The summer season has officially ended, and fall is moving seamlessly into place. With the chill in the air, you are probably preparing to store away summer clothing. Say farewell to those cute sandals and your childrens' favorite pairs of shorts. (Rebel a little and keep the sunglasses.) Also, prepare to realize you have more clothing than closet space... and make room for new purchases by donating formerly-treasured clothing items to those in need.
Nonprofits and other local community organizations and churches are working to fulfill the needs of the less fortunate by collecting used or gently-worn outfits. Continue reading for a listing of places where the organizers are eager for your donation.
- The Immaculate Heart of Mary collects clothing as part of the Westchester Coalition for the Hungry and Homeless, Inc. WCHH is composed of food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, service organizations and individuals ready to lend a helping hand. Contact the church to inquire which clothing items the organization needs the most.
- Scarsdale Congregational Church and The Guild (SCC’s women’s service and fellowship organization) sponsor rummage sales at the church. Members donate clothing to sell, and then the church sells the clothing at a steep discount to help raise funds for the church. The Fall Fair is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Goodwill is yet another location collecting donations. This notable charity, which has a donation center located in Eastchester, accepts gently-used clothing and shoes in all sizes.
- White Plains Hospital Center’s (WPHC) Piggy Bank Thrift Shop is sponsored by the Auxiliary of WPHC and has been in operation for more than 50 years. Like the Scarsdale Congregational Church, the store sells clothing items at affordable prices for those who typically cannot afford retail prices. Proceeds from all purchases at the Thrift Shop benefit the White Plains Hospital Center.
- The Salvation Army Family Store in New Rochelle welcomes gently-used clothes to sell in their thrift store at affordable prices. In addition to helping someone in need buy affordable clothing, you are also helping fund the Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center. These centers provide substance abusers and others struggling with various forms of life issues with the necessary tools to re-enter society and live productive lives. To donate, drop off clothing donations or arrange a pre-scheduled pick-up time.
- A new charity organization, Pass It On Kid's Kloset, partners with the Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS) to provide new and gently-used children's clothes and essentials to Westchester families in need. Volunteers prepare individual bags full of folded complete and matching outfits for children. One package usually includes a week’s worth of clothing (eight outfits). Gingerbread Kidz in Scarsdale also donates new clothes to this initiative.