Please join Arrowstreet as we help our neighbors and our planet. Donate your un-needed clothing, shoes, and accessories to Second Chances to support people in need in our community.

Second Chances reuses and recycles clothing, shoes, and accessories so our neighbors feel confident and valued as they take the first steps toward brighter futures. Together, we can minimize the amount of apparel going into local landfills.


Wednesday, May 1 to Saturday, June 15, 2024


Arrowstreet’s kitchen
10 Post Office Square, Boston

What to donate:

Women’s, men’s, and all ages of children’s clothing, shoes, and accessories from any season or era, including coats, belts, hats, costume jewelry, purses, bags, and Halloween costumes.

Questions about what to donate? (Check our list »)

Second Chances’ clients need clothing for all kinds of activities including work, relaxing, dressy events, sports, and more. Special needs include: shoes of all types and sizes, all kinds of men’s clothing, and larger sizes of women’s clothing.

How to donate:

Place your clothing, shoes, and accessories in a plastic or paper bag (no hangers or large boxes, please).

Second Chances recycles all plastic bags and paper packaging from these drives as well, thanks to the City of Cambridge’s Recycling Program.

Can’t make it? Donate at one of our drop-off locations »

Questions? Email Second Chances at [email protected] or Jillian Lydon at Arrowstreet at [email protected].

Tax-Deductibility and Documentation
of Clothing Donations

KEEP AN INVENTORY with the type, condition and number of items in your donation. We cannot provide receipts for donations at clothing drives or donation bins, but the IRS recognizes this. For more information on the tax-deductibility of your donation and documentation requirements, please see IRS publications 526 and 561, or consult with a tax professional.

Donate Funds

Financial contributions are 100% tax-deductible and are as important as clothing to our ability to serve people in need. If you are interested in making a financial contribution, please send a check to Second Chances separately or donate securely online.

Donate New Items

You can purchase essential clothing and other items our clients need from our Amazon wishlist.

Thank you for your support!