Where to donate clothes, help in Sacramento, CA


In this file photo, Salvador Contreras from Sacramento looks at a pair of red basketball shoes at a Goodwill. Read the bee’s guide to clothing donation.

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While Sacramentians may not have much need for bulky sweaters and chunky fluffy coats, the change of seasons has already brought cooler temperatures to the area. For some of us, that means taking stock of the items in our closets.

If you are eliminating items that don’t suit you or no longer bring joy to you, keep the gift in mind.

While some shelters and donation locations are in need of new items, especially socks and underwear, there are several locations in the area that will accept items as new or slightly used.

Here’s what you need to know before donating and where you can donate in the Sacramento area:

What should I know before making a donation?

First of all, you need to make sure that the clothes are cleaned. Dry clean or wash all clothing before donating and try to treat stains if possible. Many places won’t take damaged or stained clothing, but Goodwill is one place that does: Goodwill can take items like ripped t-shirts and recycle them.

Next, remember not to donate used underwear. While many shelters need new underwear, with a few exceptions, used underwear is not acceptable. This usually includes swimwear.

Be sure to check your pockets when organizing your donation. You might find lost jewelry, cash, receipts, or even credit cards inside pants.

It is also recommended that you call ahead before showing up to make sure that a location is accepting donations and that your items match needs.

When making a donation, make sure the matching pairs are packaged together. It is also helpful to label the boxes, especially if you are donating clothes along with other items like housewares.

Where can I donate clothes in Sacramento?

Good will, 1900, boulevard de l’Alhambra and various other places

Goodwill has several locations in the Sacramento area – all retail outlets accept donations. You can call the head office at 916-395-9000 for any inquiries.

Salvation Army, 10309 Folsom Blvd., Rancho Cordova and various Raley locations

The Salvation Army has several donation trailers throughout the area, many of which are parked at Raley’s grocery stores. You can find all locations available online. The nearest Salvation Army thrift store and donation center is in Rancho Cordova, and you can contact the center by calling 916-362-6269.

Mission Gospel of the Union, 400 Bannon Street, Sacramento

Union Gospel Mission needs a lot of variety of clothing for men, women and children. The drop-off point is open daily, and according to the website, you must park in the driveway at the north entrance near three crosses. You can call Union Gospel Mission at 916-447-3268.

WEAV, 2401 Arden Way, Sacramento

WEAVE provides services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Sacramento County, and accepts clothing donations by appointment only at its WEAVEWorks Recycled Fashion location on Arden Way. You must call in advance at 916-643-4606 to make an appointment.

Deseret Industries, 3000 boul. Auburn

Deseret Industries accepts donations of clothing as well as donations of jewelry, shoes, furnishings and much more. The Sacramento location is open for donations, without an appointment, Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fabulous finds on Fulton, 2751 Fulton Avenue

The League of Sacramento Assistance resale store is open for donations Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations must be clean and in good repair. The store’s proceeds fund the league’s philanthropic programs.

Discovery Shop, 2708, avenue Marconi

American Cancer Society Discovery Shop stores across California accept lightly used donations. They ask you to contact the store at 916-484-0227 to schedule a drop-off appointment. In addition to the Sacramento location, there are Discovery Shop locations in Auburn, Elk Grove, Roseville and Folsom.

Snowline Hospice Thrift Stores, 3961 El Dorado Road, Placerville; 3300 Coach Ln, Cameron Park; and 616 E. Bidwell St, Folsom

Snowline Hospice operates thrift stores and accepts donations in Placerville, Cameron Park and Folsom. The shops are open every day but accept donations Tuesday to Saturday from 9 a.m..

Where to give bras

Although many charities cannot accept underwear, there are specific charities where you can donate your bras. Here are some options where you can mail your bras.

Free the girls

This organization helps women victims of sex trafficking to reintegrate into their community. You can deposit five or fewer bras in various places in the area, or you can ship any number of bras to Free The Girls, 1552 Pioneer Trail Chesterton, Indiana, 46304.

Bra recyclers

You can also send bras to The Bra Recyclers by fill out your recycling form online. Once done, you will receive a prepaid mailing label to send in your new or lightly used (and cleaned) bras, sports bras, mastectomy bras, or nursing bras.

Want to help refugees resettle in Sacramento?

Several organizations in the region are working to help refugees who are starting new lives in Sacramento, especially Afghan refugees after the Taliban took control of the country. Sacramento is home to one of the largest Afghan communities in the United States.

Groups like the International Rescue Committee, World Relief Sacramento and the Sacramento Food and Family Services Bank accept monetary donations, which you can send online. Community development of the Lao family maintains a wardrobe of donated items, especially clothing appropriate for job interviews. They have two offices in Sacramento, which you can call at 916-393-7501 or 916-359-2788 to discuss donations.

While some of these organizations do accept clothing and household items, in many cases the easiest way to help is to donate so that the organizations themselves can determine how to allocate resources according to needs. needs.

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This story was originally published October 27, 2021 10:32 a.m.

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Mila Jasper is a reporter with the Sacramento Bee Public Services Office. A former Bee intern, Mila has also previously reported on information technology for Nextgov. She graduated from Northwestern University.

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