OUR PROGRAMS

What We Do

The Sharing Shelf was founded in 2009 to address clothing insecurity and meet the basic material needs of low-income children and teens in Westchester County.

We are committed to the whole child, from birth through age 19, and provide a week’s worth of seasonally appropriate clothing together with essentials including diapers for infants and toddlers, toiletry kits, period products, new socks, new underwear and school supplies.

If you know a child or teen that needs our assistance, let us know!

The Sharing Shelf was founded in 2009 to address clothing insecurity and meet the basic material needs of low-income children and teens in Westchester County. We are committed to the whole child, from birth through age 19, and provide a week’s worth of seasonally appropriate clothing together with essentials including diapers for infants and toddlers, toiletry kits, period products, new socks, new underwear and school supplies. If you know a child or teen that needs our assistance, let us know!

Clothing Bank

Results

Our Clothing Bank is stocked with new and excellent condition used clothing donated by people like you. We provide a Wardrobe Pack – a week’s worth of seasonally appropriate clothing matched to a child’s sizing needs. Each Wardrobe Pack contains age-appropriate essentials like new socks, underwear or diapers, a toiletry kit filled with full-sized hygiene items and, for menstruating individuals, a period kit with a 3 month supply of pads.

Thank You To Our In-Kind Supporters!

Teen Boutique

Results

Teen Boutique is a series of free shopping boutiques held in partnership with area schools, nonprofits and community organizations for teens living in poverty or low-income homes. The goal of Teen Boutique is two-fold: to provide a unique, empowering experience to build confidence and self-esteem while providing teens with needed clothing, shoes, accessories, and basic material necessities in a respectful, accessible manner.

Thank You To Our Teen Boutique Sponsors And Supporters!

Backpacks To School

Results

Every child and teen deserves to start the school year prepared and ready to learn. Each summer, we buy backpacks and fill them with school supplies for pre-K through high school students. We receive school supply lists from teachers and work with social workers, public school administrators, government agencies, other non-profits, and community groups to provide backpacks for children and teens in need.

Thank You To Our In-Kind Supporters!

Toiletries

Results

We provide infants, children, and teens with essential hygiene products they need to keep clean and feel good about themselves. The pandemic closures in March and April 2020 revealed that many individuals and families live on the edge of economic survival. The loss of income meant they could no longer afford daily essentials like a bar of soap, a tube of toothpaste or a bottle of shampoo. We collect diapers, full-sized toiletries, and period products year-round and engage volunteers in the community to assemble and donate hygiene kits and organize diaper drives.

Period Products

Results

The Sharing Shelf provides period products to each menstruating girl we serve.We add these items to their bag plus a new pack of underwear. Unfortunately SNAP benefits, commonly known as food stamps, do not cover period products. While New York State passed a law excluding these items from sales tax, low-income teens and women must still purchase these monthly necessities using their limited resources. We also support food pantries and community groups and provide period products for their clients. We accept donations of tampons, pads and mini-pads.

Thank You To Our In-Kind Supporters!

Diapers

Results

SNAP benefits, better known as food stamps, do not cover the purchase of diapers and few food pantries provide this expensive item. The lack of diapers forces low-income parents to make a difficult choice with their limited income.

Babies and toddlers are often left in soiled diapers for long periods of time, leading to discomfort, diaper rash, and can potentially lead to other negative health consequences. We proudly work in partnership with Westchester County’s Diaper Bank to help meet this critical need. We accept donations of new diapers, including open packages, as well as wipes. Demand is most acute for sizes 4, 5, and 6 and Pull-ups in sizes 2T and larger. To see our most current needs, visit our Target registry.

Coats To School

Results

We launched this program in Fall 2021 after social workers in Westchester County expressed concern about their children and teens not having a warm coat for the winter months. They saw children and teens arriving to school in sweatshirts which is not enough for the brutal winter weather here in New York.

We provide schools with an inventory of winter coats in a range of sizes for their students. Schools in Westchester can click here to apply.

we care

Our Environmental Impact

The Sharing Shelf’s mission reduces the carbon impact of clothing on the environment while recognizing and meeting a basic human need.

The clothing sector creates an increasing quantity of waste: 92 million tons of global fashion went to landfills in 2015, an amount projected to increase 62% by 2030. Researchers advocate that textile products be used as long as possible; simply extending the life of apparel by 3 months reduces its carbon and water footprint by 5–10%. Reusing two million tons of clothing per year is equivalent to the removal of one million cars.

WE’RE HERE TO HELP

Need Our Assistance?

The Sharing Shelf supports nonprofits, schools, hospitals and community organizations who work with infants, children or teens living in poverty, or with their families who are clothing insecure.

WE’RE HERE TO HELP

Need Our Assistance?

The Sharing Shelf supports nonprofits, schools, hospitals and community organizations who work with infants, children or teens living in poverty, or with their families who are clothing insecure.