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 check our Events page for public clothing drive locations.

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 Cambridge, Somerville, and Watertown or one of our public clothing drives. Thank you.

Where to donate


SOMERVILLE CLOTHING DRIVE

Join us on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. near Union Square, Somerville! Details »

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ARLINGTON

Whole Foods Market, Arlington
808 Massachusetts Avenue | Arlington, Massachusetts | Map »
Donation bin is on the far side of the parking lot (behind the store), across from the entrance near the dumpster.

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CAMBRIDGE, Fresh Pond area

Danehy Park parking lot, near the dog park
162 New Street | Cambridge, Massachusetts | Map »
Donation bin is in the first space of the second row of spaces in the parking lot.
Hours: Parking lot gates are open from dawn to dusk, every day.

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CAMBRIDGE, Cambridgeport/Riverside area

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.
Pokémon players: This location is a PokéStop as well!

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CAMBRIDGE, near Central and Inman Squares

Whole Foods Market, Prospect Street
115 Prospect Street | Cambridge, Massachusetts | Map »
Our donation bin is all the way to the back of the parking lot on the left side.

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SOMERVILLE, near the Cambridge line and Inman Square

Whole Foods Market, Somerville
45 Beacon Street | Somerville, Massachusetts | Map »
Important note: There are two donation bins on the back right side of the parking lot, opposite the store. The Second Chances donation bin is on the far right with a freshly painted mural of people and clothing. If you want to donate to a local organization, providing clothing to local people in need, please place your donation in that bin. Thanks!

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WATERTOWN

Delaney Uniform Service
79 Grove Street | Watertown, Massachusetts | Map »
Please use one of the two bins in front of the chain link fence on the right side of the parking lot entrance.

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DONATION BIN HOSTS WANTED

Want to host one of our clothing donation bins? We have five new bins available for locations in Somerville, Cambridge, and communities bordering Somerville and Cambridge. Details »

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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 usually 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.