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Whether you’re moving, getting rid of clutter or just want to do some good, donating clothes and other items to charities like Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island is a great way to give. But going through everything can seem like a daunting task. Fortunately, we here at BBBSLI compiled a quick, simple list of tips on how to donate clothes to guide you from start to finish.

How to Donate Clothes and Used Items: A BBBSLI Guide

Deciding What to Give

Before going through all of your clothes and wares, it’s important to consider what BBBSLI actually does and doesn’t take.

From clothes, shoes and linens to vacuums, computers and luggage, there’s a lot that we take that you might not know. On the other hand, we don’t accept items like mattresses, automobile parts, power tools and other large appliances.

Here’s the entire list of the things that we can and cannot accept.

Box of items to donate

Sorting Through

In terms of how to donate clothes, you have a few options. Unless you have a very specific idea of what you’re donating, you need to go through and determine which items are worth keeping or not.

As a general rule of thumb, you shouldn’t keep anything that you haven’t worn in a year, wouldn’t buy today or have just outgrown. For goods and housewares, try to donate things that you don’t use anymore.

Coats on a rack

Scheduling a Pickup

When all is said and done and you have designated what you are donating. You can start packing everything up. Then, you will be ready to donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island.

You can drop off a donation at one of our many convenient bin locations across Long Island. Or, you can schedule a convenient pickup from wherever you’re located. It’s all about what works best for you!

'You are Here' Point on a Map

Donating Money

If you decide not to give a clothing donation, there are many other ways to help our mission towards fostering enduring, professionally-supported one-to-one relationships with children facing adversity in our community.

For instance, you can also provide a monetary donation or sponsor a BBBSLI event like a golf tournament or bowling night. The point is that there are more ways than one to help us create meaningful matches between children (‘Littles’) and our network of volunteer mentors (‘Bigs’).

Now that you know exactly how to donate clothes to charities like BBBSLI, you are all set to help us continue changing lives and shaping communities through mentorship.



  • April Baum
    May 04, 2019 at 01:04 pm


    Does BBBSLI accept donations for couches and clothes dressers?
    Does it matter what condition the furniture is in?


    • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island
      May 08, 2019 at 09:27 am

      Hello, April! Unfortunately, we are NOT accepting furniture donations at this time.

  • Donna Santucci
    May 05, 2019 at 01:10 pm

    I have an XBOX 360 with a lot of games I would like to donate. Is this something you would like? I also have a lot of board games
    and costumes.

  • Shauna Kargan
    Dec 17, 2019 at 08:52 am

    I live in an apartment building. Will the driver come up to my apartment to take my clothing donations, or do I need to meet the driver in the lobby with the bags of clothing?
    Do the drivers provide receipts?

    • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island
      Dec 17, 2019 at 09:59 am

      Hi, Shauna! When collecting donations in apartment buildings, we usually don’t go any further than the lobby, unless your front door has outside access. Also, drivers sure do provide receipts. Hope that helps! Feel free to fill out a form to schedule your pickup today!

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