We all know what it's like to hold on to clothes that we couldn't fit into since we were teenagers, or that we just know we'll wear some day. But rather than taking up space in your closet, those dresses, skirts, shirts or pants could be put to good use by someone less fortunate.
Here are some places where you can donate clothing on Long Island. Not only will you score great karma, but you'll also have a cleaner, more spacious closet. Always ask for a receipt and you can take your donation as a tax deduction.
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island
To find clothing bin locations near you, please go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island. You may also call (631) 234-0000 to arrange a free pick-up at your home. The organization accepts gently used clothing, coats, shoes toys and small household items.
The organization distributes some items to families in need and to other Long Island charities for their clients. They also sell donations to thrift stores. All profits go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island.
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Donate your gently used business attire for women to Dress for success. The organization will distribute the clothing to disadvantaged women to help them in their work and their lives.
This affiliate of Dress for Success is located in Brookhaven Town Hall, One Independence Hill, Farmingville (near the Brookhaven Amphitheatre and Cultural Center, off County Road 83.) Please call (631) 451-9127. Please bring all donations on hangers.
They accept donations of new and gently used, work appropriate clothing and accessories, as well as donations of cash to help with operating costs. Please see their Dress for Success page for more information about what they need and how to make a donation. Please note, the former Dress for Success Nassau closed in December 2009.
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Goodwill Industries International Inc. accepts new or gently used items, including clothing, appliances, electronics and furniture. These items are then sold at over 2300 Goodwill retail stores in the U.S. and Canada, as well as on shopgoodwill.org. According to their website, 84 percent of revenues raised go directly toward supporting community-based programs and services.
To find a Goodwill store on Long Island that's close to you, go to the Goodwill Locator.
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The Salvation Army
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Read my article on thrift shops on Long Island, NY. You can contact each one to see what types of items they accept as donations.
Note: in order to be able to take the value of your donated goods as a tax deduction, you must donate to a charity. Some of the thrift shops listed are privately owned. Always ask before donating.