13 Places to Donate Clothing
Offering service in 22 different states, VVA will pick up your used clothes and use funds from re-sale to assist veterans with hospital bills, food, and housing. It’s as easy as visiting pickupplease.org or calling 800-775-VETS.
Sales from gently used clothing, shoes, toys, and electronics help fund job training programs and employment placement services for people who have disabilities, lack education, or face employment challenges. Join 79 million people by finding out where you can donate locally.
3. Donate My Dress
The first of its kind, this Hearst Teen Network-run organization gives your old prom dress new life by gifting it to those who can’t afford one. Make a donation at one of 180 country-wide locations or through the mail; head online to find a drop-off location near you.
An offshoot of Soles4Souls, this non-profit organization collects new clothes from manufacturers and gently worn clothes from you, then supplies them to impoverished countries around the world. With over 670 locations throughout the U.S., giving is a cinch. See more info here.
If you unearth household finds or children’s items that could use a new home, look no further. Give new or barely worn baby clothes, toys, and furniture to this family-friendly, non-profit charity to support those living in poverty. See information here for sending in donations or dropping off locally in NYC or Boston.
6. Salvation Army
With locations countrywide, this 147-year old organization accepts gently worn clothing, toys, furniture, and household goods to benefit the homeless and less privileged. Visit its website to find your nearest location or to organize a pick-up.
7. St. Vincent de Paul
After a full-home cleanse-and-sweep, donate gently used clothing and house wares to hundreds of locations across America (they’ll accept cars, too, if you’re really cleaning house). Profits from sales will help provide hot meals, medicine, housing assistance, and job training to various groups in need, including Hurricane Sandy victims. Visit svdpusa.org to drop-off at a thrift store near you.
No matter where you live, clothing and furniture you’re ready to pass on can help provide support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Click here to find a location in your area of the country.
And for any designer duds that you can’t quite give away just yet, Bib + Tuck lets you swap clothes and accessories from the comfort of your sofa with its invitation-only site. Simply upload photos of your own wares, then peruse other online “wardrobes” to purchase items using virtual dollars.
10. The Bridge To Success
This Chicago-based group accepts office-appropriate clothing for men and women, along with unused cosmetics and toiletries, to help those less fortunate embark on their career path. Head online or call 312-733-9742 for more information.
New York-Based Charities
11. Bottomless Closet
In NYC? Donate gently worn, office-appropriate clothing to support under-privileged women interviewing for new jobs. Drop off clothes at 15 Penn Plaza, B Level, Suite 40, NY NY 10001.
12. New York Cares
Join hundreds of New Yorkers helping to keep their fellow man warm by donating a gently used coat to New York’s largest volunteer organization. Visit them online to find out where you can drop your unwanted coat.