Thinking of chucking out old trinkets, books or clothes? Anna Whitehouse urges you to stop and consider donating your unwanted wares to charity.
Al Noor Thrift Shop (04 340 4844)
The Al-Noor Centre for Children with Special Needs opened its doors in 1981. Back then there were only eight children on their books – now there are more than 220. But it couldn’t have grown without help from volunteers and donors. The centre is committed to helping children with special needs, from infancy to adulthood, and its goal is to integrate students into Dubai’s society. But to do this they need clothes, books, games, toiletries and money. So get giving.
Holy Trinity Thrift Store (04 337 4947)
Stationed at the Holy Trinity Church in Jebel Ali, The Holy Trinity Thrift Centre has helped Dubai’s less advantaged for more than 20 years. Its doors are always open to people looking to donate items, or buy trinkets – with all money going to the charity. The church’s motto is: We serve the haves and have-nots with the same humility. And the store welcomes books in excellent condition, small household goods (frames, lamps, pots, pans, kitchen utensils, ornaments), washed and ironed ladies, men’s and children’s clothes, bedding and curtains.
City of Hope (050 651 6511)
The City of Hope – an organisation founded in 2001 by Sharla Musabih and two other women, Lena Mustapha and Margaret Greeney – has served as a refuge for hundreds of abused women and children. Its establishment, says Sharla, was in direct response to a growing need that has been neglected during the UAE’s stunning infrastructural and cultural transformation. In order for the centre to continue, Sharla needs a constant stream of clothes, furniture, phone cards, toiletries, food and money to ensure the women can be looked after properly and be repatriated to their home countries.
START (04 368 1128)
A children’s art education programme in the Middle East, START essentially aims to help underprivileged children through the medium of art. Currently the organisation needs people to donate works of art. These are auctioned annually at the DIFC Gulf Art Fair or bought for a permanent public collection in the Middle East to highlight the plight of needy children in Dubai.
Dubai Flea Market (050 296 9680)
Driven by a desire to unite Dubai’s melting pot of nationalities, Melanie Beese – Dubai Flea Market’s founder – launched the first market in Safa park in April. The flea market is held under the motto ‘when children play, the world wins’ and part of the proceeds of the stand rentals go directly to the charity Right To Play. ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure – never forget that,’ says Melanie, explaining that all manner of items were sold at the last market. The next event is earmarked for October 2008.