Perth people love to help others, but sometimes there isn't a lot of spare cash to give.
Last year's article Perth Charities that Don't Need Your Money told you where you could donate a range of items including bikes, glasses, clothes, sports equipment, shoes, books, mobile phones, bras, and business clothes.
This year there are even more charities to whom you can donate your unwanted, but still usable goods. Feel good about helping others, saving the planet and de-cluttering your house.
Maternity wear, toiletries, newborn clothes and nappies Pregnancy is a challenging time for most women, imagine what it must be like if you are homeless or in a risky situation. Luckily there are a number of women's shelters and facilities like Horizon House in Dianella who provide support to young pregnant women, and Miriam House who welcome new mothers.
These facilities in addition to all the women's shelters across the state gratefully welcome gently used maternity clothes and baby clothes, and new/unused toiletries for the mums. If you have something that could help another new mum in need, give the refuge a call and find out where it can best be used.
Food Did you get a little over-zealous this Christmas with the food shopping? What are you going to do with the six tins of salmon and all those plum puddings? Why not get together with your neighbours, school or workplace and hold a food drive for Foodbank.
Foodbank collects non-perishable foods like cereals, canned fruits and vegetables, soups, pasta and rice and then distributes them to people across the state. Click here to find out how to hold a food drive.
Plants Are you planning a big garden clean-up? Check the Perth Zoo website to see if anything you are cutting can be used as fodder for the animals. They are always needing regular supplies of a number of plants including bamboo and ficus. This is one time you are allowed to feed the animals.
If your love of cooking stretches beyond warming a frozen meal in the microwave then why not put your skills in the kitchen to good use and help cook a meal for the families staying at Ronald McDonald House.
You are not expected to be a Masterchef but by providing the ingredients for a two course meal and then cooking it, you will be making the lives of a number of families with sick children that little bit easier.
Kids Paddling Pool So you thought that clam paddling pool or sandpit was a great idea, but you freaked out when the sand got tipped all over the grass (me too, don't worry). What are you going to do with it now? If it is still in good condition with no cracks or breaks, consider donating it to the Dogs Refuge in Shenton Park, who use the pools for their rescued pooches while they wait for new homes.
Academic and educational text books
If you are an academic or student and have some quality text books you no longer require then consider donating to Murdoch University who pass them onto the Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia as part of a consortium dedicated to furthering study.
All quality books are considered, please email them at email@example.com if you have something to donate.
Mobile phones and laptops
Relatively new but unwanted laptops or mobile phones can be donated to Heart Kids, who then use the money raised to help the hundreds of kids who are born in Perth every year who have serious cardiac problems. Click here to find out how to get free postage and know that your latest iThingy, which is now soooo 2012 can get a new life, and save a life at the same time.
CDs and DVDs
So many people have asked 'where can I donate my unwanted CDs and DVDs?' Apart from charities such as Vinnies, Red Cross and the Salvos who accept CDs/DVDs and sell them in their op-shops, the other big charity to accept them is Save The Children, who sell selected CDs and DVDs at their regular Book Fairs.
All books, CDs, DVDs and sheet music can be dropped off at the old house on the corner of Brockway and Underwood in Shenton Park (opposite CSIRO). Click here to find out news about upcoming book fairs.
Clothes that are dead
Everyone knows what to do with clothes that are still fit for wearing, but what about the skirt with the tear, or the jeans that no longer have knees? All clothes donated to the Lifeline Op Shop are used: if they're wearable they will be sold, if they're no longer wearable they will be cut up and sold as cleaning rags. Nothing is wasted.
Lifeline Op Shop Treasures is located at 255 Railway Ave, Kelmscott
The Black Dog Institute has a full program of research it conducts across the country investigating a range of issues related to mental health. Some are online surveys that you can do at home, other require more practical involvement.
Even if you don't suffer from mental illness, by donating your time to this research you can help others who do.
Always on the lookout for places to donate / recycle things. If you come across anyone who needs unused dress fabrics please include it in a future list.
Despite not making my own clothes for years I still continued to buy fabrics and now I have retired I doubt if I would ever need to use them. Got to find a home for them.
Regarding your comment "the jeans that no longer have knees"
I believe that unwearable denim clothing items are not able to be used by op shops in general as they are for some reason regarded as unsuitable material for cleaning rags.
I have been trying to find a place to recycle/reuse my torn denim jeans and keep being told if I donate them to an OP shop they will just end up in landfill at the OP shops expense is all
Trying to find out where to donate Unwearable Denim Clothing to - Op Shops end up sending it to landfill as its not able to be used in recycling as rags for some reason.
Any ideas of where in perth I can donate them?