Clothing Donation Centers

Cheryl Cirelli
Donate your unwanted clothing!
Donate your unwanted clothing!

Clothing donation centers are a great place to take your unwanted items. You can feel good knowing that your used clothing is benefiting someone less fortunate.

About Donating Clothing

The next time you clean out your closets, why not take your unwanted clothes to a local donation center instead of throwing them in the trash. There are many centers that accept clothing donations along with other household items. The centers benefit from the donation of clothing and the clothing goes to someone less fortunate who can put it to good use. Most centers will give you a tax credit for your donation as well.

When donating clothing make sure that it is in the best possible condition. This means that it is clean and in wearable condition. The clothing should be free from hole and tears. If it has a small flaw, try your best to fix it yourself before donating the item.

Some donation centers have a store as well that resells donated items for a profit. The sales help fund the various programs of the organization.

Finding Clothing Donation Centers

Clothing donation centers are located across the United States. Many organizations who accept donations have their own centers that re-sell clothing that has been donated for a profit. The money goes towards the various programs that the organization sponsors and helps those less fortunate have a better life.


Goodwill accepts donations of new or gently worn clothing. The clothing is then sold in their retail stores. There are over 2,300 Goodwill donation centers across the United States and Canada. Items sold at the centers help support job training programs, job placement services and various community related programs for those with disabilities, are lacking education or work experience, or are facing challenges with finding a job.

To find a Goodwill donation center in your area, check out the locator tool on the website and simply enter your location to find the nearest center.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has donation drop-off boxes as well as stores across the United States. The Salvation Army Family Store sells items that help fund the organization's Adult Rehabilitation Programs. To find a store, rehabilitation center or a drop-off location, visit the Salvation Army's website and enter your zip code or city and state. You will then be given the closest locations to your area.

Other Centers

Clothing donation centers vary by location. There may be a local agency that has a center in your specific location. Always check your local yellow pages and contact nonprofit organizations in your area to see if they have their own donation centers.

Final Considerations

If you are planning on donating clothes to a local donation center, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Be sure that clothing is clean and not soiled. Launder it before donating.
  • If clothing has minor flaws such as small tear, try to repair it before donating the item.
  • Do not donate any item of clothing that is not in wearable condition: the donation center is not a trash bin. Be respectful and only donate items that are wearable and in good condition.

By donating your unwanted clothing you are not only helping yourself get rid of items that are no longer being used but you are helping those who are less fortunate. Clothing donations can be sold at various centers across the United States where the money raised goes towards making someone else's life a little better.

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Clothing Donation Centers