Monday, September 14, 2009

Clothing donation in the neighborhood?

A reader emailed me asking if there are any places to donate clothes in the neighborhood -- anybody have suggestions? She mentioned Martha's Table at 14th and V, but they only take business-casual men's clothes or in-season clothes on hangars or folded in shopping bags or boxes. That could be useful for some folks, but it doesn't hurt to know of more places.

If you know of any place or group in the neighborhood, post it in the comments!

9 comments:

Ashley said...

There are goodwill bins on 18th Street just north of Florida Avenue.

Chris said...

Most of the clothes donation bins like the ones you find on 18th street are actually run by for-profit companies that sort and ship the clothes to 3rd world countries. There's a big scam with used clothes and most people, I think, assume that they are somehow given away to the needy, which is not the case. I don't have an alternative but I bet if you speak to some of the churches in the area you might find a better source to donate to than a for-profit company. I'll do some research on this and see if I can find a better source locally that will ensure you clothes are given to the needy without someone make money off of them.

Alison said...

It's worth driving (or renting a zipcar) to the Goodwill Headquarters on South Dakota Ave. NE. It's about 10 mins away, they have great hours, and they're genuinely thankful when they receive your donation. We had stuff declined at Marthas Table because it wasn't in season or up to snuff. Our donation ended up in the trash, and that left a bad taste in our mouths so we go to Goodwill now and have had a positive experience each time we've gone. Make sure you get a receipt for tax purposes!

Mark said...

I usually take clothing donations to Central Union Mission at 14th and R (1350 R St NW): http://missiondc.org/give/non_monetary.html

Chloe said...

The Salvation Army on Sherman Avenue might takes clothes.

Andrew said...

Good points all. Chloe, just called that Salvation Army location, they said they don't, they're just a church.

Bonnie said...

There's an AMVETS thrift store on Georgia Ave. 6101 Georgia Ave NW Washington, DC 20011 202-291-4013

Andrew said...

That's the one I usually go to. Kinda far away though.

Sara said...

Thanks for all the advice!