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Donate Your Old Clothing, Shoes & Accessories
When your old clothes start piling up and invading closet space, donating them is the best choice you can make. Clothing donations help people in need and can provide funding for charities at the same time. Where should you donate? There are a large number of organizations and causes that use your clothes for charitable acts. Here are a few options to help you decide where they'll go.

How to Recycle Your Old Clothing
1. Bring clothes to a charitable store. The Salvation Army and Goodwill both have stores across the country that accept clothing donations. These organizations re-sell clothing at low prices and use the proceeds to fund their own charitable activities, so donations help make a positive difference on multiple levels.

2. Put clothes in a drop box run by a charity. Donation drop boxes are usually located in the parking lots near stores or shopping centers. You should check beforehand that the charity name on the box is a legitimate one--there are many organizations that use items donated in drop boxes for their own profit, rather than for helping others.

3. Contact local homeless shelters and ask if clothing donations are needed. See if there are any specific clothing items that they need most.

4. Donate winter clothing to a local warmth drive, commonly held at schools, community centers, and places of worship. Clothes that protect against the cold are always in high demand, especially coats.

5. Research special interest charities if you would like to donate to a smaller organization. For example, there are several groups that collect prom dresses for teen girls who might not be able to afford to buy one. Or, you could donate business clothes to a charity that distributes them to men and women in need of professional attire.

Additional Information

Current Drop Box Locations:

  • Hiltz Disposal, 24 Kondelin Road, Gloucester  (accessible M-F 7am-4pm)
  • Iron Rail Gymnastics, 8 Kondlein Road, Gloucester
  • JD Myers Pub, 24 Lexington Avenue, Gloucester
  • Holy Family Parish, 74 Pleasant Street, Gloucester
  • Red Barrel Restaurant, 171 Eastern Ave, Essex
  • Tony Tally Motor Sales, 209 Essex Avenue
  • Dawn's Studio of Dance, 42 Eastern Avenue

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