Pass It On
Started by the Central Singapore Community Development Council and managed by welfare organisation The Helping Hand, the site matches items that people want to donate to the wish list of the needy.
How it works: Post a picture of what you want to give away (furniture, electrical goods, mobility aids, you name it) together with
a short description
of it on the website – your item should still work. Then, wait for someone to accept your donation.
Social workers from 285 voluntary welfare organisations are participants in the initiative – they, too, will post requests for items that families under their charge need. They do not have storage space, so your item goes directly to the needy. You can deliver it to them or pay a fee for it to be picked up from your home.
New2U Thrift Shop
96 Waterloo Street, tel: 6837-0611. Open Mon-Fri, 10.30am-2.30pm
Volunteers at the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO) run this thrift shop, which accepts clothes, books, toys, bags and utensils that are then sold there. Proceeds go towards Star Shelter – a temporary refuge for women and children who are victims of violence – as well as other SCWO initiatives. To donate, indicate “Donation for New2U” on your giveaway bags and drop them off at the thrift shop.
Free is the keyword here. Post what you want to give away in a chat box on the website and if there is someone who is looking for your donation, it’s a done deal. Most givers and receivers liaise through the Facebook page, where you can upload photos of your item.
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