Donate Clothing

How-to Collect and Donate Clothing for the Homeless

Our homeless guests are in need of weather-appropriate shoes and clothing all year. We collect seasonally appropriate adult-sized clothing and distribute it from our cafe and share it with partner shelters.

Due to limited staff and storage space, we cannot accept any items that are not on the following list. Please contact us before starting a clothing collection at info@blanchethouse.org.

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Most Needed Items

You can make a difference in someone’s life by donating the following most needed items. Please only donate clean and usable items. We are unable to wash or repair clothing.

  • Adult-sized raincoats and foldable ponchos.
  • Men’s underwear. All sizes (boxer briefs preferred.)
  • Women’s underwear. All sizes.
  • Men’s jeans. Sizes 30 – 34.
  • Men’s shoes. Sizes 10 – 12.
  • Sweatpants. All sizes.
  • Emergency blankets.
  • Sleeping bags.
  • Tents.
  • Backpacks.
  • Rolling suitcases.


Please note:
We do not accept children’s clothing, business attire/suits, housewares, linens/pillows/towels, or books.

Purchase Items from our Wish List

Buy new items like hats, socks, ponchos, coats, and more from our updated Amazon wish list. The items will be shipped directly to Blanchet House. If you use Amazon Smile a portion of the sale will be donated to Blanchet House too! Email us at info@blanchethouse.org so we know to expect your order and can send you a receipt.

How to Hold a Clothing Drive

First, email or call us for ideas on what to collect and let us know when you plan to drop it off. It’s best to ask your donors to give specific items like:
  • Socks and underwear
  • Rain ponchos and socks
  • Coats

Sew or Knit Scarves and Hats

We accept adult-sized handmade warm weather items to give out to our meal guests on cold days. Drop off information below.

Make Care Kits

Pack a plastic bag with the most needed seasonal items. Find out how >>

FAQ

Clothing Drop Off Times

Clothing can be dropped off Mon-Sat, at 310 NW Glisan St. from 8:00 – 10:30 am and 1:30 – 4 pm. Please avoid dropping off during meal services.

Pull up to our entrance, leave your items in the car, knock on the door to get our attention, and a staff member will retrieve your donation. If you’d like a donation receipt, we will provide one. You can also call us at 503-241-4340 or email info@blanchethouse.org.

Not in the Portland metro area? You can support our guests by purchasing items from our Amazon wish list. They will be shipped directly to Blanchet House. If you would like to collect or donate clothing for people in your town call your local shelters, religious centers, or charity kitchens.

 

Questions? Email us at info@blanchethouse.org

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