Donate Goods, Food, or Clothing

When you donate goods, food or clothing to The Whitechapel Mission, you impact the lives of the poor and homeless in London. This year, our donors and volunteers helped The Whitechapel Mission provide more than 100,000 breakfasts, 34,000 bags of groceries, and 45,300 articles of clothing to men and women in desperate need of help. We rely on donated food and clothing to meet these important needs.

We do not operate charity shops! Anything donated to the Whitechapel Mission will be given directly to people who are homeless.

We gratefully accept donations seven days a week at 212 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1BJ (Click here for directions to The Whitechapel Mission). It is always helpful to call ahead. We do not typically pick up donations, but if you are having difficulty delivering your donation, please call Jenny Hughes on 03000 111 400 to inquire about a pick-up or book a collection on-line.

Some basic guidelines:

  • Food - Non-perishable, bulk, and staple items (dry and canned) are best, but we are usually able to accept even prepared foods, as long as it is fresh with the packaging intact.
  • Clothing - Clean, new and gently used clothing of all types is helpful. Large sizes are especially helpful. We are always in need of new underwear/t-shirts and socks, new and gently used jeans and shoes, and professional clothing for those looking for work or re-entering the workforce. In the winter, we are especially in need of warm outerwear: coats, jackets, hats, gloves, and scarves.
  • Special items of clothing - Why not sell it on ebay? Earn a bit. Give a bit. Everyone benefits
    When you're selling, the real beauty of eBay for Charity is that there's something for everyone - yourself included. You decide exactly what percentage of your final selling price you'd like to give to The Whitechapel Mission, and what percentage you'd like for yourself.
    Every time you list an item for the Whitechapel Mission, you'll get a fee credit on your basic insertion and final value fees equal to the percentage you donate. So if you donate 50% of your selling price to a charity, eBay will waive 50% of your fees
  • Toiletries - new razors, toothbrushes, soap, toothpaste, deodorant, hand cream, shampoo. Many of our community members will come though our doors each morning looking to have a wash, clean their teeth and a shave. More than 75 people a day will want to have a shower and choose clean clothing.
  • Linens - We are always in need of bath towels, hand towels, face cloths, twin-size sheets and blankets, and sleeping bags.
  • Furniture - We cannot accept furniture, as we simply do not have the storage space.

If you are considering a food or clothing drive at your congregation, organization, workplace or school, please let us know. We will work with you to launch a successful drive.

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Our Impact in 2017

  • Over 3,332 volunteers, offering over 23,493 hours of their time.

  • New figures reveal that 3,569 people were found sleeping rough on any given night in England in 2015, an increase of 30% on the previous year.

  • Rough sleeping in England has now doubled since 2010

  • 24% of rough sleepers have been on the streets for 2 years or more.

  • 109,131 breakfasts served during this year, an average of 298 a day.

  • 4,871 different people used our services during this year.

  • 3,117 people used our advice services during the past year. 312 were women.

  • 18% of people using our services are under 26 years of age.

  • 32 people use the Whitechapel Mission's address to receive their post.

  • 29 people were helped to find employment

  • 11 were referred to drug or alcohol programmes.

  • 256 people received help in claiming benefits.

  • 32% of people using our services have been in care at some point.

  • 15% of people supported by the Whitechapel Mission have been in the armed services.

  • 97 people found permanent accomodation, either a flat or apartment. 169 people found a hostel during this year.

  • 20 birth certificates purchased during this year.

  • 19 people came to us without any form of ID at all.

  • 25,800 showers during this year.

  • 38% of people using our services have been in prison.

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Selling on ebay?

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Earn a bit. Give a bit. Everyone benefits

When you're selling, the real beauty of eBay for Charity is that there's something for everyone - yourself included. You decide exactly what percentage of your final selling price you'd like to give to The Whitechapel Mission, and what percentage you'd like for yourself.

Every time you list an item for the Whitechapel Mission, you'll get a fee credit on your basic insertion and final value fees equal to the percentage you donate. So if you donate 50% of your selling price to a charity, eBay will waive 50% of your fees

Learn more >>>

Our Current Needs

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What we are short of, what we are desperately short of, what we have enough of and what we have an abundance of.

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Deliveries

If you drop off the item in person, you can request an in-kind gift receipt that describes the item(s) and allows you to assign a value.

We have staff available to receive your donations and help unload your vehicle on weekdays from 5am until 3pm and weekends from 5am until noon

We are committed to using your contribution wisely and respecting your privacy. Click here to read our Pledge of Accountability.