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Where To Donate: 5 Organizations That Would Welcome Your Pre-Owned Items

Now is the best time to declutter and organize your essentials

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Photography: Habitat For Humanity ReStore Philippines (Main Photo)

The start of the year would find most us giving the home a proper going through. Whether you're scheduling a general cleaning or having an annual purge of items you no longer use or need, it’s a good start that can help you give the home a fresh, new look.

It’s safe to say that after cleaning and sorting through your stuff, you’d have boxes of items you’re planning to discard. Before you leave them outside, are you a hundred percent sure these are all going straight to a landfill? Double check them once again and see if there are pieces that others can use. Once you’ve separated these must-have from the rest, check out these five organizations that will welcome them with open arms and happy hearts:

1. Segunda Mana

Any old item that can still be used is welcomed by Segunda Mana, the fund-raising project of Caritas Manila. The proceeds that they earn from selling secondhand items are then used to fund Caritas Manila’s programs for the poor like Caritas Salve—a microfinance cooperative, Caritas Damayan—a disaster risk reduction and management program, and Caritas Iskils, which deals with urban poor empowerment.

While you’re at the store, why not check some of the pre-loved items, too? We’ve been told by one of the staff that some girls actually score luxury bags—Balenciaga, anyone?—for a fraction of the price.

Segunda Mana accepts old items that can still be used, pieces that still have value, new items, old stock, and non-moving inventory.

For more details and to schedule a pick-up for your items, you can call (02) 564-0205 and 562-0020 t0 25. You can also e-mail caritas_manila[at]yahoo.com or visit the Caritas Manila website.

2. Ortigas Library Foundation

Got titles that you’d love to pass on to a new reader? Bring them to the Ortigas Library Foundation. It has a library program that distributes books to underfunded libraries around the country. An old textbook can help someone with a difficult assignment, while a History book can take them back to our country’s colorful past.

The Ortigas Library Foundation accepts books, history books, and other materials that tackle Philippine history, art, and culture.

For donations and inquiries, call them at (02) 631-1231 to 38, local numbers 228 and 222. You can also visit the Ortigas Library Foundation website.

RL Tip: If the Ortigas Library Foundation is too far away from where you live, why not donate your old books to your alma mater? Call them to inquire.

3. Habitat For Humanity ReStore Philippines

Do you have extra building materials at home? ReStore would gladly pick-up your extra or unused cement bags and unopened cans of paint. Slightly used furniture pieces and appliances are also welcomed by the organization.

ReStore is Habitat for Humanity’s donation center that sells donated items for less than the original retail price to fund their building projects. The money acquired from the sales of these items are used to build homes and communities around the country.

ReStore accepts slightly used furniture, home appliances, and building materials like paint, cement, and G.I. sheets, to name a few. The organization only accepts items that are in good condition.

To schedule a pick-up, you can call (0927) 527-0887 or (0908)727-3377. You can also e-mail restore[at]habitat.org.ph for inquiries. Visit the ReStore website for more information. 

4. LoveYourself, Inc.

 

Your old but working desktop or laptop need not end up in a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) because organization LoveYourself would gladly take it off your hands. This community of volunteers hopes to use your old computer and old office furniture to fight the spread of HIV/ AIDS among the youth and the affected part of the population. Through awareness, education, and counseling, they hope to promote the value of a healthy self-worth and self-confidence. In more practical ways, they provide HIV Confidential Counseling and Testing to young people and LGBT—MSM (Men having sex with Men.)

LoveYourself, Inc. accepts office supplies, computers, and furniture. For more information, visit their website.

5. Philippine Toy Library

Are your kids drowning in toys? If they can let go of some, then why not share them with other kids in the country? The Philippine Toy Library can help you get these toys to other kids. The young organization—they just started in 2012—sets up toy libraries in cramped urban areas which serve as spaces for creativity, imagination, social interactions, and play. They've set up such spaces nationwide—from Sagada in the north to Sulu in the south.

The Philippine Toy Library accepts toys, books, chairs, paint, flooring materials, and balikbayan boxes to transport donated items to project areas in the Philippines.

Drop off your donations at 56 Esteban Abada St., Loyola Heights, Quezon City. You can also contact them through mobile at (0917) 318-2795 or through e-mail at info[at]toylibraryph.com. Visit the Philippine Toy Library website for more details.

PHOTOS: Facebook pages of the different organizations—Segunda Mana | Ortigas Library Foundation | Habitat for Humanity ReStore Philippines | Philippine Toy Library

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