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Clothes and Good Causes
We can create many reasons for keeping items that no longer serve us, in the process, cluttering our closets, minds, and lives. When it comes to new or gently used clothing, one reason folks often give for not letting them go is that they don't want them donated "just anywhere." They want specifics about what kind of place their clothes would be going to, and the people it serves. They often want reassurance that the organization supports a good cause.
I'd like to suggest a few places in Boston that might satisfy these desires. I've no personal or professional connection to any of them. I just know of their longstanding presence in Boston and the fact that, as it appears from their online mission statements (which I quote from below), each organization intends to put clothing donations to good use.
Since 1974, Rosie's Place at 889 Harrison Avenue has helped poor and homeless women to "maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives." Providing clothing "that anyone would be proud to wear" is an important part of this work since "For our guests, feeling good about themselves is often the first step on the road to positive change." Rosie's Place seeks clean, in-season women's garments, particularly nightgowns, slippers, new underwear, bras and socks. They can be reached at 617-442-9322.
Dress for Success
Donations of women's business suits, or other business-appropriate clothing, are of interest to Dress for Success at 989 Commonwealth Avenue. Founded in 1996, the organization's mission is "to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and life." For more information, call 617-779-2177.
St. Francis House
Located at 39 Boylston Street, St. Francis House accepts men's and women's business suits, as well as more casual clothing (some of the items specifically listed are socks, shoes, pants, shirts, hats, coats, gloves, and new underwear). They have assisted the poor and homeless for 27 years. Their many services include providing clothing and vocational rehabilitation: "Through our clothing distribution, we strive to encourage a sense of dignity and hope, the cornerstone that helps guests to rebuild their lives." Their website gives a "Wish List" of some of the organization's most pressing needs in regards to garments and other items. Call 617-542-4211 for more information.
These are just a few Boston area organizations accepting new and gently used clothing. Their websites provide details about the services they offer and the clientele that they serve. And, of course, they also give instructions on how to donate.
Learning about charitable organizations and the people they assist helps personalize the places and persons you might be considering donating to. In turn, this can make it easier to part with possessions. Knowing that a gift of clothing can make a fundamental difference in someone else's life is a gift, also, to the giver.