Declutter for Charity

05 January 2017

Not sure what to do with your old stuff? Do something good and donate your unwanted clothes, books, electronics and more to these places.

Whether you’ve been bitten by Marie Kondo’s KonMari bug or simply wish to declutter for the New Year, the arduous task of sorting through your belongings and throwing out things you no longer need is a necessary evil all of us have to go through. This year, instead of bagging everything for the rubbish collectors, take the extra step to give away your items to charity. Whether it’s unwanted clothes, furniture or even electronics and gadgets, these local organisations and shops will take in your items to help the less fortunate.


Kedai BLESS
BLESS accepts a wide range of things from books to decorations to fitness equipment, which are collected and sold as pre-loved goods. “All donations can be sent to any one of our seven outlets [within their operating hours] and also to SIBKL Bangunan Yin on Sundays before 1pm,” explains Sarah Voon, a BLESS volunteer, who adds that they also conduct an annual donation drive with their media partner, Sin Chew Media. Money collected from the sale of the items is channelled to Orang Asli communities, drug rehabilitation centres, and Myanmar refugee centres.
Address: Various outlets including Mid Valley Megamall, 1 Utama and Citta Mall.


Jumble Station/Parents Without Partners
Deliver your unwanted belongings to the Jumble Station/Parents Without Partners outlets in Jaya One or Subang Mewah. “We accept books, clothes, toys, collectibles, decorative items, electronics, furniture – anything that is in good condition,” says general manager Adrian Ong. The collected items are given to underprivileged single-parent families or sold at the outlets to raise funds for the parents and their children’s education. If the items you wish to donate are large, contact Parents Without Partners at 016 220 2958 for pick-up arrangements.
Address: Level P1, Jaya One, 72A Jalan Universiti, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor; F1-01-05 Angsana Flats, Subang Mewah, USJ 1, 47620 Subang Jaya, Selangor (016 220 2958).
Open daily, 10am-8pm excluding public holidays.


Salvation Army Malaysia’s Family Thrift Stores
The social enterprise arm of Salvation Army Malaysia, the Family Thrift Stores accept a variety of items from clothing and electronics to commonly recycled items such as newspapers. Donate your items at various drop-off points in Ipoh, Melaka, Kuching, and Penang or at the organisation’s Kuala Lumpur Corps and Community Centre in OUG if you’re based in Klang Valley. The NGO distributes some of the goods to needy families in Malaysia and sells the rest at their stores to generate funds to further their causes.
Address:  1 Jalan Lingkungan Hujan, Overseas Union Garden, 58200 Kuala Lumpur (03 7782 4766). 


SOLS Tech
Here’s one for anyone who’s ever wondered what to do with their old computers. SOLS Tech, the social enterprise of humanitarian organisation SOLS 24/7, accepts all functional and non-functional computers and CPUs as well as other electronic devices such as printers and mobile phones from individuals and companies. SOLS Tech then refurbishes these devices and donates them to underserved communities in Malaysia. Send your devices to their office in Taman Sri Sinar or Sungai Besi, and if you have more than 20 devices to give, they’ll even pick them up for free. “Once the computers or laptops are donated to us, they go through a process of refurbishment. This is how we define what’s working, not working, [what] needs repairs, [or what] needs to be recycled or donated. We would deliver it for free to NGOs or underserved communities,” explains SOLS Tech’s manager Reza Pochee.
Address: 1 Petaling Residences, Jalan 1C/149 off Jalan Sungai Besi, 57100 Kuala Lumpur (03 9054 9247); Jalan 8/38a Taman Sri Sinar, 51200 Kuala Lumpur (03 6262 7247).
Open Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm.


SkuadSenyum
Got a lot of books you don’t need anymore? Get in touch with SkuadSenyum. Although SkuadSenyum’s main focus is on organising free market events, they also collect books to create mini libraries for children. “We don’t have any drop-off points and pick-up services. The public can make arrangements with any of our team members [via SkuadSenyum’s Facebook page] to hand over their items,” explains SkuadSenyum’s founder, Hairi Abdul Ghani. So far, SkuadSenyum has set up mini libraries in Kampung Orang Asli Keeb, Sungai Siput, Perak, the Rohingya Education Centre in Klang, and Sekolah Agama As-Syakirin, Cheras.



Charity Shoppe
Created by Islamic Relief Malaysia (IR Malaysia) to raise funds for people in need and communities left bereft by war and disaster, Charity Shoppe accepts a variety of things including books, computers and even tableware in good condition. There aren’t any pick-up services or drop-off points so all donations need to be sent to Charity Shoppe’s outlet in Bandar Baru Bangi. Take note that due to lack of storage space, they are unable to accept large items like furniture. According to Charity Shoppe manager Datin Norelan Ismail, proceeds from the sale of the items go to MySedekah, IR Malaysia’s charity fund channelled to any emergencies or disasters in Malaysia and other countries.
Address: A-05-G Paragon Point, Jalan Medan PB5, Seksyen 9, Pusat Bandar, 43650 Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor (03 8912 6334).
Open Tue-Sat, 10am-7pm.


Pertubuhan Amal Seri Sinar (PASS)
Go the extra mile with recycling and drop off your donations in any of the 240 orange recycling bins or mobile collection centres set up by PASS all around the Klang Valley. Free daily pick-up services are also available. Accepted items include furniture, clothes, bottles, electronics, books and paper products. According to PASS publicist Fadhilah Surman, “All proceeds go to charity programmes to help the needy nationwide.”

Alternatively, if you have a lot of unwanted clothes, try these places:

H&M
Good for when you want to get rid of old or damaged clothes, H&M’s garment collection initiative rewards you with a 15 percent discount voucher for every bag of clothes (up to two bags per visit) you donate at any H&M store nationwide. Collected garments will be recycled.

Uniqlo
If the contents of your wardrobe can rival that of a Uniqlo store, gather all your unwanted Uniqlo clothes and drop them off at any store nationwide. These clothes will be donated to charity, so make sure they’re clean and in wearable condition.

By Zoe Liew
Images courtesy of respective organisations

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