Where to Donate School Clothes

Out with the old and in with the new! As summer comes to a close and the new school year begins, many students are upgrading their clothing and getting rid of last year’s. Yet, there are many kids in your community that don’t have the privilege of buying the proper clothes to go back to school. That’s where you come in!!

Instead of getting rid of your old, outgrown clothing, or letting it sit in your closet, donate it to a student in need! Having the opportunity to have the same kinds of clothes as the other kids will make them feel great, and most importantly, fit in. Giving them your gently used clothing is a great way to start off their school year!

If you have a school uniform you would like to donate instead of general clothing, make sure to check out our blog on Where to Donate School Uniforms.

By donating your used clothing, you can help students feel great about going back to school! Before you donate, however, please consider the following tips:

1. Make sure the clothing you donate is new or gently used.

2. Check all the pockets to make sure there are no forgotten valuables.

3. Wash the clothing if possible to make it easier on the recipient.

Now you’re ready to make a student feel good about going to school!

If you’re in the Chicago or Dallas area, you can use Zealous Good to match you with several local organizations that are actually looking for that specific item and will therefore profit the most from it. If you don’t live in Chicago or Dallas, here are some other places that would value your donation:

Local Schools

Schools usually keep a closet with extra clothes for students in need, so your donation will allow the school to keep its closet stocked for future students.

To find a school near you, look up your local school district online.

Youth Shelters

Youth shelters not only provide homeless youth with food and shelter, they also want them to get back on their feet as soon as possible. Educational stability is a main part of this process, and most of these at risk youth have no resources to go to school. Donating your used clothing will allow these kids to feel better and fit in at school!

To learn more and find a local shelter near you, click here!

American Red Cross

Clothing you donate to the American Red Cross will benefit homeless families as well as victims of natural disasters.

To learn more check out the American Red Cross website.

Local Churches

Most churches accept gently used clothing to give out to needy students and their families. Contact local churches in your area for more information.

Again, if you’re in the Chicago or Dallas area, use Zealous Good to submit your clothing donation and we’ll easily match it with a charity who will give it to a family in need!


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