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#ShopDrop for Refugee Crisis

Help us provide vital emergency aid for refugees in desperate need by donating your quality clothes and goods to one of our many shops across the UK.

Turn your clothing, accessories, household items or furniture into cash to help provide food, water and medical care for families risking their lives to flee war and persecution.

Simply ask to put your donated items towards our Europe Refugee Crisis Appeal and you can help people in desperate need. 

When you drop off your donations, why not shop with us as well? Your local Red Cross store will have a huge variety of items on offer, and with shops specialising in vintage, books, designer, bridal, furniture and electrical you're sure to find something for you.

What items can we sell in shops? 

  • Unwanted gifts 
  • Children’s clothing, toys and games 
  • Men’s and women’s clothing and shoes 
  • Books and multimedia like DVDs, CDs and vinyl 
  • Accessories, non-pierced jewellery, belts, handbags

What items can we not sell in shops?

  • Tents, tarpaulins, other camping equipment
  • Medication, solvents, cosmetics / toiletries
  • Food or drink, tobacco
  • Wheelchairs, bicycles, wheeled chair conveyances such as prams
  • Toys and nightwear that do not have the relevant safety labels
  • Used children’s shoes, clothing with drawstrings

Learn more about what items we can accept.

If unsure, please contact your local Shop Manager. Details of your local shop can be found on our website:

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Why we sell your items in the UK

Please note that we cannot send any donated items abroad.

Wherever possible we source necessary items from the affected region because this benefits the local economy, reduces our transport costs and speeds up our delivery times.

For this reason, the British Red Cross only accepts donated goods for resale in the UK.

Read more about why.

How it works

The British Red Cross is appealing for goods to sell through our chain of shops to support the Europe Refugee Crisis Appeal such as quality clothing, books and unwanted gifts. Income raised from any goods expressly donated in support of the Europe refugee crisis, and sold during the period of our appeal will go towards the British Red Cross Europe Refugee Crisis Appeal. Any such stock that is unsaleable or remains unsold after this period will be recycled or sold to help raise funds for British Red Cross work, wherever and whenever we are needed.