Before we can start getting in with the new in the new year, we need to first get out with the old. Start with clearing out your wardrobes of outdated or unworn clothing. A good rule of thumb is that if you haven’t worn an article of clothing in a year and it is still in good condition, donate it. You’ll find that cleaning out your closet and minimizing your possessions is the easiest way to start fresh and give back to the community—plus it’s tax-deductible too! No clue where to give your goods? No worries! We’ve rounded up a list of non-profit organizations accepting clothing donations in your city.
New York City
Housing Works: With 12 locations in New York City and a mission to end aids and homelessness through housing, healthcare, meals, and job training, Housing Works is making a difference in your city and around the world with your donations.
For more information on drop-off times and locations, check out Housing Works online.
Room to Grow: Accepting clothing from newborn to three-years-of-age, Room To Grow helps babies and their mothers who are living in poverty through support, information, and your donations.
For more information on donation requirements, check out Room to Grow online.
Baby Buggy: Through its donations, Baby Buggy supports domestic violence shelters, anti-poverty programs, educational programs, fatherhood programs and more. Give your new and gently used baby items to help families in need all across the United States.
For more information on donating, check out Baby Buggy online.
Chrysalis: In need of gently used interview clothing, Chrysalis supports men and women living on the streets of Los Angeles’ Skid Row to overcome the barriers to employment so that they can transition out of homelessness and poverty through your donations.
For more information on drop-off times and locations, check out Chrysalis online.
Suited For Change: Geared to help impoverished women dress for success and increase their employment potential, Suited For Change accepts clothing donations consisting of business attire for women.
For more information on donation times and locations, check out Suited For Change online.
So Others Might Eat: SOME is a community-based organization that helps the poor and homeless of our nation’s capital through donations like yours. Men’s items are in high demand and are specifically requested.
For more information on donation requirements, check out SOME online.
The Brown Elephant: The Brown Elephant resale stores benefit the Howard Brown Health Center and helps fund healthcare services for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people who are uninsured or underinsured. Your clothing donations cover approximately 50% of all HBHC clients.
For more information on drop-off times and locations, check out The Brown Elephant online.
Avenues to Independence: Through its donations, Avenues to Independence provides homes, jobs and community living programs to Chicago area adults with physical, intellectual, and other developmental disabilities.
For more information on donation requirements, check out Avenues to Independence online.
Out of the Closet: Offering free and confidential HIV testing to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, Out of the Closet thrift stores support the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the largest provider of HIV/AIDS medical care in the United States. Your clothing donations help fund medical care and advocacy globally through the AHF.
For more information on drop-off times and locations, check out Out of the Closet online.
Hope Services: In order for Hope Services to empower people with development disabilities through their comprehensive services such as employment and job training, professional counseling and community living programs, they rely on your generous donations.
For more information on donations, check out Hope Services online.
Emmaus: This community-based organization strives to help the poor in Paris through employment, housing, and more. Your clothing donations go to support the impoverished on all levels.
For more information on drop-off times and locations, check out Emmaus online.
Paris City Hall: In order for keep Paris beautiful, cut down waste, and provide employment, the Paris City Hall needs your slightly used clothing donations.
For more information on donations, check out Paris City Hall online.
There’s no excuse not to give this year, many of these organizations even offer free or tax-deductible donation pick-ups! Tell us what you’re donating!