How to Get Free Clothes

Posted on Jun 21 2016 - 1:07am by admin

how to get free clothes

Welcome to our how-to guide on finding free clothes. When you are in need of basic life necessities like clothing you may feel helpless and frustrated.

Finding important resources are priceless in times of need. We have put together an extensive list of local and statewide organizations and businesses that provide free clothing, and other resources for families in need.

Each city provides free programs to their residents. At times, we can look for help in other places, for example, religious institutions. Religious institutions rely on donations made by the public, therefore, are strong advocates in giving back to the community.

Many churches of numerous denominations provide free resources to individuals and families in need. Here is a nationwide list of Catholic & Christian churches. You could locate organizations in your neighborhood and ask about the programs they provide. If you have children most public schools also host clothing drives.

General Clothing

Craigslist is a popular online classified site. Many people from all over the world shop second hand on craigslist for great discounts. You will find new and hand me down items at a competitive cost. One of it’s most visited section is the FREE listings. Every state has their own individual site with residents giving away electronics,furniture, toys, and clothes. It is important to note to follow safety methods when meeting a stranger in their home, it is suggested you bring along a friend or family member.

FreeClassifieds is another popular site that allows you to search based on location. They list free clothing, furniture, food and even vehicles that are looking for a new home.

Super Ads is popular for their real estate listings, free furniture and clothing section. It is definitely worth a look to find items no longer needed by private owners.


If you live in a part of the world with cold winter seasons, finding a coat for yourself and your children is vital. Luckily many cities, counties and states hold public and private coat drives. One of the most famous is the New York Coat Drive by New York Cares. Every year thousands of coats are donated by the public for people in need. When you visit their site you will find locations where you may pick up coats. You will also learn of other resources available by local organizations.

Nationwide Organizations

The below organizations have nationwide resources that can assist you with obtaining clothing, coats, baby clothes, blankets, and other items. All of the below are not for profit and can locate other local resources for you as well.

1.800.621.HOPE (4673)

  • Salvation Army
    • The Salvation Army National Headquarters
      615 Slaters Lane
      O. Box 269
      Alexandria, VA 22313


2443 Fillmore St. #380-5363

San Francisco, CA 94115

[email protected]

  • American Red Cross
    • National Red Cross
      American Red Cross National Headquarters
      2025 E Street, NW
      Washington, DC 20006


Work Clothing

If you are seeking work and find yourself in a position where you need to interview to find employment, don’t let not having the right clothing stop you. First impressions can be a huge factor in getting a job. Many private organizations focus on assisting adults looking to acquiring suits and other work clothes. A popular drive held by private companies is:

Dress for Success is the largest international program assisting adults in getting free suits, shoes and work clothes. Here is a description of their program: Dress for Success began in in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to almost 145 cities in 20 countries and has helped more than 925,000 women work towards self-sufficiency.

Statewide Services

Along with the nationwide programs listed in this guide, every state has their own list of private and public organizations. Below is a list of programs state by state. Tip: Community programs usually work with other private and public programs. They serve as a great resource for finding out about other free programs and services you may qualify for. As a U.S citizen, the welfare system is available for individuals in financial need. If you are in need food assistance for your children (regardless of your citizenship status) please call or visit.

If you need financial assistance you may visit your local HHA office. They can provide you with immediate vouchers to use to purchase clothing for upcoming interviews. They can also assist you with diapers and children’s clothing. You should gather documents that prove your address, income and identity before speaking to a social worker. This will make the process more smooth and get you the assistance you need immediately.

In Conclusion

To qualify for free resources you will need to meet income guidelines along with other requirements. If you receive any type of government assistance you may automatically qualify for state and federal programs. Below is the basic chart.

Family Size                                                                Yearly Income

Family of 1$11,770
Family of 2$15,930
Family of 3$20,090
Family of 4$24,250
Family of 5$28,410
Family of 6$35,570
Family of 7$36,730
Family of 8$40,890

There are thousands of organizations who distribute clothing and other donated goods to families in need. If you have a small budget there are other alternatives like garage and yard sales and thrift stores. Every local paper has a classified section where they will list upcoming clothing drives or donations.

A popular statewide paper is the PennySaver. Supermarket and malls have designated areas for local postings. You can always ask a neighbor or associate. Children grow fast and many parents simply throw away unwanted clothing that no longer fit. As you can see there are many available options for finding free clothing. The first step is to contact the organization or visit in person and ask for help. We hope that you found our guide helpful.