Resources

List of Acceptable Materials

Even clothes and textiles which are no longer wearable or useable can still be donated! Rather than putting them in the trash, they can be brought to a donation bin. Please CLICK HERE for a site near you. The following items can be donated in any condition (torn, worn, stained, missing buttons, broken zippers, shoes without matches, etc.) as long as they are clean, dry, and odorless:

Recycling Clothes, Restoring Lives®

Donations of clothing, shoes, and accessories can be made at one of our 400+ distinctive red bins. These donations go directly to our ministry center where proceeds are used to feed the poor and homeless, and to maintain and expand our ministry. Processing donated goods have become our most cost-effective fundraiser.

Hearts for the Homeless donation bin

Footwear (Single or in pairs)

Shoes

Heels

Flats

Sandles

Flip flops

Boots (work, dress, winter)

Sneakers

Cleats

Slippers

Linens

Sheets

Blankets

Towels

Curtains/Drapes

Aprons

Dish cloths

Cloth napkins

Table linens

Comforters

Placemats

Accessories

Hats

Bags (purses, backpacks)

Belts

Gloves

Ties

Scarves

Bathrobes

Other

Stuffed animals

Halloween costumes

Wedding dresses

Clothing

Tops (T-shirts, blouses, shirts, tank tops)

Sweaters

Sports jerseys

Sweatshirts

Dresses

Outerwear (coats, jackets, blazers)

Bottoms (pants, jeans, sweatpants, skirts, shorts)

Suits

Socks

Pajamas

Slips

Bras

Underwear

Not Accepted

Anything Dirty

Anything Damp

Anything With An Odor

Life Cycle of Donated Textiles

Life cycle of clothing donated to Hearts for the Homeless
Textile waste in the western New York region

National & State Resources