As we transition into a new season, you have the perfect opportunity to clean out your closet before you bring in your fall and winter clothing. While consignment shops and social media boards make it easy to sell items that you no longer want, another option is to donate them.
If you're cleaning out your child's closet and want to donate clothing, shoes and toys that he or she has outgrown, you need to know about Mothers Helping Mothers. This non-profit organization is fully run by volunteers and has been helping Sarasota families in need since 1990. Each year, more than 6,000 families come to Mothers Helping Mothers for basic necessities such as children's clothing and baby items, which are free to families in need.
Hope Family Services is a non-profit organization in Bradenton that serves survivors of domestic violence. While the organization offers a number of services such as a 24-hour helpline, emergency safe shelter, and prevention programs, it also accepts donations of household items, clothing, shoes, food and cell phones at their Hope Chest Thrift Store to help victims get back on their feet.
Do you have some high-end, designer outfits in your closet that you no longer wear? Free up the space in your closet by donating them to Treasure Chest, which accepts donations of clothing, jewelry, furniture, antiques and collectibles. What's so unique about Treasure Chest is that 100% of the proceeds that the store generates are given to the Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) in Sarasota. SPARCC participants are given vouchers that allow them to shop for free, and the store is also open to the public and offers great deals on unique finds.
This local organization serves residents in Manatee and Sarasota Counties that are struggling with homelessness and provides them with necessities such as food and clothing and assistance to find safe, decent and affordable housing. The organization will happily accept clothing items that you no longer wear, toys that your children have outgrown and items in your pantry.
This upscale resale boutique is located in downtown Bradenton and features women's clothing, jewelry, shoes and accessories. The store is open to the public, and 100% of the proceeds from sales benefit the Women's Resource Center, which helps local women in need to get through life's difficult transitions. You can donate your gently used items to the Unique Boutique to help these members of the community.
Which local organizations do you like to donate clothing, toys and household items to? Please share in the comments.