At WriteBrain we have a passion for the clients we serve and the communities we live in. We are always asking the question, “how can we use our expertise (storytelling) to better serve the city we love?” Our new blog series, Explore & Adore DSM, does just that. We will highlight some of the unique ways you can experience and appreciate Greater Des Moines, starting with a look at charitable avenues.
As you start back-to-school shopping, it’s time to take a look in the closet and decide which of your children’s old clothing needs to go. Try putting them to good use through donations. There are many local families in need of gently-used clothes in good condition for their kids. Please make sure your clothes aren’t damaged, stained or incomplete.
Most of you probably know about Goodwill and the Salvation Army, organizations focused on benefiting low-income families through thrift stores and donations. But if you don’t know where your nearest location is, here are a couple of links: Goodwill I Salvation Army
We wanted to give you some organizations you may not know. Here are eight places to donate children’s clothing in the Greater Des Moines region.
The HCI Giving Tree is a thrift store run by HCI Care Services, a nonprofit home care and hospice service. All sales in the store go toward programs and services benefiting patients in HCI Care Services.
The store accepts gently-used clothing and prefers donations be dropped off in the back of the building. For large donations that can be tough to drop off, call 515-270-2414 for potential assistance from the organization.
The Clothes Closet in Johnston is operated by community volunteers and gives underprivileged families in the school district access to much-needed clothing items. It’s open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. The Clothes Closet is closed when the school district closes or if there is inclement weather.
A partnership of churches and community organizations in the Southeast Polk region, Caring Hands Outreach Center provides food, clothing and household items to those in need. Children’s clothing items are always in demand, especially around the July and August months.
You can donate your clean and gently-used clothes at the Caring Hands Outreach Center at the address above.
Run by West Des Moines Human Services, which has been helping low-income, elderly and disabled community members since 1979, the West Des Moines Clothing Closet is available to eligible residents in West Des Moines, Clive, Urbandale and Windsor Heights. While the organization has a different need every month, they take in any donations.
You can drop off your clothes between 8 a.m. or 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.
Bidwell Riverside Center: 1203 Hartford Avenue, Des Moines
The Bidwell Clothing Pantry gives clothing to families in need free of charge. Items must be clean and in good condition or they may not be accepted. Donations can be left at the back door of the food and clothing pantry from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday.
While the Urbandale Clothing Pantry isn’t accepting donations at this time — its space is under construction and at max capacity — keep it in mind for the future. It anticipates to have more space for donations in August.
The clothing pantry is a student-run, nonprofit business operated by the Urbandale Community School District. Donations are given to families in need for free. Clothing is accepted from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. The school requests you call 515-457-6800 to schedule a time to drop off your donations.
Helping Hand, located in Warren County, aims to assist low-income residents in the community. It’s an all-volunteer organization and provides clothing and household items at no cost, as well as a food pantry.
Make your donation during their business hours: Tuesday 12:30-2:30 p.m. and Thursday and Saturday 9-11 a.m.
Located in the newly named Outreach Center — it was previously called the St. Mary’s Family Center — the Catholic Charities strives to help families in the metro area and beyond. The charity has an emergency family shelter and sometimes has a need for children’s clothes.
The organization takes in many different items and encourages you to call to find out if it is currently accepting clothing donations: 515-244-3761.