Donating clothes during lockdown
Every cloud has a silver lining and with the extra time we have indoors, now could be the perfect time to declutter your wardrobes and also do some good at the same time, by donating your unwanted clothes during lockdown.
Donations during lockdown
The only fly in that particular ointment – as pointed out by an article in Time Out magazine in January – is that, along with other “non-essential” retail outlets, charity shops have had to close their doors until the restrictions are eased.
Clearly, you don’t want to go leaving bags and bundles of used clothing on the street outside any charity shop – the accumulation of donations will only make the job of volunteers that much more difficult when they do return to their work and, besides, the clothing is bound to get wet in the continuing winter storms.
Despite these apparent setbacks, there are still ways you can donate your unwanted items of clothing to your favourite charity shops and good causes.
You can sell on Ebay, for example, and then donate the cash you have received from the sale. Or you can drop off clothes at your local clothing bank.
If you have more than a few unwanted clothing items that you want to donate, then an article published by OK! Magazine last month suggested how:
Click and collect
- quite apart from it not being a good idea simply to abandon donated items outside a charity shop, in lockdown you should probably not be leaving the house anyway (except for essential daily bouts of exercise);
- the website iCollectClothes is set up so that, from the comfort of your own sitting room, you can arrange a collection of the items you want to donate, and they will be collected from your front doorstep;
- the website works in partnership with many of the leading charities – including Heart UK, Remus Horse Sanctuary and my AFK (Working with Disability) – you get to choose the charity you want your donation to go to, and the items may be collected from your home as quickly as the next day;
- in the North of England (only), Collect my Clothes also offers a click and collect service, with donations to charities such as Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, the Alzheimer’s Society, and Everton in the Community (EitC);
- the family-run Donate Pre-Loved Clothes Goods company will also collect unwanted clothes for recycling and pledges to make a £250 donation to charity for every one ton of clothes collected;
- the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research, for example, lets you print off a postal address label from their respective websites, for you to stick on a neatly packed cardboard box and drop it off at your nearest Collect+ point (when you are passing one along the route of an essential journey, of course);
- the Air Ambulance and Children’s Air Ambulance Services have also organised a scheme where you can print off a postal address label and have your box or bundle of donations sent free to their collection warehouse.
Those familiar shop fronts along the high street may have been closed up for the duration of lockdown but that’s no obstacle to your continuing to donate to the charity or charities of your choice – and in some cases even organise collection from your doorstep.
This data is correct as at the time of writing.