Here are 5 places to pick up lightly worn clothes in the Kalamazoo area


Clean up the closet and get rid of all the excess in your life is SO release. Until … you had to get rid of everything you cleaned out of your closet!

When it comes to donating clothes and shoes, people, at least in my experience, often want to feel like their donation is going to something right. They want to know that it’s helping people, giving to those in need, etc.

With that in mind, there are several places in the Kalamazoo region that focus on helping the less fortunate and can do so through your clothing donation:

1. Kalamazoo Gospel Ministries

Kalamazoo Gospel Ministries accepts lightly used clothing and furniture. Their donation center is located at 524 N Burdick in Kalamazoo and accepts donations during business hours which are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Find their contact details here.

2. Kalamazoo Dream Center

Kalamazoo Dream Center is a volunteer-run organization that accepts both gifts of items and money. They accept lightly worn clothing as well as furniture that can be left during opening hours. They are located at 1122 Portage Street in Kalamazoo and are open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. They also close for lunch from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. If you have large donations, please call (269) 382-4760. Additionally, you can see a list of all other types of items needed here.

3. ChapNaz community wardrobe and diaper depot

ChapNaz offers both free clothing and diapers for those in need. Located in Vicksburg, they are open every 2nd Thursday from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., every 2nd Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., or by appointment. However, these hours apply to access to the community closet. For donations, you must contact Chapman Memorial Church of the Nazarene at 269.649.2392 or online.

4. Sunnyside United Methodist Church

Sunnyside United Methodist Church provides free clothing for those in need with their “Kalamazoo Free Store”. They will accept up to four bags of seasonal clothing every Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 2800 Gull Road in Kalamazoo. However, they cannot accept books, stuffed animals, or furniture donations. Find more information on their website.

5. Portage Community Center

The Portage Community Center, located at 325 E. Center Avenue in Portage, accepts donations of clothing as well as food and personal items. They ask that when deciding what clothes to donate that you take condition and style into account, as they hope to provide beautiful, lightly worn clothes for those in need. As they say on their website,

A good rule of thumb: “If you don’t want to give it to your judging mother-in-law, don’t give it.

Donations are accepted Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

BONUS: Ministry with the community

Ministry With Community is a day shelter and resource center in Kalamazoo, according to their website. They provide services such as access to showers, laundry, meals, etc. As for donations, they cannot accept used items due to hygiene and storage issues. However, if you have new clothes that you would like to donate, you can find more information here.

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And once you’ve taken that clutter away, please consider donating to one of the charities listed above.

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