“You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one”
- - Lyrics from Imagine by the legendary John
Imagine a swanky showroom where anyone in need can walk in
and pick clothes of their choice. It's a place where hand-me-downs find new meaning; where
everyone has the privilege to choose; where the poor receive with pride and
where dignity thrives. This is the clothes bank we imagine.
Excited? This beautiful idea is the brain child of Asma and
the Late Ajit Hari who believed in helping anyone in need and making good
clothing accessible to all. This was one of their many projects that have found
a place in our hearts and its our turn to take it on.
How does the clothes bank work?
The Imagine Clothes Bank, based in Electronics City, helps
in fulfilling the basic necessity of good clothing for anyone in need. Clothes
collection drives are held in different parts of the city to facilitate the
donation of used clothing in good condition worthy of a second use. A thorough
segregation and inspection ensures that only clothing in the right condition
finds its place into the bank.
The clothes are then made available every Sunday. There is
no restriction of religion, age, sex, language here, there is something for
What is the impact or intent from the clothes bank?
The clothes bank, we believe, is just the beginning of a
revolutionary change which in course of time will spread wings to cater to
toys, shoes, medicines, stationary, home needs like utensils, etc. The vision
is of a one-stop-center where all the basic needs of the underprivileged are
met. Its is a social movement to uplift the life of our brethren in need.
Phase 1 will be a pilot to create a successful working model
Phase 2 will be a full-fledged showroom
How are clothes collected?
Imagine relies completely on contributions of used/new
clothes. Clothes collection drives are run by Champions of Imagine in various
schools, colleges, organizations and apartments and the collected clothes are
then sent to the Imagine Clothes Bank.
Imagine needs clothes all year round.
How can I be a champion?
we believe that we are only as good as our champions. With champions like you,
only not only does our strengths multiply, but also our certainity that the impact too would
reach far and wide.
To register, please fill the form below and the join the WhatsApp group.
Registration form: https://forms.gle/uyNGmcF8YBxBaBL49
WhatsApp group: https://chat.whatsapp.com/L145EPge9fS07LjViKc1E0
What do I need to do as a champion?
champion for the Imagine Clothes Bank, here’s what you need to do.
Step 1: Approvals
initiate discussions with your organization/ apartment’s approval authorities (management comittee.
We can send a formal email on request.
Decide the dates and venue
few dates that work well for all (with a weekend in between) and select a safe
indoor space that’s easily accessible to use as your ‘drop point’ for clothes. Please
highlight a last date as well.
Send out communication
will provide you with all the necessary communication collaterals for digital
communication. Please use your popular channel such as Whatsapp, Telegram,
Adda, etc to spread the word around. Daily reminders do wonders to your collection drive.
Step 4: Segregate
help of volunteers in your organization/apartment, you can segregate the collected
clothes to check for damages etc. An Imagine Core Team member can guide you on this. Contact the team member on the phone numbers shared below.
Coming together for segregation activity is a
great engaging activity and is truly gratifying.
Hand over to Imagine
You can drop
the collected clothes at the Imagine Clothes Bank near Hosa Road, Electronics
City. You can also send them by Porter/ similar logistics’ providers or get together
volunteers to drop them at our centre.
How often should a clothes drive be done?
We encourage drives every six months keeping in mind the
response from the contributors and the effort put in by the champions.
How do we communicate to the beneficiaries?
Through posters, flyers printed on recycled paper, word of
mouth and through pop-up clothes banks in slums and other areas in the surrounding
What are the other ways in which we can support the clothes
at our centre for segregation of clothes and also for running the clothes bank.
logistical support to transport clothes to our centre.
in cash towards the various expenses of the clothes bank.
purchase sarees and inner garments as we do not receive these in collection
blog and write about us on social media so more like-minded people may come
together towards this cause.
While this is a dream in its nascent stage, we are looking
for collaborators, partners and contributors to make this project HUGE. We
would be reaching a minimum of 5200 families in a year and we’re excited that
this journey has already begun.
If you wish to support us, please call 9886701145/
9972099323/ 9886701148 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.