up so that they can better assist in matching the needs that are in the community. Once you have submitted your form, they will contact you with the details on how you can drop off the items.

Contact: Email or visit the organization’s webpages at


2. Pass-It-On

Pass it on


What: Pass-It-On is a second organisation you can approach to give your pre-loved furniture a new lease of life. This non-profit project, managed by the Helping Hand , makes donating easier and more efficient by matching pre-loved items that the general public can offer to lower-income families in need.

Items you can donate:

  • Home appliances
  • Home furniture
  • Medical aids, mobility aids, and learning aids

How & Where: Voluntary Welfare Organizations (VWOs) submit requests for items that their clients need on an online portal, and you can “grant a wish” at by donating those items. Alternatively, you can also list items you’d like to donate, and a VWO will contact you directly to arrange collection if it can be used to help the needy.

Contact: Visit or call +65 85119160 on Mondays to Fridays from 9am to 5pm.


3. The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army


What: The Salvation Army is probably the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions ‘thrift store’, and its prominent mega family thrift store in Upper Bukit Timah is a go-to place for vintage secondhand finds for many Singaporeans. This international charitable organisation has had a base in Singapore since the 1930s, and seeks to help the underprivileged without discrimination. You can help the local community by donating your pre-loved or unused items for resale at any of their thrift stores.

Items you can donate:

  • Clothing
  • Furniture
  • Household goods
  • Electronic devices
  • Toys and books

How & Where: Drop your items off at Donation In Kind booths located all over the island. Addresses of the booths can be found at

If you have bulky items, you can arrange for a collection service by calling +65 6288 5438, booking online at, or emailing with a brief description of the items you wish to donate, your collection address and contact number.

Contact: A list of all their centres and thrift stores are up on their website at


4. SCWO’s New2U Thrift Shop



What: Salvation Army isn’t the only organisation with a thrift store – the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO) has one of their own too. The New2U Thrift Shop is run entirely by volunteers and has been open since 2000. Everything sold by the store is donated and amazingly cheap – as low as a dollar! Proceeds go towards SCWO’s various social initiatives, such as Star Shelter , a safe refuge shelter for battered women and children.

Items you can donate:

  • Pre-loved clothing
  • Bags and accessories
  • Shoes
  • Books and Toys
  • Household items and ornaments
  • Crockery and utensils

Note: New2U does not accept furniture, used electrical items, used towels, or old videocassette tapes

How & Where: Items should be clearly labeled as ‘Donations for New2U’, and dropped off at SCWO Centre at 96 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187967 on any day of week between 9am and 10pm.

Contact: Visit the thrift’s websites at and, or give the shop a call at +65 6837 0611.


5. HCSA Hi-Thrift store & Rag and Bone

HCSA Hi-Thrift store & Rag and Bone


What: HCSA Hi-Thrift is yet another thrift you can donate your items to. It is located on the premises of Highpoint Community Services Association (HCSA), a halfway house that provides social services not only to drug addicts, but also ex-offenders, abused teenage girls, and underprivileged children. In addition, HSCA runs Rag & Bone, a social enterprise that collects old clothing, newspapers and unusable items that cannot be sold.

Items to donate:

  • Clothing
  • Bags and accessories
  • Electrical appliances
  • Furniture and decorative items
  • Books

How & Where: Place your items in a 24 hours drop-off box outside the Hi-Thrift Store at No.1, Lorong 23, Geylang, Singapore 388352.

Contact: Visit their website at or call +65 67470935 (Hi-Thrift Store) / +65 64402444 (Rag & Bone)


6. MINDS Shop



What: Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore’s (MINDS) Shop is not just another thrift store. The exceptional thing about this thrift store in particular is its unique employees. These employees are MINDS’ clients, and the shop provides in-house training on how to interact with customers, as well as how to organise and tag goods for sale. This store additionally provides an invaluable opportunity for the general public to understand the challenges faced by the intellectually disabled.

Items to donate:

  • Furniture
  • Clothes
  • Collectibles
  • House wares

How & Where: Drop in at any one of their stores at Margaret Drive, Woodlands Ring Road, Lorong Napiri, and Rosyth Road during opening hours. More details can be found at

Contact: Visit their website at Alternatively, contact Ms Linda Yusop at or +65 8180 2095


7. Singapore Freecycle Network

Singapore Freecycle Network


What: As a final option, if you can’t find anywhere else to donate your pre-loved goods, the Singapore Freecycle Network aims to promote recycling and keep useful items out of landfills by connecting people who are giving items to others who are seeking them. All items must be given for free in accordance to group guidelines.

Items to donate: Essentially anything and everything. As the saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

How & Where: The process takes place entirely online at Post a picture of your item on the Facebook group and anyone interested can contact you directly and collect the item himself/herself.


8. Tzu Chi


Photo: ZeroWasteSG

What: Every second Sunday of the month is the designated monthly recycling day of Tzu Chi Singapore. To engage their respective communities, Tzu Chi volunteers would go around the neighbourhoods to invite residents to deliver their recyclable items to the recycling points. Poster boards are also erected at the respective points to increase public awareness about environmental-friendly living; residents are often encouraged to try their hands at the sorting of the recyclable items too.

Items to donate:

  • Clothes
  • Electrical appliances
  • School bags
  • Leather
  • Belts
  • Shoes
  • Soft toys
  • CDs

How & Where: You can drop off your items at the various recycling points across Singapore.

Contact: Call them at +65 829958 or drop them an email at For more info, visit their website


Dignity Mama Stall9. Dignity Mama Stall

What: The intention of Dignity Mama Stall is to put parents with challenged youth together to manage a retail stalls selling second hand books. The stall sells used books, which are managed mothers and children with special needs.

Items to donate:

  • Storybooks
  • Comics
  • Management books
  • Encyclopedias
  • Magazines,
  • Arts & craft books
  • Autobiographies

Do ensure that the books and magazines are in ‘presentable’ state as these books will be in turn be sold as 2nd-hand books by beneficiaries of Dignity ‘Mama’ Stall to members of the public to raise funds.

How and Where: You can drop off your books at the National University Hospital, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and Dignity Kitchen.

Contact: NUH email:, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital email:, Dignity Kitchen email: You can also call them at +65 8363 5072. Visit their website


10. Willing Hearts

Willing Hearts Singapore

Photo: People of Singapore

What: Willing Hearts is a secular, non-denominational and non-affiliated charity, that aims to provide daily meals and other support services to the underprivileged, the needy, and other marginalized members in Singapore. They operate a soup kitchen that prepares, cooks and distributes about 4,500 daily meals to the needy, 365 days a year. Beneficiaries include the elderly, the disabled, low-income families, children from single-parent or otherwise poverty-stricken families, and migrant workers in Singapore.

Items to donate:

  • Rice
  • Cooking oil
  • Toiletries
  • Clothes
  • Necessities

How & Where: There are various distribution spots in Singapore.

Contact: Lily, + 65 6476 1098 or email them at their website


11. Uplift Project Singapore

uplift project singapore

Photo: Uplift Project Singapore Facebook Page

What: Uplift Project is a volunteer group founded in Australia who collect and ship second-hand and new bras, and coordinate their distribution to underprivileged women all around the Asia-Pacific region. They accept any style bras, nursing, maternity or breastfeeding bras, Mastectomy and nursing pads.

Items to donate: Preloved Bras

How & Where: Postal addresses of where you can drop off your items will be updated on their Facebook page –

Contact: Email to find out where your items can be dropped off.

By Michele See