When in doubt, ask a local, and that’s exactly what I did. After living in Bangkok for so many years, I finally asked a local friend “where can I donate clothes for charity? What are the charity options for me to do the good deed?
The company he worked at recently donated some clothes to the Yuvabadhana Foundation, or rather, to the Pankan Shop (ร้านปันกัน โดย มูลนิธิยุวพัฒน์). The foundation accepts good condition items ranging from clothing, bags, shoes, furniture, household and electrical appliances, toys, books, etc. These items will then be sold at the Pankan (thrift) shop. It is a non-profit organization; all proceeds go to the foundation’s education scholarship for under-privileged children.
Conveniently, there is a Pankan shop at เซ็นทรัล ลาดพร้าว (CentralPlaza Ladprao) near to where I stay. The shop is located in front of B2S, at the basement. The Pankan shop here is a store for customers to shop, and it also serves as drop-off point with a donation box provided. Staff told me that it’s a permanent store; you should be able to drop off your donation items there at anytime. However, it is best to check their Facebook before your visit to be sure. You’ll also be able to arrange pickup service for donation, but the items must be at least 5 large bags, or large items .. which I guess covers big items such as refrigerator, television, etc. There is a queue system; collection might not be immediate.
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure! When I was there, there were customers browsing in the store. I saw clothing items, shoes, lego sets, notebook, etc to name a few at the store – and yes, there was a bottle of salad dressing too!. I also saw preloved jeans priced at 120 baht and a preloved dress at 69 baht only – hopefully, these items bring (affordable) happiness to others.
Not wanting to make donation faux paux, I looked for donation do’s and don’ts, and here are some of them:
- Wash clothing items before donating.
- Check no items left in pockets.
- Clothing items – make sure no stains, ripped or broken zippers, missing parts, etc.
- Furniture and appliances – make sure it’s in working condition.
- Pack/sort out the items according to category – pack separately for clothes, books, etc.
- More here (video in Thai language): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKHMmz2dzM8
Of course, I then made it a point to wash clothes that I have not wear for a while and also removed 2 pants with broken zippers.
If you’re getting rid of stuffs, why not turn that annual spring cleaning into making the world a slightly better place?
Pankan Shop by Yuvabadhana Foundation ร้านปันกัน โดย มูลนิธิยุวพัฒน์
Tel: 02 301-1096 (Mon-Fri 9.00-17.00)