While it might be popular during the Christmas season and the New Year to get rid of all of our old and unwanted items, don’t forget that this is something we can and should be doing all year round! Your used items can often be extremely helpful for those who require a helping hand.
Many of us ask how we can help, what we can do and where we can donate, and Elisa Stella from ELP-Expat is here with the answers!
Here is a list of safe and trustworthy organizations that will accept your used clothing, household items, and other goods:
There are 8 Fairhaus stores across Düsseldorf where you can bring your used clothes (children, women and men clothes), shoes, bags, toys and household goods that are still in good condition.
Furniture is also accepted, but in this case, you will need to take a picture of the furniture you want to donate, send it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and wait for a response. If the furniture can be reused/repurposed, the team will arrange an appointment to pick it up. Unfortunately, they do not accept electrical devices, bed sheets or dawn items.
Profamilia supports families and children, so they’re grateful if you bring in children’s clothes and toys. They offer an exhaustive program of consultancy for women about all topics regarding pregnancy (maternity wear is also welcome). Bring your used goods to the following address during office hours:
Himmelgeister Str. 107 a
Telefon: 0211 315051
Fax: 0211 341294
OXFAM collects and sells clothes and small household goods such as cutlery, dishes, and home decorations. These items will then be sold in their shops and all revenues are invested into social projects aimed at fighting poverty in countries around the world.
In Düsseldorf there are two shops where you can bring your stuff (from Monday to Friday 10 am – 7 pm, and Saturday 10 am – 3 pm):
- Nordstraße 9, 40477 Düsseldorf
- Friedrichstraße 25, 40217 Düsseldorf
Caritas collects clothes, pieces of furniture, electronic devices and household articles. These used items are then sold at fair prices to people in need (and at normal prices to all others). Their employees are involved in social projects.
Address: Völklinger Str. 24 – 36, 40221 Düsseldorf
Hours of Operation: Monday to Thursday 8.30 am – 4 pm
If you have big pieces of furniture, you can arrange with them an appointment: they assess your goods and eventually pick them up.
Their department called “Einzigware” is definitely one of the coolest upcycling initiatives I know in Düsseldorf. They produce fashion items and decorative pieces made of secondhand donations. These secondhand items become fashionable unique goods thanks to the handcraftsmanship of their workers. Some pieces in their collection are also available online.
„Tafel“ means „table“ and their aim is to provide food to people in need. Tafel collects food products from companies and retailers (for safety, logistics and legal reasons usually not from private households), however, you can support them in several ways:
- Volunteer as a driver to collect or deliver goods
- Offer food donations for their Christmas packages. This year you can bring non-perishable food, in sealed packages on Wednesday, December 13th to St. Benedikt Schule, Charlottenstr. 110. For instance cans, noodles and dried beans.
People and families in need regularly receive this food, provided that they prove their income status by showing a specific certificate (e.g. Hartz-IV-Bescheid).
This is the equivalent of Tafel e. V. for pets. You can bring packaged/sealed goods to their offices at Bilker Allee 223, 40215 every Thursday between 3 -5 pm. You can also make a donation (deductible from income tax) sent to the following bank account:
Tiertafel Düsseldorf e.V.
IBAN: DE28330605920005070099 / BIC: GENODED1SPW
Sparda-Bank West eG
To contribute more actively, you can join their association and become a member: 20 Euro/year as a simple member and 20 Euro/month to become a premium member. For more info, you can get in touch directly with email@example.com / Tel.: 0175 3669606
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