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Old 11-13-2009, 04:47 AM
 
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I want to donate it to a place that will distribute the clothing.

"Charities" like People Aid are a scam. Purple Heart just sells it to thrift stores. And the list goes on.

I'm thinking of contacting a church as they may know families that are in direct need. Any other ideas?

I live near Tysons Corner and I prefer not to drive more than 10 miles to drop off the clothing.
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Old 11-13-2009, 05:02 AM
 
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St. John the Beloved Catholic Church in McLean (corner of Linway Terrace and Old Dominion) operates a thrift shop that accepts clothing donations. The hours are somewhat limited (they only accept donations when the shop is open), but the prices are low and I've seen lots of people in need shopping there.
St. John Catholic Parish
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Old 11-13-2009, 05:15 AM
 
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I donate my clothes and my daughters clothes and toys directly to a womans shelter. They don't need "old" clothes but gently used things that can be worn for interviews and jobs. They are located throughout the area, but in some cases hard to find with knowing somebody (to protect the women). I think there is also a "dress for success" place around here...where women go to get clothes to start over etc.
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Old 11-13-2009, 05:55 AM
 
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I donate my clothing to the Lupus Foundation in DC. They have their own "thrift" store so it doesn't get sold out to other thrift stores. I don't have a problem with that. The great thing is that you can schedule your pickup on line and they will come to your house and get it.
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Old 11-13-2009, 09:16 AM
 
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Josephs Coat (http://www.bhnv.org/josephshop.html - broken link) is a thrift shop in Falls Church that distributes/donates funds to Bethany House and other Women and Childrens shelters. I give then all my clothes and Baby things. They are in a shopping mall on Annandale and Arlington Blvd.
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Old 11-13-2009, 09:19 AM
 
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I also donate to the Lupus Foundation, since my mother passed away from complications from lupus. They pick up every couple of months, as Christine said, so it's very easy.

But if you have women's business clothing, these places are great because they help women transition from welfare or unemployment into jobs where they need business-type clothes:

Home - Dress for Success

Suited for Change

I hadn't heard of this group but just found it online:
Annandale VA: Troubled teens find sanctuary at Alternative House
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Old 11-13-2009, 12:40 PM
 
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Yankeefan,

The Alternative House is perfect. I just called them and they do not sell the clothing
in any way, they distribute it to the people in need. They have troubled teens and young mothers so they take both men's and women's clothing.

http://www.thealternativehouse.org/index.htm

P.S. Go Angels!
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Old 11-13-2009, 02:26 PM
 
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I think you deserve a little "halo" for looking into that so quickly. Glad it worked out.
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Old 11-15-2009, 08:12 PM
 
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ECHO Index
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Old 11-16-2009, 08:33 AM
 
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ECHO is a fantastic operation with wonderful volunteers. We donate food there regularly through our church and school.
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