Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Sharjah's Goodwill/Deseret Industries

The other day I organized a cabinet full of almost two years' worth of cast-off/grown-out clothes and shoes from Jeremy and me and the girls and some hand-me-downs that we didn't need. The items had been collecting there for months and months, simply because I did not know where to take them. There is no Goodwill or Deseret Industries here, at least as far as I know. I briefly considered throwing all the stuff in a suitcase and taking it to the US when I go, and dropping it off at Goodwill there. Really! I just didn't know what else to do with it.

Then, vaguely, I remembered that last year during Ramadan, collection booths sprung up around town for donations of clothing, shoes, and toys. That would be just the thing for my cabinet full of hand-me-downs! But Ramadan doesn't start for another 10 days, so I was sure I would miss the chance this year since I leave the country next week.

However, an Emirati friend tipped me off that at any time of year - not just during Ramadan - you can find collection bins for clothes/shoes/toys at most mosques. She told me what they looked like and I decided to keep a clear eye for them as I drove around time. And lucky me, look what I found:

These things are all over the place in Sharjah, not just in mosque parking lots. I think they put them out early for Ramadan use. You better believe I packed up the clothes and shoes in bags and then hauled them to this bin and donated away.

I'm so glad I found a place to donate gently used clothes and shoes in Sharjah. They may not have Goodwill or DI here, but there are donation bins in mosque parking lots and all over the place near Ramadan time - now I know. And knowing is half the battle.


Suzanne Bubnash said...


The DI truck that used to always be in our ward parking lot is no longer there. It was constantly broken into by thieves helping themselves to all the best stuff. Now there is an attended DI truck at the stake center twice a month.

Those bins at mosques are a great idea for clothing and small items; perhaps we should put those on the ward property. You wouldn't be able to fit your sofa or table in the slot though.

Jen said...

Until you posted this, I had never really considered the culture of second-hand giving in other parts of the world. My question, I guess, is what now? Will these items be distributed by the mosque to the needy? Do they have second-hand stores? I'm curious!

Jeremy Palmer said...

Did you contribute any of my duds?

Bridget said...

Yep! Keep an eye out for AUS Fun Run t-shirts on people around town.

Anonymous said...


According to the above website, the clothes are sold at affordable prices in countries such as Congo, Benin, Kenya, and Uganda at affordable prices and given to organisations such as women’s and children’s charity in Dubai and Red Crescent.


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