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Added Jul 13 2014

Hello! I am cleaning out my apartment and have clothes and household items to donate but not sure where to bring them. Any suggestions as to local organizations that could use these items? Thank you

  • robin in WRP I support a 28th Amendment 4Free & Fair Elections!
  • Stacey Neighbor, friend, cautious optimist

    Charity Pickup Service will pick items up at your home and leave a tax receipt, and you can designate the charity (either Military Order of the Purple Heart or Vietnam Veterans of America). You can schedule the pickup at

  • pattymelt is mostly in charge

    Maybe the Six Corners Assoc. can use them for this woman:

    Otherwise, Thrift N' Thrive will take them:

  • joanie 20+ year Resident of Jefferson Park

    St John's Lutheran Church/School has a drop box for clothing at Montrose/Lavergne in their parking lot on the NE corner. It's about a block east of Milwaukee Ave.

  • joanie 20+ year Resident of Jefferson Park

    For household items, Amvets is always a good charity to support. They also take clothing donations.

  • Just Me

    I bring mine over to the salvation army across from the Aldi on Pulaski ( just south of Foster)
    I have brought clothes, shoes, toys, games, appliances I don't use anymore etc... They have huge drop boxes, the non clothes items just leave infront of the boxes, someone will come pick them up

  • Senseis Taking the road less traveled

    Our Lady of Victory has a drop box for clothing. The donations help the school!

  • ChicagoJamz Retired in Chicago....

    Salvation Army @ the NE Corner of Cumberland & Foster... There's a drop off truck in the parking lot.....

  • Chicago Carol retired

    St. Cyprian's Food Pantry at 6535 W. Irving Park Road (entry in the back) will take the clothing and any small household items. They are open on Monday and Thursday from
    9 A.M. to 11 A.M.. They accept food donations too. Also, they are currently accepting gently used book bags and school supplies for the "Back to School" distribution. Your donations are always welcome.I have volunteered here for over a year now. A great neighborhood diatribution center for the GCFD.

  • Katie K. Neighbor and Parent

    Just to clarify, OLV's box is located on the Northwest side of the parking lot on Sunnyside. There are also boxes for paper recycling. Both benefit the school.

  • JeffParkOldTimer Retired--38 Year Resident

    X2 on the Salvation Army on Cumberland and Foster. Enter on Foster Ave. parking lot . Deposit your donation by the SA truck or bin. After 10 AM there is a fellow there to help you unload and give you a receipt for tax deductions.
    Just an FYI some of the bins for donation are owned by "for profit" companies.

  • My friend just opened her resale store and she accepts donations. It's called Angels Closet on the corner of Melvina/Montrose. You can go directly there and drop off. Check it out on FB also.

  • Johnny Portage Park

    Personally, I'd rather support a neighborhood business like Thrift And Thrive than donate to Salvation Army.

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  • Just Me

    they hate gays? why would they care?

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  • Just Me

    that's ridiculous!

  • ChicagoJamz Retired in Chicago....

    People that preach tolerance are by far the least tolerant people around.... We are told to accept everyone but, if someone has a different view because of their Religious beliefs it's ok to attack them.....
    Everyone should mean everyone..... Just sayin'

  • Unique Thrift if you "donate" to this for-profit, they will give you a two dollar off coupon. The size of donation doesn't matter.

  • soccerfan ^_^

    Are there any LGBT-friendly thrift stores in the area, or ones that are run by LGBT nonprofits?

  • robin in WRP I support a 28th Amendment 4Free & Fair Elections!

    soccerfan - Howard Brown - see above

  • BeenAFix Portage Park , Runner, Gamer, 30s, IT Guy

    The Salvation Army is extremely anti-gay and has been known to turn away openly gay citizens from their programs, including their rehab facilities.

  • Angela librarian, mom, cyclist, rocker, homeowner

    Youth Outreach Services (at Irving and Narragansett) is seeking donations "for a new facility of apartments that will be used by foster, runaway and homeless youth, as well as other youth in crisis situations. We need help getting these apartments furnished by August. If you are able to donate, please get in touch with Claire Barner at or 773.777.7112 x7229. Wish list:
    Living room chairs
    Dining tables and chairs
    Kitchen supplies (dishes, pots and pans, silverware, etc.)"

  • Jan

    i've been taking clothes to both The Brown Elephant (Howard Brown) and Goodwill. I'm having The Ark pick up furniture next week. as far as i know, only Brown Elephant and The Ark pick up furniture.

  • .If any one should happen to have a recent crib, high chair or car seat, the Women's Center at 5116 N Cicero can always use them. Or maternity clothes, or gently used boys clothes size 2 or larger.

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  • Mo in Jeff Park

    Kenji you are not talking about the same place as Polonia. Your picture is of a women's medical clinic.

  • Although Unique thrift shops are for profit, part of the proceeds from sales do go to Disabled Veterans programs, but what percentage I don.t know.

  • I don't think it is a percentage, I think it is a flat amount for using the name. Maybe someone can fill us in on that. Same with Salvation Army.

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