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by Shannon Meyerkort (subscribe)
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Published January 18th 2013
How to help when you have nothing to give
Everyone knows the saying 'to give the shirt off your back'. But what if a shirt is all you have to give? Or an old pair of prescription glasses? Or a hockey stick?

Even if you are running low on cash there are so many other ways you can help out charities at home and abroad. Here is a list of some of the more unusual things you can donate.

Don't destroy your reading material, donate it

Save The Children hold at least one massive book sale every year, supported by the donation of second hand books from families all across Perth. Books in decent condition can be dropped all year round at the depot on the corner of Brockway and Underwood Ave in Shenton Park.

Proceeds from the massive book sales go to local and international projects and all types of books are gratefully accepted including fiction and non-fiction books, kids books, business and hobby books.

Sports Equipment
Maybe your dodgy back means you can't play golf anymore, or since the kids were born you have no time for playing baseball with your mates. All used sports equipment – in functional and clean condition can be dropped off to a number of locations around Perth, and will then be given to those who are less fortunate.

Fair Game has a wish list of desperately needed equipment such as rugby equipment and tennis equipment, but they also need ancillary equipment such as drink bottles, whistles and stop watches. They'd also like some hula hoops. Contact them directly to have larger equipment collected.

Don't like dad's taste in t-shirts? Donate it

Did you know that shoes can take up to 1,000 years to decompose in landfill? And that in Australia 15 million pairs of shoes end up in landfill each year. Was the last pair of shoes you threw out still in good condition?

Instead of tipping them into the green bin, why not donate your used (but still good) shoes to Reshoe, a charity that sends shoes to developing countries and helps set up small businesses to sell the shoes at affordable prices to locals.

Being able to afford shoes, means that millions of people can then avoid disease and parasites. There are a number of sites around Perth that will accept donations such as the Running Centre: 1/1273 Hay St, West Perth (9324 2707).

Contact to find out where else you can donate your shoes or to volunteer as a collection point.

Once you outgrow your old bike, donate it

Every time there is a bulk collection in my area I see dozens of bikes laying forlornly on the verge. Don't consign your faithful two-wheeler to rust in landfill. Bikes 4 Life is an international charity that provides bikes to vulnerable people such as displaced people and victims of war overseas as well as marginalised Indigenous groups and disadvantaged youth in Australia.

Contact or 0419 997 896 to find out where you can drop off your bikes in Perth.

Donate your old phone (maybe not this old)

Mobile Phones
It's a sad state of affairs when mobile phones have become essentially throw-away items, but be honest: how many mobile phones have you had since the mid-1990s? Where are they all? If you have a drawer full of them like me, pull them out and click here. You can save some gorillas.

Perth Zoo and the Aussie Recycling Program will use your old mobile phone to raise money for primate conservation. You can either visit the zoo and grab a pre-paid satchel from them or click here to print out a reply-paid label.

Glasses are out of style? Donate them

If you're of the four-eyed variety like I am, you probably have a stash of old prescription glasses. John Lennon ones, Buddy Holly ones, tortoiseshell ones, rimless ones, coloured ones… your glasses collection probably dates you worse than your hypercolour t-shirt.

Even if your prescription hasn't changed, you probably won't wear them again anyway, so donate them to a good cause. Each year OneSight recycles 'gently' used eyeglasses and then redistributes them worldwide through their global clinics.

Drop off your old glasses at any Laubman & Pank, OPSM, Sunglass Hut or Budget Eyewear.

All women have at least one bra they never wear. It's either too small or too big, or maybe you just don't like pink leopard print anymore. Perhaps you have finished having babies but still have some good quality nursing bras sitting at the back of the drawer. Find these girls a new home and send them to Project Uplift who provide bras to women in third world countries and women in need right on our own doorstep.

All bras but particularly nursing and maternity bras are needed for women in the remote north west and Kimberley for whom a bra is an unobtainable luxury. Bras can be posted to Uplift WA, 159 Edmund Street, Beaconsfield WA 6162.

Business Clothes
If you're like me and have left the rat-race for the rug-rats then perhaps you have some nice business attire that no longer gets used. Ready To Work is a West Australian non-profit organisation that helps disadvantaged women get into the workforce by providing them with the tools, skills (and clothing) they need to apply for jobs, attend interviews and begin their new life.

You can donate clothing, shoes and accessories, or perhaps you can provide other assistance such as mentoring or free hair-cuts.

