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


COVID-19 UPDATE: May 15, 2020

Our donation bins are currently operating with limited pickups and some exceptions noted below. Please be considerate of our hosts and, if a bin is full, wait to donate another time. Do not leave donations outside the bins. Thank you for your generosity and support.

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ARLINGTON

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

TEMPORARILY CLOSED - Arlington Recycling Center
[expected reopening in May or June - we will post details when available]
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.

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CAMBRIDGE

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.

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

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SOMERVILLE / MEDFORD

TAB parking lot, West Somerville
169 Holland Street | Somerville, Massachusetts | Map »
Donation bin is near the exit, to the left of the attendant's booth.

Tufts University Campus - for the Tufts community
101 Talbot Avenue | Medford, Massachusetts | Map »
Donation bin is in the driveway to the left of the office/house. This location is very close to the Medford/Somerville line.

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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 and River Street in Cambridge and Beacon Street in 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.