Donate clothing

What to donate

We appreciate your donations of clothing, shoes, and accessories. We can use just about anything that is still wearable - children's, women's, and men's sizes; contemporary or vintage; casual, work, and dress styles; clothing, shoes, and accessories. We can even make good use of household linens like aprons, towels, sheets, tablecloths, and cloth napkins. Anything our clients cannot use is either recycled or sold wholesale to support our work.

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

How to donate

  • 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 overflowing (rare, but sometimes unavoidable during the busiest times of the year), please come back another time, or visit one of our other bins.
  • 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 in Arlington, Cambridge, and Somerville or at one of our public clothing drives. Thank you.

Where to donate


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.



Whole Foods Market, Somerville, near Inman Square
45 Beacon Street | Somerville, Massachusetts | Map »
Important note: There are three donation bins on the back right side of the parking lot, opposite the store. The two Second Chances donation bins are on right side with colorful clothing decals. If you want to donate to a local organization, providing clothing to local people in need, please place your donation in our bins. Thanks!


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) for graciously hosting donation bins in the past.

Hosting a clothing drive?

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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.