Got gently unused items that are in good working condition that you no longer need?
It’s tough navigating your way through the many charities available in Hong Kong, so here are 5 places that made us feel happy about donating. If you are living or working in HK, hopefully, this list will be helpful!
Hong Kong Salvation Army – donate in Hong Kong
Why we chose Hong Kong Salvation Army:
- The Salvation Army is based in more than 130 countries and they have been operating in Hong Kong for 30 years.
- They help families in distress, people with disabilities, and the elderly.
What you can donate:
- The Salvation Army Hong Kong will accept donations of various goods like clothing, footwear, handbags and accessories, small electrical appliances, toys, stationery and books, and software with copyright.
How you can donate:
- Via the dedicated Salvation Army donation bins in various locations in Hong Kong. See collection points here.
- Or, drop your items off directly at one of the collection centers.
- If you have more than 5 bags or if the items are bulky or heavy, the logistics team can help. Call 2332 4433 or What’s App +852 9688 5670 for more guidance. (Note, they won’t organize pickup unless there is an elevator in your building).
Top tip: Remember, only drop off items during opening hours, and don’t leave anything outside any centers during non-opening times.
What items won’t the Salvation Army Hong Kong accept?
- They do not accept donations like furniture and big electrical appliances like television and refrigerators.
- They won’t accept any worn-out or damaged items.
- They also don’t accept donations involving food, medicine, bedding, bed sheets, or kitchenware.
Crossroads Foundation – donate in Hong Kong
Why we chose Crossroads Foundation:
- Crossroads Foundation is an international organization helping those in need; they generally serve poverty-stricken people, the elderly, refugees, and people with disabilities.
- Their motto is to link those who require help with those who can help.
- One of the best things about donating via the Crossroads Foundation is just how easy it is to donate.
What you can donate:
Crossroads generally accepts:
- used appliances
- household goods
- furniture and office supplies
How you can donate:
- The Crossroads Foundation uses the GoodCity app; allowing you to offer items you no longer want with ease.
- Open the app, provide some basic information on the items you wish to give away, and expert volunteers will review your items. You can expect to receive an answer within a few minutes to know whether your items are needed.
- Otherwise, drop your items off at Crossroads’ Tuen Mun facility. Schedule a drop-off time via their GoodCity app.
- Crossroads is also one of the best places to volunteer in Hong Kong – worth checking out.
What items won’t Crossroads Hong Kong accept?
- There are no hard and fast rules about what they can’t take; instead, the organization provides some general guidelines on items they can’t take.
- Firstly, they can only take stuff that’s in demand by people in need. The size of your good matters, too, with items like king-sized beds not being needed.
- Your things need to be in good working order – the charity doesn’t have a repair service. Similarly, things that can easily break can’t be taken, so you’ll need to find somewhere else for your glass dining table.
Greendot – donate in Hong Kong
Why we chose Greendot:
- Greendot’s whole focus is sustainable living. It was established in 2012 and its main aim is to collect and recycle old furniture.
- Your donations will be either given to people in need or sold in second-hand markets. Some of the proceeds will go to non-profit or charity operations.
What you can donate at Greendot:
How to donate to Greendot:
- Greendot collects. Go through the link to schedule the pickup of your items.
Nik Ki of DB Mothers and Friends – donate in Hong Kong
Why we chose Nik Ki of DB Mothers and Friends:
- Nik Ki has a great track record of re-homing lots of items. We really can’t say enough about this lovely lady.
- If you intend to donate but don’t have the chance to get to a collection center, Nik Ki will arrange to pick up your items. All you need to do is cover the reasonable delivery costs.
- This organization, or more accurately, this one-woman band, doesn’t have a warehouse. Instead, she’ll arrange for your donated goods to be sent straight to those in need.
- The types of places that’ll end up with your pre-loved stuff include; charities, schools, churches, community centers, and families that get referred to them via social workers.
- Nik Ki is known for sending photos of the appliances or furniture installed in their new homes to people who have donated items.
What you can donate:
- Baby clothes
How and where to donate to Nik Ki
- The collection will be organized from all across Hong Kong, not just Discovery Bay. All you need to do is send Nik Ki a photo of your unwanted items, address, and contact number. Join the Facebook group for more details.
- Nik Ki’s impact is large; she’s helped redistribute thousands of goods. If you donate via this method, you can be sure that your items will be putting a smile on the face of those in need.
What can’t you donate to Nik Ki?
- Nothing is set in stone regarding what can or can’t be accepted. As with many organizations, they accept items in high demand and are relatively easy to give to people.
- Ensure everything you want to donate is in good condition and have some photos ready to send once you’ve made contact.
