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Sad to throw items away vs donating

I was told that local volunteer aid programs would like donations of household items, furniture, dishes, microwaves, etc but the few that I have contacted all told me to bring the items to them. I have searched the forum and I have not found a group in Lucerne that would be willing to come by for nice, free things that they could give to those less fortunate. For expats departing I would think that there would be an easy service that could / would perform such a service.
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Re: Sad to throw items away vs donating

In addition, you may go to the trouble of taking the stuff to them and when they see it, they may refuse to take it.

I had a large solid wooden frame, with matching cabinets.

I took several photos. Showed them to the Salvation Army and they said "it looks very nice, but please bring it here to our premises and if we like what we see, we will take it".

Problem is, I needed to hire a van to transport the items to them, so in the end I sadly ended up dumping the stuff at the local recycle centre, onto a wood pile.
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That really is sad. With all of the issues going on in the world you would think that the items expats would be giving away would do a lot of good somewhere around the region.... thank you for letting me know about them refusing. That would not have ended well
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Put it up on tutti as "gratis". You'll be surprised what lengths people will travel to get free stuff. Take no reservations - first come first served is the rule.
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Put it up on tutti as "gratis". You'll be surprised what lengths people will travel to get free stuff. Take no reservations - first come first served is the rule.
Tutti works, and I also used 2nd handed fb groups for such, also does wonders.
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Put it up on tutti as "gratis". You'll be surprised what lengths people will travel to get free stuff. Take no reservations - first come first served is the rule.
Ha “gratis” works globally it seems! Thank you i did not know about tutti
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That really is sad. With all of the issues going on in the world you would think that the items expats would be giving away would do a lot of good somewhere around the region.... thank you for letting me know about them refusing. That would not have ended well
It's probably not obvious if you have not been involved in charity work in Switzerland, but unfortunately the cost of warehousing facilities, sorting, assessing, transportation, distribution, and staffing means that it simply makes little economic sense for many Switzerland-based charities to collect secondhand goods.

The money that would be spent to get your old stuff to someone on the other side of the world who might be able to use it would go far, far, farther if donated or invested directly where needed. Plus direct investment/financial aid can help local developing economies, whereas secondhand goods often end up undermining local businesses. There is an ethical question to be considered.

Second hand goods collection makes sense where there is on-going local need - and unlike other countries where we are used to donation to answer an urgent need, in a wealthy country like Switzerland that need is limited. (Lucky Switzerland!)

Add in Switzerland's extraordinaryly high cost base, as mentioned above, and you can see why when faced with the question, 'how do we do the most good with our limited resources?', for a Swiss charity the answer is often to spend on more effective programs than on-going second hand goods distribution.

That said, there are indeed targeted collections now and again. Caritas and Winterhilfe spring to mind, but there are several others. Keep an eye on your local newspaper; when local churches or other charities hold a drive for specific items they will usually place an announcement there. These are often one-off events, targeting a specific need.

So keep your eyes peeled for donation drives - there is usually one in my area every year - but be aware that these are not as frequent as elsewhere.

(And when you come across a worthy group collecting for a cause you support, you might consider also making a donation to help with their transport costs.)
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They don't want to collect them for the very same reason you don't want to deliver them - COST.

You hire a truck and spent the day diving around collecting stuff or more often rejecting stuff and on most days you end up operating at a loss.
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You‘ve hit the magic 10 posts on EF now so you can advertise your stuff in the Marketplace.
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I was told that local volunteer aid programs would like donations of household items, furniture, dishes, microwaves, etc but the few that I have contacted all told me to bring the items to them. I have searched the forum and I have not found a group in Lucerne that would be willing to come by for nice, free things that they could give to those less fortunate. For expats departing I would think that there would be an easy service that could / would perform such a service.
have you contacted Caritas? It says on their website that they will come and pick up large furniture items:

"Wir holen Möbel oder grössere Naturalspenden gerne bei Ihnen ab! Rufen Sie uns an:
Luzern: 041 368 51 30. "

https://www.caritas-luzern.ch/spende...moebel-spenden

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Old 02.06.2019, 15:45
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Re: Sad to throw items away vs donating

It may very well be that if you are willing to pay the fee for the service, a charity may collect goods from you.

It can help to re-frame that fee, in your mind, as a donation to their cause. Many charities offer work-places to help integration of foreigners or people with a psychological illness or a disability, who may otherwise have no opportunity to work and contribute to society with some dignity.
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Re: Sad to throw items away vs donating

Here's a similar link to the one Pilatus posted, this one from the Salvation Army second-hand charity shop.

https://www.brocki.ch/de/ich-gebe-ware/
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Old 02.06.2019, 16:24
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Re: Sad to throw items away vs donating

For anyone reading this in VD, in particular the Nyon region, Bric-a-brac in Nyon will take stuff and do the transport as well. Very useful if needing to clean out an apartment quickly.
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Re: Sad to throw items away vs donating

Here's where they say they'll come and pick it up:



https://www.brocki.ch/de/abholdienst/

No mention of any sort of collection fees on either of these sites, BTW.
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Re: Sad to throw items away vs donating

Here in Lugano Caritas has picked up unwanted (large) furniture items from me on three different occasions over the years. Just needed to send some snaps for them to look at, then they called to set a date/time for pickup. There is also "Free Your Stuff in Lugano" FB page. Free is a compelling price for many!
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Re: Sad to throw items away vs donating

Lamenting that you can't find someone to collect your stuff in a lame attempt to up your post count so that you can flog said free stuff is pretty lame.

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Re: Sad to throw items away vs donating

try this



http://www.igarbeit.ch/dienstleistun...ockenhaus.html
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Re: Sad to throw items away vs donating

We asked Hiob. They came and looked at our stuff - told us what they'd take for free, and how much they'd charge to dispose of the stuff that neither we nor they wanted.
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Re: Sad to throw items away vs donating

Just finished a downsizing move: Caritas Luzern came, spent a day loading up stuff, some of which they could use - cost Fr 160- which I do think of as a contribution. We also sold a lot on ricardo for low/give away prices -ricardo sales are binding, so less hassle than the give-away fb sites and interesting people contact. On ricardo it pays to be patient, some things went at the fourth attempt -sometimes a matter of luck with the timing.
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Re: Sad to throw items away vs donating

I am sure lots of people will be very happy to have the things you no longer need. I suggest Tutti.com, put in front of your building and write “gratis” , post on Facebook groups: buy, sell, give away, Marketplace, here at this awesome Forum, etc... all the best ♥️
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