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  • Give Your Clothing a Second Life Through Donating
    July 22, 2021

    Donate Clothing

    Have you recently cleaned out your closet or have your kids grown out of their clothes? Consider giving a second life to clothes your family no longer needs by donating. There are so many great organizations in South Jersey that rely on clothing donations to support local community members. Proceeds from your donation can fund a charitable cause and be used to help improve the lives of others. 

    Donating your unwanted clothing also prevents textiles from going into the landfill. According to the Council for Textile Recycling, Americans only recycle or donate 15% of their used clothing, which means the other 85% (or about 10.5 million tons a year) ends up in landfills.  

    Before you head to your local donation site, there are a few things you should keep in mind:

    1. Make sure you are only donating accepted items. We have all seen drop off bins overflowing with items, and it is not uncommon to see televisions and furniture sitting next to textile donation bins. Many organizations are not equipped to handle those types of items. Please be sure to check with a staff member before leaving shoes, electronics, appliances, furniture, or toys at any location.

    2. Call ahead.  Contact the organization to find out if your donation must be dropped off at a special location, during a particular time of week, or require items to be packaged in a special way.  Also, some centers may have changed their policy as a COVID-precaution. It is best to touch base with the organization before you pack your car!

    3. Quality Check.  If you would like your items to be put to good use by someone else, make sure clothes are clean and in good condition. Inspect your garments for holes, stains, rips, missing parts, or other indications of wear. 

    4. Clothing does not always need to be in perfect condition to be recycled. Donated clothes that are not reused as clothing can be sold and used to make other materials such as carpet padding and rags. Finding a home for ripped or stained clothing can be as easy as calling up your local donation site to see if they sell scraps. Many mechanics can reuse scraps as rags and you can also use your scraps for cleaning or in other DIY projects.

    Find the closest donation center to you! Use the map below to find Atlantic and Cumberland County that will accept donated items.  Please contact the organization or business before dropping off your donation.


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    We have tried our best to provide accurate information. If you notice our map needs an update, please email ar@acua.com.


    Atlantic County Donation Centers


    Community Organizations:


    Charity Center Thrift

    Charity Center Thrift | Facebook

     (609) 442-0468

    221 Tilton Rd, Northfield, NJ 08225

     

    The Arc Makes Cents, Too! EHT & Ventnor

    https://thearcatlantic.org/thrift-shops/

    3003 English Creek Ave.
    Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234

    Phone: (609) 241-9333

    6409 Ventnor Ave.
    Ventnor, NJ 08406

    Phone: (609) 822-7055

     

    AC Rescue Mission

    https://acrescuemission.org/operation-empty-closet

    2009 Bacharach Boulevard, Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401

    (609) 345-5517

    *See website for clothing donation bin locations.

     

    The Alcove Thrift Shop

    https://thealcove.org/giving/thriftshop/

    319 E Jimmie Leeds Rd Suite 205, Galloway, NJ 08205

    (609) 484-­1133 ext. 105

     

    VIM Thrift Store

    https://www.vimsj.org/thrift-stores/

    6825 Tilton Rd Produce Junction Shopping Center Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234

    (609) 277-7075

     

    Salvation Army Family Store & Donation Center

    https://satruck.org/

    (800) 728-7825

    650 N Albany Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

     

    Goodwill Industries Cardiff, NJ (Store & Donations)

    https://goodwillnj.org/store-locator/

    6701 Black Horse PikeCardiff NJ 08234

    (609) 569-1112

     

    Goodwill Industries Hammonton, NJ (Store & Donations)

    https://goodwillnj.org/store-locator/

    240 South White Horse Pike Blueberry Crossing Shopping Center Hammonton NJ 08037

    (609) 704-1744


    Thrift Stores:


    Thrift Shop-Shore Medical Center

    https://shoremedicalcenter.org/thrift-shopser

    275 New Rd, Somers Point, NJ 08244

    (609) 653-8374

     

    Second Chance Thrift Shop

    https://www.facebook.com/Second-Chance-Thrift-Shop-272986209772540/

    6400 E Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234

    (609) 407-2100


    Non-textile Donation Centers:


    Habitat for Humanity of Atlantic County– ReStore at the Shore

    https://www.habitat.org/restores/donate-goods

    6825 Tilton Rd, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234

    (609) 487-9472

     

    Freecycle.org - https://www.freecycle.org/

    Groups located in: Vineland, Millville, Galloway, EHT, Mays Landing, Margate


    Cumberland County Donation Centers


    Community Organizations:


    Bridge the Gap, Inc.

    https://www.facebook.com/bridgethegapcompassionateministry/?ref=page_internal

    44 S. Laurel St. Bridgeton New Jersey 08302

    (856) 455-7900

     

    Freedom Market Thrift Store

    https://www.dwellingplacenetwork.org/freedom-market

    701 N. High St. Millville. NJ

    (856) 300-5342

     

    The Salvation Army Family Store & Donation Center

    https://satruck.org/

    2279 S Delsea Dr, Vineland, NJ 08360

    (856) 213-5692

     

    Salvation Army

    733 E Chestnut Ave, Vineland, NJ 08360

    (856) 696-5050

     

    The Goodwill Store

    https://goodwillnj.org/material-donations/

    1418 N High St, Millville, NJ 08332

    (856) 293-1717


    Thrift Stores:


    Twice Loved Treasures

    https://www.facebook.com/Twice-Loved-Treasures-303520636663278

    20 W Park Avenue Vineland, NJ 08360

    (856) 507-0400

     

    The Treasure Box Thrift Shop

    1370 S Main Rd #5b, Vineland, NJ 08360

    (856) 212-6644

     

    Bear-ly Worn Consignments

    https://www.facebook.com/Bear-ly-Worn-Consignments-158656167562388/about/?ref=page_internal

    3520 S Delsea Drive Vineland, NJ 08360

    (856) 205-9676


    Non-textile Donation Centers:


    ReStore of Cumberland County Habitat for Humanity

    601 S Delsea Drive, Vineland, NJ 08360

    (856)-563-0292

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