Updated for 2022
When it’s time to clean out the kids’ closets and get rid of those clothes they no longer wear or fit into, keep in mind there are many organizations that would be happy to receive donations of gently used children’s clothing.
Donation Centers for Your Gently-Used Clothing
Council Thrift Stores
Six locations are currently open including:
360 N. Fairfax Ave, LA 90036
10960 Santa Monica Blvd, West LA 90025
12120 Venice Blvd, Mar Vista 90066
The values of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) “are based upon respect for the dignity of all human beings and the pursuit of justice through education and awareness.” They serve many of our Los Angeles public schools with their after-school homework clubs, “Light Up a Library” Program, and more.
Each summer, they host a Back 2 School Store which provides children with clothing, shoes, and school supplies to get them ready for the new school year. Their website lists the many items they accept as donations, including children’s clothing and shoes.
Goodwill Southern California
Multiple locations around LA
Note: Check their website to see which ones are currently accepting donations
Goodwill was established in Southern California more than one hundred years ago. Their mission has been to “transform lives through the power of work.”
Today you’ll find Goodwill donation centers, retail stores, and career resource centers throughout Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties. If the Studio City location isn’t convenient, check the website. There are many donation centers located all around southern California.
The Salvation Army
Multiple locations around LA
Note: Some locations are accepting donations
Your kids may only know The Salvation Army by their red kettles at holiday time. Throughout the year, though, they actively work in communities after natural disasters, assist with adult rehabilitation, offer services to veterans, provide youth camps, and more.
If the Glendale location isn’t convenient for you, check the website. You’ll find many other donation locations around southern California.
Union Rescue Mission
545 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90013
The Union Rescue Mission has been in operation for over a hundred years and assists men, women, and children experiencing homelessness. They ask that all donated clothing be cleaned and ready to wear. Donations should be sorted into boxes, labeled (i.e. “children’s clothing”), and marked “used.”
Toberman Neighborhood Center
131 N. Grand Ave., San Pedro, CA 90731
The Toberman Neighborhood Center was founded in 1903. Their organization works to assist “Harbor Area families and individuals by delivering life-changing service that encourages, informs, educates and empowers.”
Your donations will either be sold through the Thrift Store or given (at no cost) to those in need. Clothing may be donated when the Thrift Store is open — Tuesday through Friday, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
4403 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016
Note: Accepting limited donations on a case-by-case basis
The Good+ Foundation, formerly known as Baby Buggy, was founded by Jessica Seinfeld in 2001. The Foundation “partners with a national network of leading programs to break the cycle of family poverty through the power of donated goods and services.”
They accept donations of NEW clothing for children (newborns through age 14) as well as maternity clothing. If the Jefferson Boulevard location isn’t convenient, the website offers a list of stores that serve as drop-off locations as well. Please contact them directly regarding any donations you’d like to make at [email protected]
Children’s Institute, Inc.
2121 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90026
Children’s Institute, Inc. (CII) serves more than twenty thousand children and families, providing “healing so traumatized children can recover and lead healthy lives.” If you have NEW Children’s clothing in any size they will be gratefully accepted. Check the website for a list of other accepted items.
Donations may be made Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm and on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Upward Bound House
1020 12th St., Santa Monica, CA 90403
Upward Bound House is working to “eliminate homelessness among families with children…” They accept donations of NEW children’s clothing and shoes. Donations may be made Monday through Wednesday and also Friday, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and Thursday from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. You must call to secure a drop-off time.
5830 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City, CA 90016
This organization works year-round to provide “children living in poverty with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities every child deserves.” Check the website for a complete list of the NEW items they accept.
San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission
8756 Canby Ave., Northridge, CA 91325
The San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission was established in 1998 to serve the needs of homeless men, women, and children in the San Fernando Valley. They accept donations of new and/or gently used clothing (all sizes).
You can call and schedule a pick-up of your donation for added convenience. Be sure to check the website for the list of items that they accept, in case you’ve got more things you’re looking to clean out at home.
426 S. Alexandria Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90020
Alexandria House was founded in 1996 and is a non-profit transitional residence and house of hospitality. They provide “safe and supportive housing for women and children in the process of moving from emergency shelters to economic stability and permanent housing.”
They accept donations of new and gently used children’s clothing and ask families to first call or email them with the specifics and to set up a drop-off day and time.
Centers Not Yet Accepting Donations (but we hope they will soon)
Topanga Women’s Circle
Donation Bin at Pine Tree Circle
Topanga Women’s Circle “is committed to making a difference to homeless families as they move into transitional housing.” Donations can be dropped off at their special bin each Saturday from 9:00 am to 10:30 am. Due to space limitations, they only accept clean, new or like-new infant and toddler clothing. No other children’s clothing is accepted, but they do also accept children’s books and toys as well as other household items. Check the list on their website before donating.
Wendy Kennar is a mother, writer, and former teacher who has lived her entire life in the same Los Angeles zip code. You can read more from Wendy at her website WendyKennar.com where she writes about books, boys, and bodies (living with an invisible disability).