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What exactly do you collect?

We collect new pants for women and children, and new and gently worn bras. Please visit our donations page which has all the details.

What sizes of underwear do you collect?

We accept all sizes, but the sizes we need most are outlined on our donations page.

Do you collect all kinds of bras?

We collect all new and gently worn traditional (and nursing) bras that still have good wear left in them, but we don’t collect cropped, teen or bikini tops.

Do you collect any other underwear or clothing?

No, just the underwear listed on our donations page.

What do you need most, pants or bras?

We always need new pants for women and children the most.

Do you collect sanitary towels?

No, just the underwear listed on our donations page.

How do I get things to you?

Everything needs to be sent to Five Sisters Business Park, Westwood, West Calder, EH55 8PN.

Do you have any local collection points?

We don’t have local collection points as we’re only a small charity and can’t cover the costs required to support them. Any donations need to be sent to our address in Scotland. And that’s something you need to factor in, particularly if you’re planning a large collection.

Do you have freepost?

Sorry, we don’t have freepost. We’re a small charity and can’t afford the costs involved.

Can I drop things off at your address?

Yes, if it’s more convenient to drop things off then you can. The park is open Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm. If these times don’t suit, please email maria@smallsforall.org.

Do you acknowledge donations of underwear when you receive them?

If you enclose an email address with your parcel, we’ll send you a wee thank you message once it’s been opened and sorted. Please be aware, however, that it can take anywhere from two to six weeks from when you send a parcel before you hear from us. We’re unable to respond by post because, as a small charity run almost exclusively by volunteers in their spare time, we don’t have the resources to allow us to do this.

To find out more, please see acknowledging receipt.

Can I donate underwear directly to you online?

We’ve set up an Amazon wish list for new pants, so people can order online and have them delivered directly to us if that’s easier. Go to our Amazon wish list.

How can I donate money to you?

To find out how you can donate money online to support our work, please see here.

And we’ve joined easyfundraising.org.uk where retailers donate funds to charities every time you shop, with no cost to you. Nearly 3,000 retailers are on board, including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, trainline and Sainsbury’s. Every time you shop online through easyfundraising.org.uk the retailer will make a donation to Smalls for All® if you choose us as the charity you want to support. You just need to set up an easyfundraising account online and/or download the app.

What are the funds you raise used for?

We use the money we raise to pay for the education of the people we support in Africa and to help with the costs of running our charity.

Do you give your underwear to people for free? Or do you sell it?

We give all the new pants and new bras we collect directly to the women and children we help. We sell up to 20% of the gently worn bras we collect to a recycling company (LMB) to help us raise the vital funds we need to support our work. These are then sent by the recycling company to help people in developing economies like Africa to earn an income by selling bras. At least 80% of the gently worn bras we collect are donated direct to people we help.

Do you recycle worn bras?

To help us raise vital funds to support our work, we sell up to 20% of our gently worn bras to a recycling company (LMB) that helps people in developing economies like Africa to earn an income by selling bras. We recycle at least 80% of the gently worn bras we receive by donating them for free directly to the people who need our help. If we receive well-worn bras, we don’t donate them to people in need as they’re not fit for purpose. Unfortunately, they need to go to landfill as we’re not aware of any recycling organisation in the UK that is able to recycle the textiles.

Which countries are you currently working in?

Smalls is entirely UK based, but we partner with reputable and established organisations to ensure we get the underwear to those who need it. For example, we’re very fortunate to work closely with Freedom from Fistula Foundation and Kenya Children’s Homes. They ship to Sierra Leone, Malawi, Madagascar and Kenya for free and ensure the underwear gets to those who need our help.

We also deliver underwear during our trips to Africa when we visit some of the children we support in education. And we’re also happy to support specific requests from organisations and groups who perhaps have a base in the UK but are making trips to Africa to visit projects they support. This gives us assurance that the underwear is getting to those that need it. Similarly, we’re happy to support charities that focus on alleviating poverty in the UK by providing them with underwear. For more detail, have a look at the underwear page and underwear timeline and you will see where all the pants and bras have gone so far.

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