Where to Donate Children’s Clothes


Growing up—every child’s nightmare! Toys turn into video games. Kid’s menus turn into big menus. Car seats turn into real seats. What else happens when you grow up? You get bigger and taller and you get this sudden need of new clothes. We’ve all been through the transition of outgrowing our clothes as a child and some of us have even had a pleasure to watch our own kids grow through sizes. Donate children’s clothes today—you’ll help out the many children of our country who are in dire need of a good set of clothes.

Calling all Chicagoans! Many people in Chicago have used Zealous Good to find out exactly which local charities could use their donates children’s clothes. You can too. If you’re not in Chicago, here are some ideas of where to donate your old children’s clothes.

Women’s Shelters

Battered women’s shelters provide amazing assistance for women and children in need of help. So, you can be sure that your furniture will be put to good use by donating it to one of these shelters. Your table, chair, or sofa can help transform these shelters into comforting temporary homes for their clients.

To find a shelter in need, visit WomensShelters.org. It’s a great resource, with links to shelters in every state.

Elementary Schools

Like we said in our old post on where to send outgrown school uniforms, elementary schools will know of families that need your children’s clothes donations. Schools are available to help out families in need, clothing their students is no exception.

For information on schools near you, you can look up your local school district online.

New Moms & Teen Moms Programs

Teen mom programs help ensure that young mothers are prepared for motherhood and have all the resources they need to support their family and themselves. These young moms always need extra items to help with their children.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a good website listing teen mom programs across the country, but you can always find organizations in your neighborhood by Googling “teen moms program”

Finally, if you’re in the Chicago area, check out Zealous Good to find where to donate children’s clothes. Click here to submit your donation and we’ll find a local charity that can use it.

Vince Nava is a 2013  marketing intern at Zealous Good, an in-kind donations marketplace in Chicago. You can find Vince on Google+, on Twitter at @vincenava or Zealous Good on Facebook and on Twitter at @ZealousGood.

One Comment

  1. Veronica said:

    Donating to Planet Aid Yellow Bins is also a good choice. Collecting unwanted clothes saves landfill space and reusing already manufactured clothing and other textile saves millions of gallons of water and reduces the use of fertilizer and pesticides (in cotton production). Recycling or reusing one pound of clothes saves on average 3.6 lbs of CO2.

    November 11, 2013

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