Donate pre-loved clothing to charity without leaving the house

This Sunday, June 3, Uber and Australian Red Cross will join forces to collect your pre-loved clothing, shoes and accessories from just outside your front door and donate them to people in need.

We've all got a box full of clothes lying around we've been meaning to take down to the op shop, but somehow they're still just gathering dust and taking up much-needed space.

This weekend, with a few touches of a button, drivers will collect bagged items for charity from homes in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney, Gold Coast or Perth on Sunday, free-of-charge.

All you'll need to do is give your wardrobe a good clear out, open up the Uber app between 12pm and 4pm, then select the Red Cross Clothing Drive card, tap ‘Request’ and confirm your pickup location. Your items will shortly be picked up from just outside your home and delivered to the charity.

All donations from the third annual Clothing Drive will go towards Australian Red Cross, which supports our most vulnerable community members, from the homeless to the elderly.

2017's drive saw an estimated $800,000 worth of clothing items donated, with around 41,000 kilograms of clothing collected, which equates to about 2,500 Uber pickups.

“Thanks to the generosity of thousands of Aussies who donate their quality pre-loved fashion, proceeds from our op shops go towards our vital services helping people overcome crisis at home and further afield,” says Brooke Sclater, merchandise operations manager at Australian Red Cross.

While your donations are gratefully received, the charity can only accept clothing, shoes and accessories, so no toys, books, furniture, breakables or electrical items.

The items will also need to be of a high enough quality to be saleable in Red Cross stores and as the Uber drivers can't leave their cars unattended, you're asked to bring your bagged items out the car when it arrives.

If you're unable to participate this weekend, Australian Red Cross accepts donations all year round and with winter fast-approaching and temperatures dropping, your donations are needed more than ever.

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