Updated June 23, 2020
When it’s time to clean out the kids’ closets and get rid of those clothes they no longer wear and/or fit into, keep in mind that there are many organizations that would be happy to receive donations of gently used children’s clothing.
Please note that in this uncertain time not all of these businesses are accepting donations right now. Please check to be sure they are open before you head out.
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Donation Centers that are now Open (many for contactless drop-off)
Council Thrift Stores
4 locations currently open:
360 N. Fairfax Ave, LA 90036
10960 Santa Monica Blvd, West LA 90025
12203 Ventura Blvd, Studio City 91604
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. In addition, 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 – check their website to see which ones are currently accepting donations
Goodwill was established in Southern California 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 Los Angeles – some are accepting donations *
Your kids may only know The Salvation Army by their red kettles at holiday time. Throughout the year, though, they are actively working in communities after natural disasters, assisting with adult rehabilitation, offering services to veterans, providing 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 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
The Toberman Neighborhood Center was founded in 1903. Their organization works to assist “Harbor Area families and individuals by delivering life-changing service that encourage, inform, educate and empower.” 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).
4505 W. Jefferson Blvd. Ste. 105, Los Angeles, CA 90016
* 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]
Centers that are not yet accepting donations (but we hope they will be soon)
MEND – Meet Each Need with Dignity
10641 N. San Fernando Rd., Pacoima, CA 91331
MEND’S goal is “to break the bonds of poverty by providing basic human needs and a pathway to self-reliance.” MEND accepts donations of children’s clothing and tennis shoes. Donations are accepted Tuesday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, and on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.
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.” Children’s clothing in all sizes (free of stains) is 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 and/or gently used children’s clothing and shoes. Donations may be made Monday through Friday, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
5830 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016
This organization works year-round to provide “low-income children ages 0-12 years with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities every child deserves.” As your kids transition to larger sizes, outgrow their toddler beds, and no longer read their simple picture books, it’s good to know that these items will go directly into the hands of children who need them. Check the website for a complete list of items they accept. If you can’t make it to their Wilshire Boulevard location, the website also provides you with a list of drop-off locations in and around Los Angeles.
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 their 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 providing safe and supportive housing for women and children in the process of moving from emergency shelter to permanent housing.” They accept donations of gently used children’s clothing and ask families to first email them with the specifics and to set-up a drop off day and time.
Topanga Women’s Circle
Donation Bin in 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 or like-new infant and toddler clothing. No other children’s clothing is accepted, but they do also accept children’s books and toys.
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