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Through convenient home pick up and donation bins across the city of Edmonton, you can donate your gently used clothing and small household items for a great cause.
When donations are picked up from your doorstep or a drop-off bin, they are sold to Value Village stores, offering families and individuals inexpensive clothing options, with profits going toward BGCBigs programs.
This fundraiser is run in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vancouver.
Find A Bin Near You
Please note we are currently updating this list. The one below is not inclusive.
Host A Bin
Hosting a donation bin is an easy way to fundraise for your school or non-profit organization. If you have space outside of your school or organization, consider hosting a Clothing Donation Bin! You give us permission and we do the rest. When you host a bin, each bag of donated clothes benefits your school or organization and helps BGCBigs’ community kids as too! Fundraise for: Field Trips, School Supplies, Special Events, Dry Grads, Playgrounds, Programs and more! Download this one-page FAQ sheet with testimonial to present to your school. We will be more than happy to support you in your presentation and/or co me out to answer any questions you/your school might have. Contact Danisha at 780.822.2515 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Sponsoring a donation bin is a simple and easy way to give back to the community. If you have space outside of your business, consider hosting a Clothing Donation Bin! You give us permission and we do the rest.
As a charitable, not-for profit organization, BGCBigs relies on community investment to ensure kids have what they need to succeed. Proceeds earned from the sale of donated clothing contribute directly to this important work. Bin sponsorship is an easy, no-cost way of demonstrating support and helping to change children’s lives.Contact Danisha at 780.822.2515 or email@example.com for details.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kinds of donations DO you take?
- All clothing
- Accessories (belts, hats, scarves)
- Purses, wallets, backpacks and bags
- Shoes and boots
- Towels, tablecloths, curtains and linens
- Under garments, nylons and socks
- Blankets, bedding and pillows
- Housewares (dishes, cutlery, pots)
- Toys, books, games and video games
- Videos, records, CD’s and DVD’s
- Small tools
- Small appliances
In short, providing your unwanted items are reusable, Renew Crew (aka Big Brothers Clothing Donation) will accept them. Still unsure about that old toaster or t-shirt? The following general guidelines should help you determine if items are acceptable.
Donated items MUST be suitable for resale and in working order.
Donated items CANNOT be soiled or torn, or a potential safety hazard.
Please call 780.670.8181 if you have any further questions regarding donation items.
What kinds of donations DON'T you take?
- Baby furniture of any kind (due to safety precautions), including cribs, playpens, car
seats, change tables, strollers and high chairs
- Beds or bed frames
- Building materials
- Carpet and carpet underlay, area rugs
- Christmas trees
- Computers and computer parts
- Encyclopedias or text books
- Entertainment units
- Fax machines
- Full size pianos
- Garden tools
- Golf Clubs
- Halogen lamps
- Large appliances (ex: stoves and fridges)
- Large shelving units
- Lawn mowers
- Magazines, Newspapers or Readers Digest
- Mattress or box springs
- Metal desks and filing cabinets
- Mirrors (due to safety precautions)
- Old style exercise bikes
- Personal hygiene products
- Ping pong tables
- Propane tanks
- Sofa-beds, bunk-beds or waterbeds
- Sporting equipment
- Swing sets
- Toaster oven (big)
- Weapons of any kind
- Window blinds (unless they are brand-new and packaged in original package)
Where does the money go?
When donations are picked up from your doorstep or a drop-off bin, BGCBigs sells them to Value Village stores, offering low income families inexpensive options, with profits going toward our mentoring and after school programs. Value Village is a for-profit privately held international secondhand store chain that operates as part of the Savers, Inc. family. Value Village purchases and resells items donated by its nonprofit partners, like BGCBigs – turning otherwise unused items into sustainable revenue that supports their programs and services.
The profit from the sale of donated items benefits BGCBigs mentoring and after school programs for children. We use the funds to recruit, screen and train Volunteers, as well as further develop our programs to meet changing community needs. In other words, your donations help us match at-risk children with positive adult mentors and make sure kids have access to after school programs that help them achieve their full potential.
How can I reschedule a pickup? / My clothing wasn't picked up, now what?
If you need to reschedule a pickup or follow up on one that wasn't completed, please call our Renew Crew office at 780.670.8181. Their office hours are below:
Office/Call Center Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday 9am-8pm
Closed on Sunday & Stat holidays
Renew Crew Office
Clothing DonationsP: 780.670.8181
Manager of Fund Development