It is the Chinese New Year! We all love our children, and naturally, we would want them to start the year with brand new comfortable clothes. But the truth is, babies grow out of their clothes ridiculously fast. In 3 months, the clothes you carefully and lovingly picked for them are now too small! For many parents, this presents a dilemma of what they should do with the undesired baby clothing piling up in the closet.
The first solution that often comes to mind is throwing it all away. However, instead of throwing away clothes that are still in perfect condition, why not take the opportunity to give back to society and help those less fortunate? Here are 3 reasons why you should donate your child’s preloved clothes to your local charity.
Reasons you should donate your baby’s old clothes
You are helping others
Perhaps the best reason you should donate is to help the less fortunate. You may be able to afford new clothes for your little ones, but others who are facing financial difficulties may not be so lucky. Not only does this give other children a chance to wear better quality clothing, but it also reduces the parent’s expenses on buying new clothes and allocating the money into their child’s education or buying daily necessities instead.
Reduce carbon footprint
It may come as a shock, but donating clothes can help the environment as well. To produce just one cotton shirt, it requires approximately 2700 litres of water. Yes, just one piece of your simple plain t-shirt requires that much water. Surely you can imagine how much water and energy is wasted when you throw away 10 or 20 of your baby’s clothing into your trash bin. On the other hand, donating your baby’s preloved clothes to charity will reduce overall water and energy consumption from the factories—making our carbon footprint smaller, but our contributions to society even bigger.
Get your child involved
They might be too young to understand what donating is, but that gives you even more reason to get them involved! It helps groom them to become compassionate and empathetic individuals at a young age. When donating your child’s preloved clothes, involve them in the choosing process. This would teach them to be grateful for what they have and to understand that there are less fortunate children out there.
With those reasons in mind, you must be wondering where you can donate your baby’s clothes right? There are plenty of charitable and non-profit organisations who are dedicated to humanitarian causes.
But before you rummage through your closet, it is important to note that all of us should follow the SOP (Standard Operating Procedures) set out by the ministry of health. If you are intending to donate clothes to charity, all clothes should be sanitised and cleaned before donating. Most charities have stopped physical meetups between donors and volunteers, but have opened up drop off areas. Of course, you should wear a mask and maintain social distancing when you are out donating. So with that in mind, here are 5 organisations that would happily take in your baby‘s old clothes.
5 organisations that would happily take in your baby‘s old clothes
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is recognised internationally and it has a branch in Singapore. The organisation has been the go-to place for Singaporeans during spring cleaning as they accept all forms of donation items, such as household goods, toys, books and of course, clothes! The Salvation Army is one of the most convenient places to donate your baby’s preloved clothes due to having 8 Donation-in kind booths all around Singapore.
Main headquarters: 20 Bishan Street 22, Singapore 579768
Contact number: +65 6288 5438
Operating hours: Monday – Sunday, 7am – 9pm
Mummybay was created to help charities manage donations. Charities have to turn down donations due to lack of storage and other factors. Mummybay solves this problem by connecting the donor directly with the receiving charity member. They are partners with pregnancy support organisations such as Babes and Safe Place. They accept any baby-related items such as baby clothing, breast pumps, toys, footwear and more. Due to not having a drop-off area, Mummybay connects with donors directly to the receiving charity member. Simply sign up on their website and contact them, and you can make a positive difference for the lives of estranged mothers and their little ones.
Babes is dedicated to helping teenage women who are pregnant at a young age by supporting them emotionally and financially. They guide teenage mothers who lack support from their family or partner or are in a financially difficult situation. The organisation is the perfect place to donate your old baby clothes as well as other baby items such as pacifiers and diapers. They have limited space so ensure that you email them at firstname.lastname@example.org with what you intend to donate.
Location: 26 Jalan Klinik, #01-42/52, Singapore 160026
Contact number: +65 6664 8591
Greensquare aims to provide free textile recycling services to residents and organisations in Singapore. In short, they recycle all textiles and fabrics collected and it would all be sent to developing countries, where importers can sell them at affordable prices. They also promote environmental awareness and educate students through different programs. However, do note that they do not accept used socks and undergarments. But clean shoes and shirts that are in good condition are acceptable. If you are a huge advocate for protecting the environment, Greensquare got you covered. Although the pandemic has caused the organisation to seize all door-to-door collections, you still can donate at their 11 drop-off locations.
Location: The Green Collective (Funan mall) – 107 North Bridge Road #02-18
Operating hours: Saturday and Sunday, 11am- 9pm
H&M is a Swedish multinational clothing-retail company known for its fast-fashion clothing for men, women, teenagers and children. They initiated a programme that aims for a sustainable fashion future. In short, they have set up recycling bins across the outlets in Singapore. Clothes that can be reused would be marketed as second-hand clothing while damaged materials would be converted to other products such as cleaning clothes or fabrics. What this means is that clothing of any condition would be accepted. So, if you have a plethora of baby clothes in different conditions, rest assured that H&M would gladly take it from your hands. There is also an additional benefit, for every bag of textiles you have recycled, you will receive a 15% discount voucher.
It is the new year and many are already looking to buy brand new clothes. And if you have a baby, you have probably already bought them some new red clothes to match this year’s CNY theme. Of course, there is nothing wrong with buying new clothes, as long as you know what to do with the old ones! Donating your baby’s old clothes to charitable organisations ultimately benefits society as a whole, so take the opportunity and help the little ones and their parents out.
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