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I have some maternity clothes and nursing shirts, tanks and
a few other items. I would like to donate them to needy
mother or an organization that could put them to use. Any
ideas would be great! Hubby says we are done with kids
There is an organization in San Leandro that works with
women and their children who are homeless or had to leave a
violent home -- for info and/or contact please check out
www.bfwc.org I have also started to post items from free on
Craigslist -- I basically provided a description, sizes etc.
and gave away my entire pregnancy wardrobe (in one listing,
not piece by piece).
Looking for suggestions on where to donation quality
children's and women's clothing in
Oakland/Emeryville/Berkeley. Other than Goodwill drop off
center. The archive exchanges were out of date- called a few
places listed and they are no longer in services. Any
updated suggestions would be great!
For higher quality clothing, I would consider Dress Best
for Less on Piedmont Avenue.
ECAP (Emeryville Community Action Program)! Donations go
directly to the needy folks who need them. Drop off at 3610
San Pablo. Here is some YELP input:
For nice business attire for women, you might also try BOSS.
I have some very good quality clothes, hoodies and jackets that my
teen daughter doesn't want any more. The clothes have been barely
worn and I would like to donate them to a local foster child who is
in need. Can someone tell me where I can donate in the Richmond/San
Pablo area so I know the clothing will go directly to foster teens
It's not Richmond, but I have been donating my son's clothes to the
Emancipated Youth Job Readiness Program run by the City's Private
Industry Council in Oakland. Call Robin Raveneu at 510-768-4402. She
works directly with the foster kids and makes sure they get the
clothes. Her Office is located in the Downtown Oakland Career Center
at 1212 Broadway, Oakland.
I have a fair amount of good quality men's and women's clothing that I would
like to donate. I live in Berkeley and don't want to schlep too far to
deliver the stuff. Any ideas?
''We are a community where people with nowhere to turn, turn their
I called them and their drop off is at:
600 Embarcadero Street in San Francisco (between Brannen and Townsend)
This is an exceptional organization!
I volunteer at the Clausen House Thrift Store on Telegraph and 48th St.
in Oakland. They take good quality clothes. Donations are accepted
daily; you might want to call to make sure of the times, but I know
they're open in the afternoons til 4 or 5. I think they open at 11.
They also often pick stuff up if you call and tell them what it is.
Please give anything you can to the Howie Harp Center for the Homeless
at 18th and San Pablo in downtown Oakland (510-238-3964 or
510-238-6590). They provide services free of charge like GLIDE in SF,
only they aren't religious and are right her in our community. The
needs are huge, and they REALLY NEED MEN'S CLOTHING, especially warm
clothing. If you can provide any hotel or small-sized shampoos,
lotions, tooth paste,etc, they need that, too. Their services:
- Medical Care
- Same Day Services: winter clothing, hygiene kits, nutritional
pakages, haircuts, massages, bag lunches
- Sign-up for services like Medi-Cal
- Employment help
- Case mgmt
- Winter Shelter
- Disabled care, wheelchair repairs, Center for Independent Living
Thanks for anything you can provide.
Try BUILDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR SELF-SUFFICIENCY (BOSS) on Kitteridge in
Berkeley. Their web site is http://www.self-sufficiency.org/
Another good place - but a bit farther - is ECAP (Emeryville Community
Action Program) which gives everything free to needy folks. They are
at 3410 San Pablo.
After breastfeeding 2 kids, I have a number of gently-used bras -- many of them
quite lovely and in great shape -- that just don't fit me anymore. Is there
anyplace out there that would want them? Artists? Women's shelters? I'm
assuming Goodwill and their ilk don't want used undergarments, even nice ones.
Not Wearing Demicups Anymore
The Berkeley Women's Shelter at 2140 Dwight Way, just above
Shattuck, will accept the bras. The shelter itself is always
open after 4pm every day of the week, and the daytime program
is open after 10am Sunday through Thursday (except Wed. when
it opens after 12). Just ring the doorbell and tell them
you're dropping off a clothes donation. If you have any
problems, just email me and I can take them over there, since
I used to be a volunteer.
The Salvation Army (the one I use is in Alameda: 1918 Park
St. Alameda, CA 94501; or in Berkeley: 1824 University Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94703) is happy to take women's clothing,
including bras. I donate to them on a regular basis; gave
them everything of my Mom's when she died, etc.
