Clothing Insecurity On the Rise – Call for Clothing

The Sharing Shelf has issued an emergency call for fall and winter clothing from newborn through youth XL (14/16). Clothing should be in clean, wearable condition ready for immediate distribution. Volunteers are needed to help us sort and organize donations.

The weather is changing and our inbox is flooded with requests for clothing for children and teens county-wide.

Recently released census data shows that childhood poverty is on the rise. That is reflected in demand on our program. We believe that the environmental reuse of excellent condition secondhand clothing can help meet this need together with donations of new clothing from our supporters and overflow from the apparel industry.

The Sharing Shelf uses clothing donations to assemble a Wardrobe Pack – a week’s worth of seasonally appropriate clothing matched into outfits according to a child or teen’s sizing needs. Right now, The Sharing Shelf needs coats and jackets, long sleeve shirts, sweaters and sweatshirts, pants, sweats and jeans, and clean, lightly used shoes, plus new hats and gloves.

We also seek donations of new socks for children, new underwear, diapers and wipes, full-size hygiene products such as sulfate free shampoo and conditioner, soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorant, baby shampoo, baby lotion, diaper cream, and period products. These items are included in the Wardrobe Packs.

Donations are by appointment only. Schedule your drop-off on our website.

Volunteers are also needed to help sort and process incoming donations. To volunteer, fill out the volunteer questionnaire on our website.

For more information, email and put your question in the subject line.