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Where To Donate Your Unwanted Things

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Rummaging through old and forgotten belongings can be rather pleasant. Not only do you free up some space, but you also dig up a few good memories, as well as that long-lost item you thought was gone forever! After sorting through everything, you might have stuff that you don't need but it’s too good to toss. So, what do you do with it? donation

What better way to get rid of your unwanted stuff than giving it to charities trying to make a difference? It’s a win-win situation. Here are a few charities that will greatly appreciate your previously loved goods.

Joburg Child Welfare

Everyone deserves a wonderful childhood, which is why the Joburg Child Welfare is doing everything in their power to provide care and support to underprivileged and orphaned children, families and communities. As an independent NPO, they are always grateful for donations that furnish their centres and help those in their care.

How you can help: Donate your unwanted household items or clothing that are still in good condition. Kitchen appliances, cooking utensils, household goods, furniture, clothing, toiletries and food. If they are unable to make good use of items, they will sell them in their charity shop in the CBD.

The Charity Stores

The Charity Stores accepts almost anything and everything that can be sold to raise money for charity. They support interesting initiatives like hydroponics vegetable farming, beekeeping, animal welfare and also aid underprivileged children, the destitute, and the elderly. All donations are welcome.

How you can help: You can donate clothing, furniture, electronics, jewellery, tools, kitchen appliances and utensils, carpets, silverware, brassware, paintings and artworks – anything! Click here to find a Charity Shop near you.

SPCA Randburg

Self-reliant and dependent on donations from local businesses and the public, the SPCA Randburg needs your help to keep their organisation going and keep doing what they do best – taking care of animals in need. You can make a difference in a variety of ways, like making a financial donation or donating pet food and blankets. You can also contribute by giving your unwanted goods to their Charity Store or by dropping off your second-hand books at their Book Store. And if you have nothing to give, why not offer some of your time and energy to their volunteer programme? You can also extend your generosity and kindness to the Johannesburg SPCA, where you can purchase necessities for the animals from their pet store or support their craft markets.

How you can help: Pet food, blankets, second-hand books, furniture and clothes.

The Johannesburg Children’s Home

For children seeking refuge, The Johannesburg Children’s Home has become a safe haven. Kids aged between three and 18 years who have suffered neglect, abandonment or physical and emotional abuse get a chance to start a new life under the love and care of trained child care workers. Because their needs change daily, any donations will be greatly appreciated.

How you can help: Clothing (including pyjamas, school uniform grey pants, white school shirts, tracksuits, socks, underwear, shoes, etc), furniture, and second-hand items that are in good condition (crockery and cutlery, appliances, books, toys, etc). Click here for more information.

Nkosi’s Haven

Providing holistic care and a home for destitute HIV/AIDS-infected mothers, their children and orphans as a result of HIV-related deaths, Nkosi’s Haven is a safe haven without discrimination and prejudice. They also contribute by distributing a portion of their donations to other organisations in need.

How you can help: All kinds of donations are appreciated, from clothing and shoes to toys, bedding and furniture. Click here to see what they are looking for regarding donations.


Make a difference by donated your secondhand, good quality, unwanted goods to HospiceWits, who provides medical and psychological support for individuals and families facing terminal illness. The HospiceWits’ Retail Shops contributes a big amount of HospiceWits revenue stream, which is used to assist and fund families in need in the greater Johannesburg and Soweto areas. There are 14 HospiceWits Retail stores throughout the city. Click here to find your nearest one.

How you can help: Donate your pre-loved pots, pans, kitchen goods, crockery, cutlery, linen and curtains, clothing for men and women and children, furniture, electrical items that are still in working order, ornaments, books, DVDs, CDs, and toys.

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