PathFinders – donate in Hong Kong
Why we chose PathFinders:
- PathFinders is on a mission to protect the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children in Hong Kong. They assist vulnerable, pregnant, migrant mothers, and they also have a dedicated hotline for migrant workers. If you want to know where to donate items in Hong Kong, PathFinders is one of the best options.
- If you’re looking for places to donate baby clothes in HK, your first choice should be PathFinders.
- They not only require supplies for infants, medical support for babies, shelter, food, and nurturing, but they also look for people who can help out in procuring birth certificates for unregistered newborns.
What to donate to PathFinders:
- Newborn and children’s clothes (up to 12 months)
- Baby blankets.
- Baby carriers, baby slings, and wraps.
- Disposable nappies (up to 1 year / 11kg)
- Baby milk formula (newborn to 1 year) – within the expiration date.
- Maternity clothes.
- Nappy rash cream – unopened.
- Sanitary items.
- Small soft toys/rattlers for newborns or toddlers
How you can donate:
- Pathfinders collect essential newborn and maternity supplies.
- Drop-off is also available at their center in Kowloon. Get in touch with them online if you need to discuss donations or helping out in other ways.
Top tip: Ensure that all donated items are dry, clean, and in good condition, and include your name, telephone number, and email address inside each of your donation bags/boxes
What donations won’t PathFinders accept?
They aren’t able to take in:
- Car seats
- Bulky prams
- High chairs
- Cots/ baby beds
- Expired or opened food/ baby formula
- Adult clothing, except maternity clothing
FAQs for how to donate in Hong Kong
Where can I make toy donations near me in Hong Kong?
The Salvation Army offers a hassle-free drop-off service for children’s toys. The Salvation Army has 17 locations where you can donate.
Where can I donate shoes in Hong Kong?
How can I donate furniture in Hong Kong?
Get all the answers by reading our in-depth post about getting rid of second-hand furniture in Hong Kong.
What types of items are Hong Kong charities generally looking for?
Charities in Hong Kong generally wanted gently used items in good working order. It’s unlikely you’ll find a charity willing to accept something broken and in need of repair.
Also, charities tend to prefer smaller pieces of furniture. If you have a large-sized sofa that wouldn’t fit in a typical apartment in Hong Kong, you shouldn’t expect too much demand from a charity.
What should I do if a charity won’t accept my donation?
If you have items that aren’t needed by charities, don’t give up. There are other ways to make sure your second-hand items will be reused.
The best options are to try to sell your unwanted goods on well-known online platforms such as Asiaxpat or Geoexpat. Before placing a classified for a second-hand item, make sure you check out previous ads so you can understand the second-hand market pricing.
If you fail to sell an item, try offering it for free on these websites but insist that the new owner does self-pick-up.
How much time do I need for making donations in Hong Kong?
Plan around a month to organize your donations. While charities might be pretty quick to respond about whether or not they’ll accept an item, often it will take longer to fit into their pickup schedule.
Where can I make second-hand clothes donations in Hong Kong?
Where can I donate maternity clothes in Hong Kong?
Refugee Union is one of the best places for maternity clothes donations in Hong Kong. They help many refugee colonies where, sadly, many young mothers require help.
Mother’s Choice is another great option. This organization is devoted to helping out mothers in distress and young mothers in crisis.
Where can I donate baby clothes in Hong Kong?
For infant and kids’ clothing, we highly recommend donating to Christian Action. Working with the disadvantaged and marginalized in Hong Kong, Christian Action always needs infant and child clothing.
Where can I donate electrical appliances in Hong Kong?
Happy Shop’s motto is recycling, restoring, and upcycling. They take donations of second-hand appliances like old phones, TVs, and vacuums. They also offer pick-up services from your doorstep.
Green Dot and PathFinders are two other good options for donating second-hand appliances.
Where can I donate a TV in Hong Kong?
You can donate a TV to the Salvation Army in Hong Kong. See details above.
Where can I make book donations in Hong Kong?
Donating kids books in Hong Kong
For children’s book donations, we recommend Rebooked
Rebooked follows the motto, “Read, reuse, repeat.” The aim is to create a sustainable way to read books; hence they started this initiative.
Bring Me a Book Hong Kong is a non-profit organization with the mission to make every family literate. If you’ve got books to spare, donate your second-hand books here.
Nice is a kid’s educational initiative that also accepts adult books to maximize literacy.
Who takes bike donations in Hong Kong?
Get in touch with Crossroads Foundation it’s a great place to donate many things, and that includes donating second-hand bikes.
We hope this list of 5 charities in Hong Kong is helpful for anyone who has gently used items that are still in good working condition. We’ve noted the type of goods they accept, their location, and what you need to bring with your donation. If you have any questions or concerns about donating your unused items, please contact them directly!
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