Sydney Charities That Don't Need Your Money
[ADVERT]Sometimes you really want to give back, but you have no money to actually give.
Perhaps you have an old pair of prescription glasses lurking in the bathroom cupboard, or a pair of shoes you bought for work and only wore once? What about all those maternity bras you (hope to) never need again?
Thought you had nothing to give? You thought wrong.
Here is a list of some of the more unusual things you can donate.
Yes, donating bits of your body is usually considered beyond the call (although if you have a spare kidney, consider donating it here
) but chopping off your foot long mullet and donating it to sick kids helps the world in more ways than one. All hair donated (if it meets requirements) is made into wigs before being given to kids who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment. Organised by Variety, the donation of hair, can help change a child's life, and you can simply post it in.
to find out more details.
All women have at least one bra they never wear. It's either too big or too small, or maybe you just don't like leopard print anymore. Maybe 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 need in third world countries and right on our own doorstep.
All bras but particularly nursing and maternity bras are needed for women for whom a bra is an unobtainable luxury. Bras can be dropped off a few locations
across the city or posted to NSW Uplift, 17 Brentwood Ave, Warrawee NSW 2074.
All those books you bought to impress your rather brainy ex-girlfriend and are now gathering dust on the shelf? The ones that Oprah recommended? The ones with the silver tie on the cover?
Lifeline, who offer 24/7 telephone crisis support to over 1 million Australians every year, hold regular Bookfairs around the state, with the money raised going directly back into the training of crisis supporters. Books can be dropped off in the [LINK=https://www.lifeline.org.au/About-Lifeline/Lifeline-Locations
]Lifeline bins[/LINK] or directly to Lifeline Shops and Bookfairs.
It's a sad fact that many of the clothes 'donated' by people in the big charity bins are either of poor quality or are left to ruin. Disposing of them, then cost the charities tens of thousands of dollars each year, wasting money that could be spent on families in need.
If you have some good quality and clean clothes to donate (babies, kids and adults) then spend a minute trying to find the most appropriate place for them. #nsw
for a list of NSW charities which need donations of clothes.
There are two types of unwanted bikes: the ones which have been cannibalised and no longer have tyres and seats and the ones that are still functional (but you'd much rather sit on the couch).
If you have one of the former, the consider donating it to the blokes in the Mary MacKillop's Men's Shed
or the group at MTC Work Solutions
who will use the frames to make wheelchairs which are then donated overseas.
If your bike is still rideable then there are a #nsw
">number of charities
in NSW who are looking for bikes, either for their work in Indigenous communities in Australia, or for disadvantaged people in third world countries. On yer bike! Get donating.
Let's have a quiz: 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, it's time to pull them out and click here.
and the Aussie Recycling Program will use your old mobile phone to raise money for primate conservation. That's gorillas. You can either drop them off at any Sydney branch of the Bendigo Bank or click here
for a free Reply-Paid form you can stick to an envelope.
As you get older, your eyes deteriorate, and so it's off to the optician to get yet another pair of glasses. But what have you been doing with your stash of old prescription glasses?
Consider donating them to a good cause. Each year OneSight
recycles 'gently' used eyeglasses and redistributes them worldwide through their global clinics.
Drop off your old glasses at any Laubman & Pank, OPSM, Sunglass Hut or Budget Eyewear.
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.
Fitted For Work
is a non-profit organisation that helps disadvantaged women (and migrants and ex-prisoners) get into the workforce by providing them with the skills, advice and clothing they need to apply for jobs, attend interviews and begin their new life. You can donate clothing, handbags, shoes and accessories.
Clothing can be dropped off weekdays at Suite 37/38a, 70 Phillip Street, Parramatta, or call on (02) 9365 9909.
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
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.
Other things you can donate when you're broke:
Blood: the situation is dire and you can donate blood every twelve weeks at the 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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