12 November 2013
If you’d like to support the thousands of people caught up in Typhoon Haiyan but don’t have much spare money, don’t worry – we can turn your unwanted clothes and other items into life-saving relief.
The British Red Cross has just launched ‘Shop Drop for the Philippines’ at its network of 330 shops across the UK. (You can find your local shop using our 'Find your nearest...' search tool on the right-hand side of this page.)
When you drop your donated goods at Red Cross shops, you can specify that they be sold to raise money for the Typhoon Haiyan Appeal. All your items will then be specially labelled for shoppers to see.
The Red Cross welcomes all good quality clothing, accessories, household items, furniture and books – which it can quickly turn into cash. And you’d be surprised how much of a difference your donations can make.
On average, just a small bag of donated items can buy a hygiene parcel – containing everyday essentials, such as toothpaste and soap – that will last a family of five for a month.
And a bin-liner of donated goods could provide a family of five in the Philippines with a kitchen set containing pots, pans and utensils so they can cook for themselves.
Another way to help
Typhoon Haiyan is reported to be the most powerful storm to make landfall since records began. Winds of over 190mph have battered the islands, claiming hundreds of lives and leaving millions more in desperate need of food, shelter and medical care.
Mark Astarita, director of fundraising, said: “No one can fail to have been moved by this terrible disaster, but we understand that not everyone has spare cash to give.
“That’s why the Red Cross is offering our supporters another way to help. Your bag of unwanted items could translate into vital help for people struggling to survive.”
Find your local shop using our 'Find your nearest...' search tool on the right-hand side of this page.
Read our blog about the typhoon's devastating impact