If you are purging your closets and drawers, you are probably wondering what to do with all of the spare clothing. Donating your clothing is always a wonderful solution for cutting down on clutter while helping others, but how do you know where to donate your clothing? To help answer that question I've put together a list of 8 places to donate your extra clothing. You will find that when it comes to donating clothes, you have lots of options to choose from!
1. A local school
Local schools can use your old children’s clothing items for many reasons. They can use them as smocks in art class, give them to children who have an accident at school, or give them to a child who doesn’t have the appropriate recess clothing. See if a school in your area could use donations and if so, send them over.
2. A local women’s shelter
Usually women come to these shelters with nothing. Send your women’s clothing and accessories to a local women’s shelter. They can use all sorts of donations, especially dress clothing to send women to interviews in. If it is a shelter that takes in children, consider sending children’s clothes there, too.
3. Local churches
Most churches have their own charity closet for people in need. Call a local church and see if they can use clothing. They can typically use all styles and sizes should a need arise and they have to clothe someone. Don’t forget to add any cold weather offerings you might have as there seems to be a need for these items more than anything else.
4. Goodwill/Salvation Army
There seems to be a Goodwill or similar type thrift store in most cities and towns. See where your closest thrift store is and take your donations over. Many of them have drive thrus so you can drop off without even getting out of the car.
5. The homeless shelter
Local homeless shelters usually need clothing of all types and sizes. Consider giving clothing and accessories to your local homeless shelter so they can clothe the residents who come in with little to nothing. Winter coats are usually highly sought after in homeless shelters, so keep that in mind when donating.
6. Pet shelters
Did you know that pet shelters use old t shirts as animal bedding or even for cleaning rags? Donate your old t-shirts to a local pet shelter. Chances are they can turn the shirts into bedding or at least cut the shirts into squares and use them as cleaning cloths.
7. Donate to a charity garage sale
Is your child’s school doing a charity rummage sale? What about your favorite church? Many organizations do yard sales in hopes of earning extra cash. Find out if there are any charity sales near you and if so, have them take your donations.
Schoola is a great place to donate your clothing. To donate you just need to print a label from Schoola, pack your clothes in something, and mail it! They'll sell them online and then give 40% of the proceeds back to the school that you designate. Kids and schools receive much-needed funds to bring new paintbrushes to budding artists, new kickballs for a game of foursquare and new instruments to future maestros. It’s a win-win for everyone! Make sure you take a peek around and shop because they run great deals and you'll be helping other schools!
Put your old clothing and accessories to good use. You'll appreciate having less in your closet and they'll appreciate the clothes you don't wear!