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Helpful Hints for Long Island Clothing Donations

Did you know Long Islanders throw away 500 million pounds of clothing every year? Often, they dispose of perfectly-good shirts, pants, dresses and suits, which could easily help someone in need. Rather than tossing your old duds next time, you can make a difference by contributing to contribute to Long Island clothing donations, such as Big Brothers Big Sister of Long Island.

How to Prepare for Long Island Clothing Donations

1)      Clean out your Closets

If you would like to donate clothing to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island, first take an inventory of what is stored in your closets, basement or attic. As you sort through your clothing, create a pile for donations and another pile for what you plan to keep.

While sorting, ask yourself these three things:

  • How many of the same item, such as t-shirts or sweaters, do I actually need?
  • Is it wise to hold on to clothes my children have outgrown?
  • Do I really need these clothes that no longer fit me?


2)      Look for what’s Especially Needed

Even though all the Long Island clothing donations we receive are helpful, some items are especially popular with those in need, including:

  • Denim
  • Quality shoes
  • Professional clothing, such as suits
  • Accessories, like belts, jewelry and gloves

As you prepare to donate, give extra thought as to whether you can truly make use of extra quantities of these types of items.

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3)      Prepare the Clothes

Once you have chosen what you would like to donate, it’s time to double-check the condition of the clothing. Before scheduling a pick up, you should ask yourself if you would feel comfortable giving your clothing to a friend or relative.

If you have the time, you might want to clean the clothes. It’s also helpful to sort and label clothing into categories, like shirts or pants, especially if you are making a large donation.

Although we accept less than perfect Long Island clothing donations, tattered apparel is not ideal, because it can cost us money to dispose of them.

Whatever clothing you choose to donate, all net proceed go towards supporting the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island.

What Big Brothers Big Sisters will Accept

  • Clothing
  • Shoes
  • Coats
  • Linens
  • Pots and pans
  • Dishes and glassware
  • And other household items

What BBBSLI cannot Accept

  • Cribs
  • Cars seats
  • Playpens
  • Mattresses or box springs
  • Wheelchairs
  • Food

Big Brother Big Sisters of Long Island’s online scheduling tool allows you to select a pickup date. All you have to do is complete a form located on our website. If the date you requested is not available, please call us at (631) 234-0000, and we will be happy to assist you.

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  • Carolyn Agenjo
    Aug 13, 2017 at 02:46 pm

    I have 4 or 5 large bags of clothing and fabrics to donate – but the items are NOT suitable for actual use as clothing, they are only suitable to be cut up for rags. Do you accept such donations? I don’t want anyone to waste time looking through for usable items. I have a pickup scheduled in West Islip for August 19 but will cancel if you cannot use rag donations.

    • Amy Sledz-Sarin
      Aug 16, 2017 at 08:24 pm

      We do accept your donation. Please keep your scheduled pick up for August 19th. Thank You.

  • Carolyn Moon
    Jan 06, 2018 at 04:02 pm

    Do you accept bolts of fabric? I have many yards of fabric that I don’t want to just throw away. Please let me know before I schedule a pickup.
    I also have clothing that will be included.
    I have some time as your first open pickup date is not until Feb 1, 2018.
    Thank you
    Carol Moon

    • Amy Sledz-Sarin
      Jan 08, 2018 at 09:58 am

      Hi Carol,

      Thank you for reaching out. Please contact our Donation Center by phone at (631) 234-0000 to discuss the details of your donation and they can assist you in scheduling a free pick-up. If you prefer to have them contact you, just reply with the best phone number to reach you during the day.

      Thank you very much for thinking of us for your donation!

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