Clothing can be dropped off weekdays at East-Marvic Packaging, 54 Clavering Road Bayswater. Please call before hand on 9272 9499.

Get online now to see what else you can donate

Something bigger to donate?
Hey, you'll never know if you don't ask. Perhaps you have a car, motorbike, boat or piece of art that you wish to donate to charity. Donate A Car is an Australian-wide organisation that will sell your car (or boat or Picasso) at the local Pickles auction yard and then donate all the proceeds to the charity of your choice.

Not only will you not have to worry about selling the car privately, or getting an awful price as a trade-in, you will be a warm fuzzy feeling about helping others and giving your car a new lease of life.

Other Ways to Donate
Give Now is an Australian portal that makes it easy to give whatever you have to the people who need it most. If you wish to donate something that I haven't mentioned, chances are Give Now knows where it will be needed. Charities are seeking everything from food to electrical equipment and from corks to blankets.

Blood: the situation is dire and you can donate blood every twelve weeks at the Australian Red Cross.

Towels and blankets: always needed by the Dog refuge.

Old Computers: feel better about getting your new iThing by giving away your old computer.
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Your Comment
I just re-read this article as I commence my January clear out. I normally just go with a charity shop drop off but I'm going to be more organized this year and follow some of your suggestions. Great article, I love your writing, Shannon.
by Helenonthesofa (score: 2|661) 1360 days ago
Heartkids could use your mobile phones too. They also run several events during the year where you can volunteer your time to raise awareness of heart disease in children ... Things such as Christmas present wrapping in the cbd.

Having had a heart kid myself (rest peacefully sweet Ruby), I have been the recipient of their support as have my husband and children. They continue to help us now, almost 6 years down the track. They truly care about the children and their families whether they have a 'minor' issue, 'major' issue or pass away.
by tyler (score: 0|5) 1363 days ago
Nice Article. We were just talking about this subject this week, so it is great to see it up there. Thanks for all the information.
by Gillian (score: 2|319) 1512 days ago
Thanks Shannon, your article is informative and the posting is good timing. We have started giving away a large amount of things that are in terrific condition that we never use. It will be nice to know that someone else can make use of them and avoiding the tip where we can. Terrific suggestions, many we did not know or even think of before. Thanks again!
by mluy (score: 0|4) 1706 days ago
thank you for the article.please note that medical donation of books are only done in America,so you have to send your books to America and pay a dear amount for postage.if you are referring to australian students ,please note that these days medical books are revised and updated every 2 years as there are vast number of new drugs in the market that doctors and students need to be aware of.
by The educated (score: 1|71) 1707 days ago
What awesome charities there are out there that I wasnt aware of and I am always wondering if there was something better I can do with items instead of hesitantly throwing them out. Inspiring and will let othere know.
by jojoe (score: 0|4) 1706 days ago
What a brilliant idea for an article, well done Shannon!
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|10372) 1662 days ago
Fantastic information here... I wasn't aware of Project Uplift! I will be cleaning out my bra collection tonight. What a great charity. :)
by se (score: 1|11) 1685 days ago
lovely article with great encouragement to give back to the community.
by Joy (score: 3|1877) 1702 days ago
Love all your photos
by Oxford Explorer (score: 2|655) 1703 days ago
Hi Shannon, I love your articles, I love everything about WeekendNotes. To start with I thought this site was junk mail and then one day the article about Toodyay caught my eye and I am hooked. I have passed the site onto family and friends but I especially want to say thanks for telling us about the "donation" places, half of which I did not know even existed. Nanny Plum.. .
by robox (score: 1|72) 1703 days ago
I love your article, Shannon! There's so much practical information about things I wasn't even aware of. I'll keep these places in mind next time I do a major spring clean at home.
by Carolyn Hopping (score: 2|946) 1707 days ago
What awesome charities there are out there that I wasnt aware of and I am always wondering if there was something better I can do with items instead of hesitantly throwing them out. Inspiring and will let othere know.
by jojoe (score: 0|4) 1706 days ago
Yes I agree. I came upon this page while surfing and am getting my family on board... I hope I will end up with a garage full of useful things to donate to these great charities. Thanks:)
by cforl (score: 0|2) 994 days ago
I have got lots of Indian dresses that I bought on my wedding ... they are in real good condition ... I have never worn some off those and they don't fit me anymore anyone knows where can I donate those ones . Thanks
by gurm_ (score: 0|2) 739 days ago
Where can I drop off some books to donate
by Mso19 (score: 0|2) 288 days ago
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