Q&AZ: Where Can I Donate Clothes In The Phoenix Area During The Pandemic?
With more time spent at home, some Arizonans are taking the opportunity to clean out their closets.
One listener asked: "I have some beautiful business clothing and shoes and other nice items to donate, but it seems only Goodwill is still taking stuff due to COVID-19. Wanted to donate them to Fresh Start Women's Center because they do such great work. Where else can accept donations?"
All of Arizona’s Goodwill stores have reopened and are ready to take in those unwanted clothing items. But for those who want to support a smaller local business, there’s the Giving Vine Thrift Store in Phoenix.
Employee Edward Blackwell said the store focuses on helping single moms, first responders, veterans and those seeking employment.
“People that have served in the military or that have been first responders, they don’t want a handout, they want a hand up," Blackwell said. "So we reduce our prices. we give them a 10 to 15% discount on anything that we bring to them.”
He said they also bring $1-2 children’s items to day care centers for moms to shop through. The store offers free pick up and delivery in the Phoenix metro area.
If you’re looking for an organization that works more directly with those in need, the Sojourner Center is an option. Philanthropy director Gordon Sims said the Phoenix domestic violence shelter is still taking donations, but by appointment only.
“While people are going through things in their homes, we just ask that they look at it and think: Would I give this to someone I loved?" Sims said. "And if they say yes, then we certainly would love them to bring that to Sojourner Center."
The Sojourner Center also partners with Big Brothers Big Sisters and sends the items they don't use to that organization.
ICM Food & Clothing Bank provides emergency food boxes, clothing and everyday household necessities to the working poor, elderly, families, children, nearly homeless and disabled in Maricopa County. The organization is accepting clothing at its Phoenix facility Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon.
The Society of St. Vincent De Paul is still taking donations. The organization also offers rent and utility assistance. Jessica Berg, chief program officer, said people can drop items off at the main campus or an one of its five thrift stores.
"The income from the thrift stores helps us fund our programs," Berg said. "[But] you can tell them at the thrift store that you want [the donation] to go directly to our resource center or our dining rooms for folks who visit there and are in need."
The resource center offers a variety of services to those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.