10 NGOs in the city for you to donate clothes, books and toys

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Today is Giving Tuesday. It’s time to count our blessings and also to spare a thought for the less fortunate. Find out how you can spread some joy in their lives.

Gratitude for the little and many blessings in our life: isn’t it an important virtue to have? In this era of excesses and the desire to shower our kids with more wants than needs, the onus of helping them recognize the difference between the two and teaching them to donate clothes, books and toys rests with the parents.

Some of us choose to express our thanks and gratefulness on specific days like Thanksgiving and Christmas or practice the joy of giving on festive occasions like Diwali and some others earmark anniversaries and birthdays to extend their services to the community.

It’s a great idea to encourage kids to sort the clothes and toys they no longer use or need and have them accompany you on a trip to a nearby orphanage or NGO. You can even choose to do this activity to celebrate their birthdays in a unique manner.

Here are 10 NGOs you can choose to make your contributions to: 

1. Shishu Mandir, Virgonagar

Founded in 1983 by Hella Mundhra, Shishu Mandir is a children’s home that runs on charity. It works towards the betterment of the children from the poorest backgrounds by providing a caring and supportive environment as well as giving them free education and vocational training to aid employment. This NGO also works for the upliftment of men and women, often the parents of these children,  by providing them the necessary skills to find gainful employment. Women who seek empowerment from abusive spouses are given hope and a means to lead a meaningful life.

What kind of donations?

Aside from funds that are exempted from tax under section 80 G, they accept donations in kind that are in decent, usable condition. You can donate old clothes for kids, men and women, toys, utensils, groceries, furniture, books, games and more.

If you are keen, you can contact them over the phone and they will provide you with a list of things that they might require currently.

Do they provide a pick-up? 

Yes, they can arrange if intimated 2-3 days in advance.

Address
Hella Nagar, Virgonagar, Bangalore 560049

Telephone
General enquiry: Ms.Divya: +91-9379271391, +91-80-32970700
Children’s home: Ms. Alice: +91-80-25610456
For the School: Ms. Savitha: +91-80-2561968

Website


2. Karunashraya – The Bangalore Hospice Trust ( BHT), Marathahalli

Started by the Indian Cancer Society (Karnataka Chapter) and Rotary Bangalore Indiranagar, Karunarshraya provides a loving home for the terminally ill patients, providing them with free palliative care, dignity, and comfort that is needed in the last stages of their life.

What kind of donations?

They accept monetary contributions as well as donations in kind. Gently used or new material of any kind can be donated. The ones that cannot be used for the patients are set up in a charity shop for sale and the proceeds therefrom are used for patient care. You can donate old clothes, toys, books, utensils, and even furniture.

Do they provide a pick-up? 

No

Address
Old Airport Varthur Main Road, Kundalahalli Gate, Marathahalli, Bangalore 560037

Telephone:
+91-80-42685666
+91-80-28476133
+91-80-28476509

Email: info@karunashraya.org

Website


3. Goonj, Hosur Main Road

Anshu Gupta started this organization along with a group of friends in 1999. “Cloth for work” is one of the primary initiatives started by this organization that has identified and recognised cloth as one of the basic needs for a dignified life. They collect clothes and help these reach the far-flung rural areas. They have made noteworthy contributions in the field of menstrual hygiene, school education and development work in the disaster-struck areas.

What kind of donations?

Apart from clothes that are in usable condition, you are free to donate school stationery, books, toys, dry ration, old newspapers, magazines, woolens, office equipment, furniture. Please click here for a complete list.

Monetary contributions are currently eligible for a 50% tax rebate.

Do they provide a pick-up? 

No. They have several drop centres around the city. You can choose the one closest to your location to drop off your contributions.

Address
SY No51/1, Chikka Begur Gate, Hosur Main Road, Kudlu Gate, Bangalore 560068, Near Agrawal Hospital

Telephone
Me.Chandan
+91-9663798026
+91-9620136320

Email: chandan@goonj.org

Website


4. Abhilashrayam, Sahakar Nagar

Started in 2009, this NGO began as an orphanage for the underprivileged children and has since then grown to provide shelter and care for the disabled, blind, elderly, women, and youth. The organization provides the best possible care for the abandoned and destitute in terms of shelter, education and vocational training that will help them find a place of dignity and respect in the mainstream world.

What kind of donations?

They accept ONLY monetary contributions that are used to support the various causes they are involved with. You can support by sponsoring food for a day, month or annually or sponsoring a child’s education, an elderly’s treatment, so on and so forth. The complete details can be found here. All donations are exempt from tax under 80G.

