A question that comes up time and time again is, “Where can I donate the household or personal items I just don’t need anymore?” Luxembourg has a highly transient expat community which means there is a high turnover of household goods, furniture, clothing, shoes and toys that people either try to sell or would like to give away to a worthy organisation. There are numerous organisations in Luxembourg that are happy to relieve you of what you no longer need, and Katrin Iannizzi is here to suggest a few.
Charitable organisations often depend on donations of second-hand goods, but can only use those which are clean, unstained, whole, complete, and in good working order – in other words, something you would be happy to receive, or not be embarrassed to pass on to a friend! Please take the time to sort through the items you would like to get rid of, perhaps dividing them into three categories: items to be sold; items to be donated to charity; and items to take to the Freecycle Centre (or post on Free Your Stuff Luxembourg). The beneficiaries will be very grateful for the time you have invested in sorting out your donations, and you can feel good about having been generous with both your time and your resources, knowing that people who really need the things are benefitting from them.
Clothes and shoes for adults, teenagers, kids
- Centre national de Collecte et de Tri – a joint initiative between Caritas and the Red Cross. They are looking for donations of clothing for adults, teenagers and children, washed and in good condition, and also shoes. 6, rue François Hogenberg, L-1735 Luxembourg (Cloche d’Or). Tel: 621 811 688, more details at www.spendchen.lu
- Caritas Luxembourg, 29 rue Michel Welter, L-2730 Luxembourg-Gare (open Mondays to Thursdays 8am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-5.30pm, and on Fridays 8am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-5pm). Caritas also accepts donations at Foyer St. Antoine Luxembourg and their “Fairness-Centers” in Diekirch, Esch, & Redange-sur-Attert – for addresses & opening times, please see http://www.caritas.lu/Engagez-vous/Don-matériel
- Croix Rouge Vestiaires (Red Cross Garderobe) please see their website for their current needs as well as addresses of collection points.
- Stëmm vun der Strooss collect second hand clothes for their 2 “Kleederstuff” locations where they distribute them to people in need: 7, rue de la Fonderie, L-1531 Luxembourg/Hollerich, & 32, Grand Rue, L-4132 Esch-sur-Alzette. Donations can be dropped off Mondays to Fridays, 9am-5pm. More details at http://stemm.lu/en/kleederstuff/
- Ligue HMC Second Hand Shop, 75 route d’Arlon, L-8311 Capellen – please see their website for more details and opening times, or contact them on +352 30 74 34 278. They take clothes, toys and books for children up to 12 years old.
- Dress for Success – a worthy organisation which aims to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. They are asking for clothes, shoes, and accessories for women that are clean, “gently used”, and suitable for wearing for a job interview. Contact them on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or visit luxembourg.dressforsuccess.org
Furniture and appliances
- Nei Aarbecht, 7 rue de l’Alzette, L–7351 Helmdange, phone: +352 33 27 55 – Nei Aarbecht takes all kinds of donations: furniture, appliances, kitchenware, toys, clothes, duvets, books, decoration, etc. They will even come to your house and pick everything up, but be aware that they will assess the quality of the goods when they get to you, to make sure the donations are in sufficiently good condition to sell. Please give them a call to arrange for a pick up appointment: http://www.cnds.lu/nei-aarbecht/
- Okkasiounsbuttik, Site 1535°C, 115 rue Emile Mark, L-4620 Differdange, phone: 27 12 66 88 – takes furniture donations and will pick up from people living in the cantons of Capellen, Esch, Luxembourg and Remich: http://www.okkasiounsbuttik.lu/content/8-recherche-meubles-occasion
- Digital Inclusion is an asbl that aims to make information technology accessible to everybody, working with refugees to promote social inclusion through digital technology, and recycling used digital equipment. They collect hardware donations including computers and accessories, tablets, smart phones (even with cracked screens), DVD players, and digital SLR cameras. They promise to securely erase your data, removing your hard drive and installing it in an USB case for you to keep if you request it. Donations can be dropped off in Luxembourg city – for more details see http://digital-inclusion.lu/contribute/.
Other places that take donations
The following places are also worth contacting as they often need specific items depending on the projects they are currently working on.
- Local women’s shelters – as the location of these shelters may be confidential, it is best to speak to your Commune.
- Serve the City Luxembourg
Local Recycling Centres
And if you decide that your things really aren’t good enough to be passed on then Luxembourg has fantastic recycling facilities where you can recycle pretty much anything. Contact your Commune for more information as all Communes have a designated recycling centre. There are also ‘Freecycle Centres’ within the Recycling Centres where items that are still in working order can be left and re-used by others free of charge (ie not everything gets mashed up – and you might even pick up a bargain!).
All this talk of charitable giving got you thinking? Read more about opportunities to volunteer in Luxembourg here.