Mother holding a warmly-clad baby in her arms at a refugee camp.

Donate clothes and other goods

Photo: Mirva Helenius / Suomen Punainen Risti

We deliver aid reliably to crisis areas around the world and in Finland supported by our extensive experience.

Clothing and goods donations produce funds for aid work, but they are also sent directly to support vulnerable people. According to the principles of the Red Cross, aid and professional staff are sent only when requested: the local Red Cross in each country requests help when it is not locally available.

Clothing sent by the Finnish Red Cross has a good reputation: they are of good quality and well sorted and packed, meaning that they are easy to distribute even in difficult conditions.

Our warmest thanks to all donors!

How to donate clothes and other goods

Kontti second-hand department stores across Finland accept undamaged clothes and goods.

Two thirds of Kontti’s profit is directed to aid operations in Finland and one third to the Disaster Relief Fund providing aid in sudden crises and accidents in Finland and around the world.

Visit the Kontti website:

  • online shop
  • store locations
  • goods donation instructions
  • pick-up service
  • collection boxes

The Finnish Red Cross continuously accepts intact and clean everyday clothing that is sent as emergency aid e.g. to earthquake and flood areas. Our logistics centre sorts and packs the donations for disaster relief.

  • You can send your clothing donations via Posti or Matkahuolto directly to the Red Cross logistics centre in Tampere (Kalkun kehätie 4, 33330 Tampere). If required, use the recipient’s phone number +358 (0)40 700 2148. The postage is paid by the sender.
  • You can also bring your clothing donation directly to the logistics centre. The centre is open on weekdays between 7.30 am and 3.30 pm. At other times, you can leave your donations to the spot under the main entrance canopy.

What can I donate to disaster relief?

The Red Cross is unable to wash or repair clothes. So please ensure the following:

  • the item of clothing is clean, dry, in good condition also on the inside and fully intact – check the collar, cuffs, seams, lining and pockets
  • zippers work, buttons and elastic bands are in place
  • also make sure that you do not accidentally include something important to you, since finding things among all donations is practically impossible.

We do not send as aid

  • dirty, smelly or damaged clothing
  • used adult’s underwear for hygienic reasons
  • leather and fur clothing (they collect insects and can easily become mouldy)
  • festive clothing or swimwear (vulnerable people require everyday clothing)
  • miniskirts and other very revealing clothes (we respect different cultures and religions)
  • army clothes (or similar)
  • night dresses or bathrobes
  • bed linen
  • used shoes.

Please note that dirty and damaged clothing is waste that costs us money that could otherwise be spent on aid. 

Other goods?

We are also often contacted about donations of other goods. However, international clothing aid is a project that requires special competence, from packing compact clothing bales to transporting under specific circumstances and understanding the culture of the target country. So please contact us using the form below, if you wish to inquire about donating other goods!

Help children and residents of cold areas by knitting and sewing: there is always a need for children’s clothes, socks and mittens! If you need patterns for children’s clothes, you can order them free of charge from our headquarters at info@redcross.fi.

Knit socks and mittens to cold countries

There is constantly a great demand for woollen socks, mittens and other woollen clothes. Woollen clothes have been sent e.g. to Mongolia, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan. We hope that knitters would make socks, hats and mittens for adults and children of different ages using traditional sock yarn. 

To make sorting easier, you should attach the socks and mittens in pairs.

Make a Mother Teresa quilt blanket

Children have received warming Mother Teresa blankets for 30 years now. The blankets were originally delivered to the Mother Teresa children’s home in India. Please note that the blankets are delivered to many different areas, so religious symbols (e.g. crosses) are not suitable.

  • Use woollen yarn (preferably at least 50% wool) to knit patches of equal size, e.g. 18 cm x 18 cm (use a cardboard model to help you).
  • Common blanket sizes: adult blanket 7 x 9 = 63 patches, children’s blanket 6 x 8 = 48 patches. The blankets can also be of other sizes.
  • Join the patches horizontally and vertically in turn. You can trim the edges with crochet.

When the clothes and blankets are ready, where can I take them?

You can send your clothing donations via Posti or Matkahuolto directly to the Red Cross logistics centre in Tampere (Kalkun kehätie 4, 33330 Tampere). If required, use the recipient’s phone number +358 (0)40 700 2148. The postage is paid by the sender.

You can also bring your clothing donation directly to the logistics centre. The centre is open on weekdays between 7.30 am and 3.30 pm. At other times, you can leave your donations to the spot under the main entrance canopy.

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Ask your local branch or district office about their upcoming collections, flea market events or joint transports to a Kontti store or our logistics centre.

You local branch may also have its own second-hand shop, on a smaller or larger scale. For example, the Finnish Red Cross Western Finland district’s SPR-kirppis charity shops have operated since 1994.

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425,000
items of clothing donated by the Finnish Red Cross to foreign aid in 2019
Aid amidst challenging conditions in Mongolia
“Temperatures of up to -40 degrees"