Recycling is the thing to do, and what better way to recycle than to give to someone who could use your items? The following charities either give your items to the under-served directly or sell them in their thrift stores to fund programs that aid the under-served.
1 Children's Way
Arkansas Children’s Hospital provides medical treatment and emotional support. However, children and families in the hospital have other special needs that are met through the generosity of donations.
Children's Emergency Department accepts comfortable, non-binding clothing for children to go home in. They need of shorts and solid-colored T-shirts (child and adult sizes, neutral colors for boys and girls). They also accept toys, games, toiletries and lots of other things. Check their list.
All donations should by dropped off at the Volunteer Services department at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, 1 Children's Way. Please. Please contact Volunteer Services at 501-364-1825 before going.
2004 S. Main St.
The Arc Arkansas provides supports, housing, advocacy, education and leadership to people with disabilities and their families.
The Arc collects donations of clothing, bedding, shoes and other household items, which are in turn sold to Savers Thrift Stores. The Arc will even take unusable clothing items for recycling. They also accept games, craft items, household goods and more.
The Arc will come to your house and pick up goods, but you can also drop off clothes at their donation center on Main.
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Arkansas
1125 S. Broadway
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America helps children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with mentors that try to have a measurable impact on youth.
Big Brothers and Big Sisters accepts clothes, but they must be in good condition. They also accept household items.
There are BB&BS bins at most Saver and Walgreen stores, but their main Little Rock Donation Center is at 1125 S. Broadway.
Dress for Success
Dress for Success helps women prepare to enter the job market by giving them skills and clothes they need.
They accept interview- and career-appropriate suits, jackets, blouses, skirts and pants for women as well as shoes, jewelry and purses.
Dress for Success does not have a drop-off box, but sometimes has donation drives.
1110 West 7th Street
Goodwill Industries helps people get back on their feet through job readiness training, education assistance and employment placement services. They provide people with job interview clothing and a week's worth of clothing if they get a job. However, other goods and clothing are sold in their many thrift stores which help to fund the organization.
Goodwill accepts almost everything if it's new or gently used. They accept household items, furniture, clothing, blankets and more.
There are many donation centers in Little Rock in including their main building at 1110 West 7th Street and their thrift stores at 109 Markham Park Drive, 9700 N Rodney Parham Rd and 2904 S University Ave. Use the locator for more specifics.
6501 Geyer Springs Road
They accept almost anything if it's useable and in new or like new condition. The Salvation Army will pick up some items, but you can drop off items to their thrift store location.
2921 Confederate Blvd
The Union Rescue Mission has facilities for veterans, domestic abuse survivors, the homeless and addicts. They run different facilities in Little Rock including ministries in Little Rock and North Little Rock, and the Dorcas House for victims of domestic violence and the Nehemiah House for the homeless, addicted and disadvantaged.
They accept donations of new or like new clothing and accessories. They also accept other household items.
3701 Springer Blvd
The Watershed accepts donations of new and like new clothing at the Springer Blvd location. They also accept toys, food and some household items.
Most of the local shelters provide clothing and jackets to the people who reside there, and accept donations of clothing. Check this list of local shelters to see if they have a need for donations.