Let’s be honest — most of us have clothes in our closet that haven’t been worn in years. Rather than holding onto these pieces, waiting for then day when we might want to wear them again, they could be serving a much better purpose elsewhere. There are plenty of amazing places where you can donate clothes, which will not only help with decluttering your wardrobe, but allow you to give back and help someone in need at the same time.
Different charities focus on different needs, so if you’re wondering where to start, we’ve rounded up six places to donate dresses, formalwear, coats, and more, ahead.
Dress for Success
Dress for Success is an organization that helps women in need thrive in their work and personal lives by providing them with professional attire. It’s not just about donating outfits, though, which the receiver can then wear to job interviews or business meetings. Theses clothes often inspire a sense of confidence, allowing women to dress how they would like to for work without worrying about the financial burden of doing so.
Check out this list of local affiliates to find out where you can donate clothing to Dress for Success.
Around the holiday season, you can usually spot Goodwill bins and donation drives throughout different neighborhoods. The process of giving to this organization is fairly easy: gather your clothes, box them up, and bring that box to a Goodwill location. These items will then be sold, and those funds will go toward employment training and job placement for the people of your community.
Find out how to donate to Goodwill.
The Salvation Army
Clothing, shoes, and accessories that are donated to the Salvation Army are then sold at the organization’s local thrift stores. The proceeds from those sales go toward helping those who are struggling with addiction by funding the organization’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers.
Find out ways to donate goods to the Salvation Army.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross collects clothing through a partnership with GreenDrop, allowing you to bring your donation to specific locations or even schedule an at-home pickup. Your lightly used outerwear, jeans, formalwear, handbags, and more are then resold to local thrift stores, and that money goes towards American Red Cross’ initiatives, such as disaster relief.
Find a GreenDrop drop-off location.
One Warm Coat
One Warm Coat’s mission is simple: to make sure that everyone, both children and adults, can bundle up during the colder months. And while it’s possible it help out through money donation — every $1 is said to warm a single person — the organization also collects coats from retailers, organizations, and everyday people. You can drop your outerwear off at a nearby non-profit location and also host your own drive.
Donate coats to One Warm Coat.
Order a Clean Out Kit from Farfetch, fill it with gently worn clothing, then send the package back to the company. The store will actually resell your old stuff before giving that money to a charity of your choice. However, if you’d like a treat in return, Farfetch only requires a 50% minimum donation. The rest of the funds can be used for a store shopping credit.