Donation Opportunities in Madrid
Although the official season of giving might be past us, there are always lots of opportunities to help others here in Madrid and today, we’re going to spotlight a few non-profit organizations seeking to enrich lives by helping turn your trash into someone else’s treasure. Here follows our list for donation opportunities in Madrid.
On Saturday February 20th,, the 2016 annual Medicine Drive will take place at various pharmacies throughout the city. This drive is facilitated by the Pharmaceutical Bank with the aim of collecting new, non-prescription medicines which have been requested by aid organizations. The drive is taking place in several Spanish cities but you can find the list of participating pharmacies in the community of Madrid here. There will be a list of requested medicines in each pharmacy and all you have to do is choose one and buy a box or several on the day. It’s super simple and even one box can go a long way. Register before the 15th of February,if you want to be a volunteer on the day!
The non-profit organization AIDA aims to improve the quality of life of the underprivileged worldwide and they have a charity bookshop here in Madrid. They accept donations of all kinds of books except for encyclopedias, vinyl records, CDs and DVDs. They also accept textbooks which were printed after 2008 and which are still in good condition. If you would like to donate some books, simply take them to the bookshop on Calle Claudio Coello during their business hours.
General Donations for consumer items
The Fundacion Rementeria, which provides free medical attention to those in need, is accepting donations of medicine, used glasses, hygiene products like diapers and medical instruments at the Dispensario San Antonio on Calle Jaen, very close to metro Alvarado.General Optica also accepts donations of used glasses. For each pair of glasses they receive, they donate 1 euro to Medicus Mundi and the glasses themselves are inspected and given to those who most need them.
Oxfam Intermon and Eurekamovil accept donations of used mobile phones which are either refurbished to be sent to developing countries or dismantled so that the parts can be reused. The recycling process is undertaken with complete respect and consideration for the environment.
And finally, if you haven’t got any items which you can donate, don’t worry. You can still assist by giving blood at one of the fixed or mobile donation units in the community of Madrid. A mobile donation unit is stationed at Puerta del Sol every day and there’s a Transfusion Centre at Valdebernardo which operates from Monday to Saturday. You can consult this simple list to ensure that you’re eligible to give blood and then find your nearest donation center here.
These are just a fraction of the many groups out there working to enrich people’s lives and some of the ways in which you can help. I hope that you’ll be inspired to get involved and to look for even more ways to recycle your goods so that they can be of use to others.
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