Donate clothing

What to donate

We appreciate your donations of women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing, shoes, and accessories in good or better wearable condition. Our clients need clothing, shoes, and accessories for all kinds of activities including work, school, casual and dressy events, sports, and more. Anything our clients cannot use is either recycled or sold wholesale to support our work.

We accept:

  • Clothing from any era
  • Footwear including shoes, sandals, sneakers, and boots
  • Outerwear including all kinds of coats and jackets
  • Belts
  • Hats and scarfs
  • Costume jewelry
  • Purses and bags
  • Blankets (not comforters)
  • Sheets and pillowcases (not pillows)
  • Towels
  • Curtains
  • Tablecloths, placemats, and cloth napkins
  • Aprons

We cannot accept donations of anything that is not listed above. If you'd like to donate funds, here's how »

Most needed items:

  • Men’s clothing – all types and sizes
  • Women’s clothing, especially larger sizes
  • Footwear in good condition for both men and women

Click here for donation bin locations and public clothing drives (when scheduled).

How to donate

  • We cannot accept clothing donations at our office, which is a very small shared space. Please donate at a clothing drive or at our outdoor bins.
  • Place your clothing, shoes, and accessories in a small- or medium-sized bag (no hangers and no boxes, please). The opening in our donation bins is approximately 3' x 2'.
  • Please do not leave donations or trash outside of our clothing donation bins. If your donation will not fit through the opening, empty the contents into the bin and take the container with you. If the bin is full (rare, but sometimes unavoidable during the busiest times of the year), please come back another time, or visit one of our other locations.
  • Don't drop anything into the bin that you intend to keep. Hold your keys, wallet, phone, etc. in your other hand, or better yet, in a pocket or bag.
  • Please send your donation check separately - do not include it with your clothing donation. Same with coins!
  • Second Chances presently has extremely limited ability to pick up donations. If you have fewer than 30 large bags (350+ pounds) or are outside of the Greater Boston area, please drop off at our donation bins or one of our public clothing drives. Thank you.

Where to donate


Various locations: Wednesday, September 12 to Saturday, October 19, 2019 at ten East Cambridge Savings Bank branches. Details »

Davis Square, Somerville: Tuesday, October 1 to Thursday, October 31, 2019 during branch hours in the lobby of Rockland Trust (399 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02144). Details »



Whole Foods Market, Arlington
808 Massachusetts Avenue | Arlington, Massachusetts | Map »
Donation bin is near the electric car charging station in the parking lot.

Arlington Recycling Center - for Arlington residents only
51 Grove Street | Arlington, Massachusetts | Map »
For Arlington residents only. Please check the Recycling Center website for open hours and events. Donation bin is just inside the chain link fence.



Fresh Pond, Danehy Park parking lot, near the dog park
162 New Street | Cambridge, Massachusetts | Map »
Donation bin is in the parking lot on the left side, near the entrance.
Hours: Generally, the parking lot gates are open from dawn to dusk, every day.

Whole Foods Market, River Street
340 River Street | Cambridge, Massachusetts | Map »
Our donation bin is in the covered garage, at the end of the recycling center. It is accessible during store hours, when the garage is open. PokémonGO players: This location is a PokéStop as well!

Cambridge Crossing - for residents only
Inside One Leighton Street | Cambridge, Massachusetts | Map »
For Cambridge Crossing / North Point residents only. The concierge can show you where the donation bin is located.


Donation bin hosts wanted

Want to host one of our clothing donation bins at your location? We are looking for locations for donation bins in Somerville, Cambridge, and communities bordering Somerville and Cambridge. Details »

Thanks to our wonderful partners at Architectural Openings (East Somerville), Delaney Uniform Services (Watertown), and Whole Foods Market (Prospect Street, Cambridge and Beacon Street, Somerville) for graciously hosting donation bins in the past.

Hosting a clothing drive?

Let us know! We can help with marketing, your own webpage, posters, materials, and ideas.
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Click here for public clothing drives.

The incredible kids, staff, and volunteers from The Vineyard Church’s Kids Church collected this enormous pile of clothing, shoes, and accessories for the people we serve.

Want to host a clothing drive at your company, organization, or congregation? Here’s how »

Tax-deductibility and documentation

KEEP AN INVENTORY with the type, condition, and number of items in your donation. Because we can't assess every donation, we're not able to provide receipts for donations at clothing drives or donation bins, but the IRS recognizes this and generally accepts your own detailed inventory of your contribution.

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.