--Always Cleaning Out Closets/Cupboards
I've recently become a big fan of freecycle.org. Things I
really like about are that: a) it is a good place to recycle
things that are not traditional Goodwill-type donations b) it
is really helpful to those of us who are working-class, and
value hand-me-downs and don't qualify for programs c) It's
very local and easy to use. Your items will certainly be
adopted and appreciated.
Hi - I have several bags of quality children's clothing sizes
infant to 4T that I would like to donate to a charitable
organization that could use them. I prefer not to give to an
organization that ''re-sells'' the clothing. Perhaps there is a
social organization that helps women and children in need or
something similar. I'm also able to give to a new mother who
truly needs clothing for her little girl(s). Great stuff.
Would hate it to go to waste. Nicole
I have dropped off my donations at Bananas a few times. I trust them more than some
second hand stores.
Every fall and winter the organization One Warm Coat
collects coats and jackets to distribute to those who need
them. Does anyone know of a Berkeley drop-off center for
this year? (I've checked their website and didn't find
anything in Berkeley, but wondered if a local group was
planning a coat drive in conjunction with OWC.)
Bay Street Shopping Center in Emeryville and One Warm Coat have
been partners for several years and each year Bay Street serves
as a drop-off site. Donations will be accepted there BEGINNING
THE DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING. They make it really easy to donate,
you literally can just drive right up and drop it off without
having to park!
I am looking for somewhere to donate used clothes (women's,
men's and baby) and some baby bottles. I would prefer a battered
woman's shelter but am open to other options. Somewhere in
Oakland would be best for me but would consider other areas.
Thanks in advance
I would like to suggest donating to FESCO, which is a shelter
for families with children in Hayward. I personally know a
woman who is very involved and she speaks very highly of the
program. They work really hard at finding permanent housing for
families and also have their own transitional housing.
A Safe Place is a battered women's shelter in Berkeley.
Mom and Pop Green accept donations for fire victims. They will
pick up if need be. You can reach them at 510-261-7724 They are
Call the Women's Refuge in Berkeley and ask what they need. Also
the City of Oakland and the City of Berkeley can probably refer
you to shelters. Some shelters are listed in the front of the
phone book under emergency services.
I have donated women's and children's clothing and children's
toys and supplies to the following organizations:
Healthy Babies Project - A great organization that helps women
who are working hard to stay clean and sober. Needs kid's and
women's clothes, maternity, toys. Drop off on porch at 3328 Elm
Street at 34th near summit med ctr. 596-4189 or 450-0881
Other Women's Shelters:
Dwight way shelter 649-4976
Harrison house 525-5896
Women's daytime drop-in center (don't have phone number)
Bay Area Crises Nursery has a wish list here:
They are a wonderful organization. Here is their mission:
"The purpose of the Bay Area Crisis Nursery is to prevent abuse and neglect of children by providing support to families who are in stress or crisis.
Our primary service is providing a warm, loving, homelike environment for children
birth through five years of age by offering 24 hour residential care. "
Another great organization to donate Baby stuff to is:
A home for homeless pregnant women
Location: 3210 62nd Ave. (510) 729-0316
Oakland, CA 94605
You can drop children's toys and clothing off at BANANAS, a non-profit child care referral
and education center located at Claremont Ave in Oakland, close to the DMV and the 51st
For directions, more info, call 658-7353.
We recently donated a lot of childrens' clothes and toys to Bananas in
Oakland. Great organization doing great work. They didn't require the
clothes to be "cleaned", although we had washed them before storing them
away years ago.
We recently (February 2001) tried to donate a lot of (women's, maternity,
baby) clothes and none of the organizations in Berkeley that were mentioned
below were taking any. Our childcare provider suggested the Richmond Rescue
Mission and that's where we went (2nd and MacDonald in Richmond, from
Harbour Way freeway exit; phone (510) 215-4555, opening times Monday -
Thursday 8-5, Friday and Saturday 8-4). They are very professional, and
they give the stuff for free to families that find themselves in emergency
Sebastian and Angela
Re: donating used clothes, The Social Welfare Undergraduate
sponsoring a sock and towel drive for agencies serving the homeless.
emphasis is on socks and towels because these usually don't get
but they are also accepting clothing in clean/good condition. Clothes
be dropped off at 219 Haviland Hall, or call 642-4407 for pickup
I have several large bags of women's, men's, and children's
clothing to donate to charity. Most of the archives I saw only
pertained to women and children, or were several years old. I
have quite a bit of men's clothes to donate too. Any suggestions
of a charity/organization who will take them all? Easy
parking/drop-off is a big plus!!!
