I have a few clothes that aren’t torn or anything but I just don’t wear them anymore. For some reason, my clothes don’t tear that often. It’s probably a testament to their durability than any special care that I subject them to. I also haven’t changed much over the years, so I haven’t outgrown my clothes. I still wear t-shirts that I see myself wearing in photos clicked in 1997. But there are some clothes that you just, you know, retire. As I’m moving out of Bangalore, these are the ones that I don’t want to carry along with me. They would be of much greater use to others around me, who aren’t as lucky as I am.
So over the past few days, I’ve tried searching the net for some places where you can go to donate used clothes. I would have thought that in a city like Bangalore, there must be quite a few charities that you could go to if you wanted to donate and you would be able to find them online. But a Google search renders almost nothing. It’s a little sad..
But then, we all know that someone above holds all the strings.. so last week, when I was at my bank for some stuff, a walk around led me to what I was searching for. So here’s what I did.. my footprints in the sand. Hopefully, if you’re looking to donate clothes in Bangalore, this post would help you..
Take the 100 Ft. Road in Indiranagar from Domlur Flyover to the CMH Road Crossing. At the Crossing, turn right. A 100 meters in, you’ll see ICICI bank on your left and right next to the bank, a road cuts in. Take that road, within 50 metres you’ll reach a T-junction that hits a road called the Sri Krishna Temple Road. Across the road, a little to your right, you’ll see Nilgiris and right next to it is a School for the Visually Impaired.
They have drop boxes outside the school, 3 of them in bright yellow colour. One of them is for food, another for clothes and the third one for old newspapers and books.
An hour ago, I dropped off my old clothes in the clothes drop box, told the girl sitting at the reception inside and walked away. It was simple, really. And it felt pretty good :)
Addendum: If I hadn’t come across that school, I would have headed here. You can try this one too and contribute to their clothes bank. I had called them up and they seemed like nice people.
Update in Nov 2016: I wrote this post in 2009, which is when (as is apparent by its content) I left Bangalore. This post attracts a lot of people and so could I please ask that if someone does go to the school I have mentioned recently, please leave a comment. If you know of any other ways to donate clothes in Bangalore, please leave a comment. Leave your footprints in the sand for others to follow.