**You can choose to celebrate your anniversary or your child’s birthday with them. They would surely love that but request you to NOT cut the cake.**

Address
Abilashrayam Trust (R), 373, 2nd Cross, Muniswamappa Layout, Opposite Kodigehalli Police Station, Kodigehalli, Sahakar Nagar, Bangalore 560092

Telephone
+91-80-41737927

Website


5. Peace child India, Chamarajpet West

They work mainly for health, education, and welfare of the youth and young children. They target the young offenders housed in government shelters and provide them with the necessary education and training along with medical and sanitary facilities. They also have an outreach program that helps children studying in government schools get a better life.

What kind of donations?

They accept material donations that are in good and usable condition. You could donate anything from old clothes (nothing fancy) for children and adults, toys, stationery, play equipment books to computers, laptops, and other learning aid.

Do they provide a pick-up?

No. However, they would be willing to discuss the logistics, depending upon the location and extent of collection.

Address
88, 1st Main Road, Chamarajpet West, Bangalore 560018

Telephone
+91-80-26506425

Website


6. Mathru Educational Trust For The Blind, Yelahanka New Town

They provide free education and vocational training for people who are differently-abled. They operate two schools that have done impressive work by supporting the vision and hearing impaired or with multi-sensory disabilities through extensive programs.

What kind of donations?

To meet their growing operational costs and to maintain a specific standard of service, they accept monetary donations in small and big amounts. You could also choose to be a volunteer and involve yourself in activities such as teaching spoken English, telling stories, translating textbooks into soft copies, or even taking the kids out for an outing.

Click here to find complete details.

Address
4th Cross, Yelahanka 4th Phase, Yelahanka New Town, Bangalore 560064

Telephone
+91-80-2846 3992

Website


7. Holy Family Home For The Aged, Nagawara

They are primarily a home for aged women and provide them a caring and safe shelter.

What kind of donations?

They accept donations in cash or kind. You can donate clothes for (only) women aged above 60, dry ration like rice, dal, pulses,etc.

Do they provide a pick-up?

No. You need to visit them personally.

Address
No.90, Ring Road, Veeranpalya, Nagawara, Bangalore 560045

Telephone
+91-80-25444360
+91-9986057498


8. R K Foundation, N.R. Road

Started by two family friends, R.K. foundation was founded to bridge the gap between the haves and the have-nots. The organization works to provide food, clothing and medical relief to the poor, needy, elderly, women, and children. They collect contributions in cash and kind through corporate and individual collection drives and distribute through civil society organizations.

What kind of donations?

Contributions in cash and kind are welcome. You can donate wearable old clothes and stationery. You could even buy new clothes and medicines that can be distributed. The organization seeks volunteers to organize collection fund drives or collection in kind that is required for their various initiatives like food, clothing, medical relief, education, and the environment.

Do they provide a pick-up? 

A free pick-up is provided within 3 km radius, between 6 pm to 9 pm.

Address
#2 & 3, Near Raja Building, 2nd Floor, N.R. Road, Bangalore 560002
Near Townhall Signal, above Kamath Restaurant & Andhra Bank

Telephone
+91-80-22210088
Mr.K.Venkateshwaran: +91-9845115256
Ms. Sumathi Rangachar: +91-9845453403

Email: info@rkfoundation.org

Website


9. Makkala Jagriti, Malleshwaram

This organization, established in 2003, offers a holistic learning environment for children who lack such opportunities and cannot otherwise afford such an education. They have established several enriching learning centers that are successful in training children in specialized courses and enabled them to blend into the mainstream. Their school project had influenced government teachers to adopt a child-centric pedagogy.

What kind of donations?

You can donate any learning aid like books, computers, toys that are in good condition. You could also choose to be a volunteer for their many programs like reading, summer camps, workshops, physical education, etc.

Monetary contributions are exempt from tax under section 80 G. Please click here for further information.

Do they provide a pick-up? 

No. Please call them before you drop off your contributions to their Head Office.

Address
30/1. 8th Main Road, Malleshwaram, Bangalore 560003

Telephone
+91-80-23449219

Website


10. Swanthana-Centre for Mentally and Physically Challenged Female Children, Ambedkar Nagar 

They provide a loving and caring home to the abandoned female children who are also mentally challenged and spastic (infants to pre-teens). They are doing excellent work in providing medical facilities and a hygienic environment for special children.

What kind of donations?

They accept donations in cash and kind. You can donate gently used clothes, toys, books, new medicines and even volunteer to spend your time with the children there.

Address
Sarjapur Road, Carmelaram P.O., Ambedkar Nagar, Bangalore 560035

Telephone
+91-80-28441153
+91- 9986951855

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