I usually take clothes to the Richmond Rescue Mission
(www.bayarearescue.org) at McDonald and 1st in Richmond. Not a
great neighborhood, but easy parking and you can get a tax
I've donated all types of clothing and other items to the
Emeryville Community Action Program (ECAP). They are located
on Solano Avenue in Emeryville, close to the Comp USA/Home
Depot complex. I love how friendly they have been and how
professionally they have handled accepting the clothing and
giving me a receipt. There is a small parking lot that you can
pull right into, too. I see many people there collecting
groceries when I drive by, so I know that they have a very
active outreach to homeless and low income families in and
around Emeryville. Unlike other agencies that sell the
clothes, I believe that they have the clothes available for
others to use, which means that they are far more accepting of
clothes that are not in top shape.
Putting used clothing to good use
Out of the Closet on University (and McGee I think?) takes all
kinds of stuff. You can pull right up to the side of the
building, drop the stuff off and get a receipt.
The Richmond Rescue Mission (in Richmond--corner of MacDonald
and 2nd) will take clothes for all manner of people--men,
women, children--as well as household items (check with them
first for things like books, furniture; they don't take mirrors
or other large glass items). They run a family shelter, a
men's shelter, rehab, and help get people into housing. I take
stuff from colleagues there regularly, as well as our own
stuff. RRM is my favorite donation station, and the only one I
Why don't you give Berkeley-Oakland Social Services a call?
Goodwill on San Pablo at about 61st Ave in Oakland - parking lot
and they'll take it all and give a tax deductible receipt.
Salvation Army - downtown Oakland - drop off in back off of
Webster street. They have volunteers to help unload.
Woodstock Child Development Center in Alameda could really use
your children's clothing (you could also ask if they might take
adults). They are a public school preschool serving low income
families. (They also need art supplies and diapers!) You can
call them at 748.4001. I'd be happy to pick the clothing up if
that would help.
What about the Alta Bates store in Market Hall in Rockridge? They have
parking, and they sell everything, and it benefits people who need
About once a month, a group called Community Assistance for the
Retarded and Handicapped (CARH) calls and asks if we have
donations (of clothing, household stuff, etc.). If we do, they
come to the house and pick it up. You might want to call them
and see if they do pickups in your neighborhood. From what I
understand, they have a stores in the Bay Area and sell items
there to raise funds for their programs. It has been a very
easy way for us to donate.
The Women's Refuge is a great place to donate that stuff! 510/547-4663
They house and help homeless women and children. You can ccall to get
the address where to drop off your used baby items. They'll give you a
receipt for taxes.
I donate infants, childrens' and women's clothes, toys and books to the
Women's Refuge. They are in the phone book. Call them to set up a
drop-off. They almost always need stuff because the women and children
who come there are often fleeing a domestic violence situation and only
have the clothes on their backs. They may also need things like towels,
soap, toiletries, etc.
Another organization that houses homeless pregnant women is Casa Vincentia.
They are almost always looking for stuff for babies and pregnant moms. (A great
way to get rid of maternity clothing in a way that *really* helps)
You can reach them at:
There's an organization in the city called Women's Alcoholism Center.
From what I know, they run homes where women can live with their children
while obtaining treatment for alcoholism. I'm sure they would love a
donation of children's clothing, toys, etc. Their number is 415-776-1001.
I work with a wonderful organization in Oakland called the Jobs Consortium. It
helps place the homeless in jobs with job training, counseling, housing services,
literacy training and the like. They also accept clothing donations for the
homeless, especially clothing needed for a job interview. You may contact them at
251-6241 and ask how you may donate. They also accept HOLIDAY TOY donations for
kids of their clients.
Right here in Berkeley, the Women's Daytime Drop-In Center at 2218 Acton
(548-2884) can generally use clothes, particularly anything women can wear
for job interviewing, etc. It sounds like exactly the kind of place you
are looking for. They can use things other than clothing too (they usually
have a list of things they need...I have goven irons, clocks, etc.). Give
them a call.
My husband and I just bought a new crib for our baby. We asked at the store
where we could donate the old crib, and the woman suggested the Richmond
Rescue Mission. They do pick-ups. We called and left a message, but
haven't heard back yet. Give them a try. They're in the phone book.
Chrysalis House in Oakland is a women's shelter for battered women that
accepts donations of women's and childrens' and babies' clothes and toys, etc.
You don't have to make an appointment, but it's a good idea to call for
directions. Phone number is in the phone book.
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