Bookstores, Charities, Feature

5 Charities You Can Donate Books and Goods To

Do you have books at home that you’ve read and want to donate? Want to bring some good karma into your life by helping the less fortunate? Here are 5 charities in Cape Town you can donate books, goods and aid to:

  • Tears Animal Rescue


Tears Animal Rescue is one of my favourite organisations and second-hand bookstores in Cape Town. Their mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home domestic animals as well as provide veterinary services to local communities. They’re a registered Non-Profit Organisation which relies on donations and volunteers to bring relief to animals in distress.

Their charity centres are located in Retreat, Fish Hoek and Sunnydale which accept books, goods and other forms of aid. To donate, check out their website here.

  • Help The Rural Child

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Help the Rural Child (HTRC) is a chain of charity shops that support the Goedgedacht Path out of Poverty Rural Youth Centres. HTRC, through its charity shops, is doing its bit to help indigent children break out of the endless cycles of poverty that have trapped their parents for generations.

You can donate books and other goods physically at their Kirstenhof and Mowbray shops, or you may call or email them to arrange collections. For a full list of donations and contact details, have a look at their website here.

  • SPCA – Cape of Good Hope


The SPCA is the oldest animal welfare organisation in South Africa, on a mission to prevent cruelty to animals. They provide veterinary care to communities in need and raise awareness of animal welfare. Books and goods donated to the SPCA are sold at their charity stores and at their annual Bag-A-Bargain book sale.

You may donate books, goods and volunteer at their shop in Grassy Park. You can also extend a hand and get involved in the running of the SPCA through a number of different ways. Check out their site for further details.

  • The Bookery


The Bookery is an organisation started as part of Equal Education to set up children’s libraries in South African schools. Focused on ending the shortage of libraries in government schools and increasing the literacy levels in our country, they rely heavily on donations from the public.

To help the cause, you may donate books and funds at their store at 79 Plein Street, Cape Town or contact them via telephone, email or fax. Their details are on their website here.

  • DARG (Domestic Animal Rescue Group)


I came across DARG after seeing their stalls at the Cavendish Square and Canal Walk book sales. They’re a pro-life, registered non-profit organisation that rescues, cares for, sterilizes and rehomes previously abused, neglected and abandoned cats and dogs.

They operate in the greater Hout Bay area and provide shelter for its rescues through housing an extensive cat garden, cat sanctuary, outdoor and indoor kennel areas as well as indoor rooms for those animals in treatment or rehabilitation.

DARG relies on the public’s generosity and donations to keep afloat. You may donate books, goods and funds or volunteer at DARG. Have a look at their website to find out more here.


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Know of any other charities that require books, goods, funds or volunteers? Let me know in the comments below.



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