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by Shannon Meyerkort (subscribe)
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Published October 16th 2018
How to help when you have nothing to give
Completely updated for 2018

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.

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.

Books in decent condition can be dropped all year round at the two new depots: Claremont Book depot, UWA Claremont campus, Goldsworthy Rd (Agett Rd end) Tuesday to Friday (8am-midday) and Sundays (2-4pm) or the East Vic Park depot at Unit 8A/18 Milford St, East Vic Park Mondays and Tuesdays (9am-midday).

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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 around the state.

Fair Game has a wish list of desperately needed equipment such as rugby and footballs, footy boots and boxing gloves, but they also need ancillary equipment such as cones, team bibs and skipping ropes. 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.

Contact to find out how you can get involved as a school, business or volunteer.


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.

Since writing this article in 2013, it seems there are no longer workshops in Perth, although they have sprung up in Melbourne and Sydney and Brisbane. Perhaps contact 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 give them away.

The Aussie Recycling Program will use your old mobile phone to raise money for dozens of different charities from zoos to research groups, international aid groups and local community groups. You get to choose! You can post your phone to the ARP, pick up a free satchel from Clean Up Australia or if you grab your mates old phones too, you can get a free courier pick-up for 16 or more phones.


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. Recycle for Sight is a program run by Lions, which regrades and distributes 250,000 to 500,000 pairs of donated each year to those in need in developing countries.

You can post your glasses to LIONS Recycle for Sight Australia Inc, PO Box 3021, Clontarf MDC, QLD 4019 or drop them off at HCF Insurance branches.


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 the Uplift Project 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.

Due to the high cost of freighting items to the north end of South Pacific they have closed the Perth drop-off point, but bras can be posted to the Operations Manager, Piliyintinji-Ki - Stronger Families, Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation, PO Box 403 TENNANT CREEK NT 0861 or check out the website site for drop-off locations across Australia.


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 (now part of Dressed for Success) 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 on Wednesdays (10am-12.30) at the Perth Donation Centre, 1232 Hay Street, West Perth (above the NAB bank). Check out what is currently needed by clicking here.


Get online now to see what else you can donate

Something BIG to donate?
Hey, you'll never know if you don't ask. Perhaps you have a car, motorbike, boat, tractor or caravan that you wish to donate to charity. Donate A Car is Kids Under Cover's national fundraising initiative, helping to prevent youth homelessness. It helps you get rid of an unwanted vehicle and you get to make a tax-deductible donation at the same time!

Not only will you not have to worry about selling the car privately, or getting an awful price as a trade-in, you will get 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 flash new iThingy by giving away your old computer to a number of organisations who can use, repurpose or recycles your old electricals.

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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) 2853 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) 2855 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 GilliansCamera (score: 2|381) 3005 days ago
What a brilliant idea for an article, well done Shannon!
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11307) 3154 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) 3177 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) 3199 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) 3198 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) 3198 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) 3195 days ago
Love all your photos
by Oxford Explorer (score: 2|655) 3195 days ago
lovely article with great encouragement to give back to the community.
by Joy (score: 3|1934) 3194 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|950) 3199 days ago
You can also donate all kinds of items in good conditions (generally more substantive items), or check out the Buy Nothing facebook page for your area.
by Kathe (score: 0|2) 1007 days ago
Where can I drop off some books to donate
by Mso19 (score: 0|2) 1780 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) 2231 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) 2487 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) 3198 days ago
Is there somewhere we can drop off old computers???
by vickr (score: 0|2) 596 days ago
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