Although the saying goes ‘every penny counts’, donating to charity can often go beyond putting some spare change in a collection tin. There are now quite a few ways you can support a charity’s work, including donating your unwanted goods.
Charity shops can be seen in most towns and cities across the UK, and they rely on donations from members of the public to keep their stock levels up. Donations could include unwanted gifts, toys, books, DVDS and computer games, male and female clothing, and homeware. Shops will often list details of items they do/don’t accept, anything they are specifically looking for, and items they have adequate stocks of. Oxfam, Barnados, The British Heart Foundation, and the RSPCA, are just a few examples of charities that have shops on the high street.
Household collections of goods are another way of donating, and one which is becoming increasingly popular. These schemes are either organised direct by charities, or by private companies who donate some of their proceeds to charity. Charities also have an involvement in recycling schemes, so if you’re looking for a new home for your old mobile phones or ink cartridges, you can pick up envelopes in charity shops, or visit the charity’s website. Guide Dogs For The Blind are one example of a charity offering these types of recycling/reusing schemes.
Donating unwanted goods doesn’t stop there either, as there are registered charities all over the country operating community furniture projects. These schemes can be open to all, but often target (and offer discounts) to elderly, disabled, and those on low income. Appeals are put out for donations of good quality household furniture, electrical goods, and sometimes mobility aids or baby equipment, which are then resold via shops or warehouses.
Office technology hasn’t been forgotten either, and here, two companies come under the spotlight: Computer Aid International works with businesses, to safely replace, and recycle their unwanted computer hardware. Their data destruction programs comply with all the relevant UK legislation, and all equipment that passes their quality tests goes to not for profit organisations in the developing world. ReCom’s donation scheme is open to businesses and individuals. With this scheme, the computers are given to the voluntary sector, and often help disadvantaged communities, with hands-on skills training, or educational work.
These are just a few examples of how you can donate your unwanted goods to charity, and some of the organisations and charities involved in collecting them. You can also look out for emergency appeals in your local press, harvest for the hungry style campaigns, which send food and care packages to Eastern Europe or developing countries, or seasonal campaigns, such as a local business collecting toys to donate to children in hospital.
Whether you choose to support a national charity or one based in your community, your goods could help raise vital funds. Everyone can find unwanted items in their home, and with well organised donation options all over the UK, it’s never been easier to donate these items to charity.