Donate Clothing

How-to Collect and Donate Clothing for the Homeless

Our guests experiencing homelessness are in need of clean clothing all year. We collect seasonally appropriate adult-sized items and distribute them from our cafe and share them with partner shelters. Due to limited storage space, we cannot accept any items that are not on the below list. Please contact us before starting a clothing collection at info@blanchethouse.org.

Donate Clothing with Dignity: Being offered dirty or stained clothing can feel humiliating. We all know the embarrassment of wearing a stained shirt, pants with unintentional rips, or dirty shoes. Please consider the dignity of the receiver of your donations. Thank you.

Sign up to Volunteer. We need people 14 years and older on-site to help sort and hand out clothing.

Most Needed Items

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

  • Raincoats and foldable ponchos. All adult sizes. Small umbrellas. (Seasonal)
  • Women’s and men’s jeans. No tears or holes. Sizes 30 – 34.
  • Sweatpants. All adult sizes.
  • Outdoor jackets. All adult sizes. (Seasonal)
  • Socks. All adult sizes.
  • Underwear. All adult sizes.
  • Baseball hats and sun hats for summer. (Add to a care kit!)
  • Blankets and sleeping bags.
  • Tents and tarps.
  • Backpacks.
  • Outdoor boots and sneakers. All adult sizes. Size 10-12 are MOST requested.
  • Rechargeable lanterns.

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

Purchase Items from our Amazon Wish List

Buy new items like blankets, hats, socks, t-shits, ponchos, coats, and more from our Amazon wish list. The items will be shipped directly to Blanchet House at 310 NW Glisan, Portland, OR, 97209. If you use Amazon Smile a portion of the sale will be donated to Blanchet House.

A volunteer sorts donated clothing at Blanchet House.

How to Hold a Clothing and Items Drive

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:
  • Tents & tarps
  • Socks & underwear
  • Rain ponchos & socks
  • Coats & gloves

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 care and hygiene items. Find out how >>

FAQ

Clothing Drop Off Times

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

Pull up to our entrance, knock on the door to get our attention, and a staff member will retrieve your donation from the car. If you’d like a donation receipt, we can 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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About Blanchet House

Our History: Started in 1952 by a Group of Friends

Some of the founders of Blanchet House of Hospitality in the old kitchen circa 2011.

Some of the founders of Blanchet House of Hospitality in the old kitchen circa 2011.

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