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Any recommended charities for children and women

Hi everyone, being Asian, and after living in several countries within Asia, I find it most difficult to have direct access to needy organisations in Zurich. Can anyone recommend me, from your own experience, some orphanages or support homes that I can donate used children's clothes, maternity clothes, toys etc.? Normally in every country that we live in, my husband and I make a monthly contribution either in money, time or presents (like Christmas or Birthdays) to a charity either helping animals or children. Now, we are leaving, and I would like to have given back something. Any recommendations are very welcomed please.
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Re: Any recommended charities for children and women

Give your local Gemeinde a call and ask where the nearest refugee/asylum housing is. There is a really big one in Steinhausen, Kanton Zug. Sorry can't help with ZH.
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Re: Any recommended charities for children and women

You could try the red cross ?
http://www.samariter-zuerich.ch/

Or a big list here -
http://www.charity-charities.org/Swi...es/Zurich.html
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Re: Any recommended charities for children and women

There might probably be one of the following charities in your area:

Emmaus
Caritas
Heilsarmee

They will take everything - from baby/kids stuff to furniture and household bits and pieces. Probably also food.


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It might also depend on your religious persuasions - Caritas (Roman Catholic), Emmaus (Roman Catholic), Heilsarmee (Salvation Army).
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It might also depend on your religious persuasions - Caritas (Roman Catholic), Emmaus (Roman Catholic), Heilsarmee (Salvation Army).
Interesting.

I have been working here for a couple of years with labour camps and a shelter for women and children and this issue has never been raised.

Always thought that charity should be world embracing.

And, most probably, Caritas, etc. will distribute the goodies, regardless of the receiver's religious believes ....

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And, most probably, Caritas, etc. will distribute the goodies, regardless of the receiver's religious believes ....
Just wanted to say that the Heilsarmee doesn't only distribute to religious believers. I volunteered in their shop for many weekends and after school.
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Should clothes be repaired before donating?

In the case of second hand clothes, my son has many jeans and trousers that require patching on the knee caps (comes from sliding on the floor...), should I repair them before donating? Also, will donating maternity undergarments be offensive? I ask because, in Asia, it is a luxury for women in poorer areas or charities to have access to proper maternity clothes and undergarments (etc. for breastfeeding or belly support) and as most pregnant women know, it makes a world of difference having the proper underwear and clothes. I don't know how the culture is here... should I just dump them to avoid offending, or should I donate them? Like in Textaid?
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Re: Any recommended charities for children and women

All given items are hand selected, so the "offensive" ones do not reach necessarily the needy. So even if you give them all your clothes, they will check them if they're really good enough to be given away (same for the non patched trousers).

In Switzerland the needy have to pay for them. So even if you have the intention to give them for free, it will not happen.

We take the cloth to Asia (usually India) and hand them over personally - of course for free.

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Re: Any recommended charities for children and women

ask here: www.muetterhilfe.ch The Stiftung Mütterhilfe is an organization which takes care of women in need and their children. You can donate pregnancy/women's clothes, childrens clothes/shoes, toys, childrens books, strollers, babybeds... just call them beforehand and make an appointment, the front door is locked for security reasons.
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Re: Any recommended charities for children and women

Hi Candice

I volunteer when I can for the Fribourg Red cross and all the items get sorted first so please don't worry just donate many of the charity's will pick up for you too! we can talk a little more about it on Sunday morning
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