You Can Donate Unwanted Items To Foreign Workers This Chinese New Year

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It’s Chinese New Year soon and what’s one thing that happens every single year?

Spring cleaning.

Now, no matter whether you’re a Marie Kondo who can only rest easy after throwing tons of stuff just before Chinese New Year

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Or my mom who just can’t throw anything out because it’s “a waste”, there will still be items that you have to throw away.

But what if.

What if…

You can get rid of the items yet give them a second lease of life?

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Here’s how. Or, should I say, what.

S’pore Welfare Organisation Looking For Donations This Chinese New Year

And no, they’re not asking for money. They’re asking for something else: pre-loved items.

Organised by ItsRainingRaincoats, they are looking to spread the joy of Chinese New Year to migrant workers.

chinese new year donation call
Image: Facebook (itsrainingraincoat) 

Items they are looking for includes: 

  • Umbrellas
  • Caps
  • Backpacks
  • Men’s clothing & shoes
  • Phones
  • Headphones
  • Battery packs
  • Laptops
  • Even unopened Chinese New Year goodies that are not past the expiry date

One request they have, though, is for the items to be in good condition.

Meaning, if you won’t want to get these items, chances are, they won’t want it too. But that’s subjective so they’ve listed down a few pointers.

Please Do Not Donate Items That Are:

  • Stained
  • Torn
  • Worn out
  • Mouldy
  • Broken
  • With missing parts
  • Unusable

And they hope that donors will ensure that the items donated are cleaned and wash before donating.


So Do Something Good This Chinese New Year

After all, we, Chinese, believe (mostly) in karma. Do good things and people will do good things for you in return.

And what better period than to do it during Chinese New Year, right?

After all, our migrant workers have toiled under the hot sun to build our roads, our buildings and even helped out whenever they can.

Like the workers who were spotted helping to carry a wheelchair-bound elderly man up the bus.

And a plus point? Your precious items do not go directly into the bin (which is bad for the environment) but are reused by someone who would definitely appreciate it.

One bird, two stones, and all that jazz.


Only Dropoffs Due To Resource Constraints

They have dropoff areas all across the island, which makes it convenient for Singaporeans to do some good this Chinese New Year.

Unfortunately, even if you’re super busy, they’re not able to collect your pre-loved goods from your doorstep.

Image: Facebook (ItsRainingRaincoats)

But if you’re thinking of using them as a disposal service, don’t bother.

They added that donations that are deemed unacceptable may be returned to the donor’s doorsteps.


You can find out more about their collection points here.

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