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Free clothes, school supplies and furniture banks Berks County.

Find help from clothing closets across the greater Berks County region. The locations in the region will combine basic goods such as free or low cost gently used clothes and furniture with back to school supplies as well as social services and referrals to financial aid. There are several agencies in the region that families can call upon for assistance.

Not only may a single parent receive support such as diapers or maternity clothes, but people seeking a job can be given professional work attire such as suits, slacks, and similar goods. There are also some seasonal programs run by the clothing closets, including the collection of back to school supplies for children and students during the summer and fall months. The thrift stores as well as furniture banks in Reading as well as Berks County are the places to try for furniture as well as household goods.

Berks Counseling Center – Workwear program
Address is 645 Penn Street
Reading, PA, 19601
Main phone - 610-898-1262
For people looking to re-enter the job market in Berks County, there may be clothing (including for an interview) and referrals to job training as well. Tools, equipment, slacks, suits, work boots and more may also be passed out.

Lifeline of Berks County
Address is 612 Reading Avenue
West Reading, Pennsylvania, 19611
Programs include baby clothes, diapers, information on medical insurance, maternity clothing and more. There is also details on low income housing in the region. Some basic furniture, such as a car seat or crib, may be offered in some instances.

Kennedy House - Thrift Shop
532 Spruce Street
Reading, Pennsylvania, 19602
Call 610-378-1947
Books, beds, educational or school supplies, computers, lights, TV, and much more is available for sale. In a crisis, some free stuff may be given out.




Life's Choices
443 West Main Street
Kutztown, PA, 19530
Dial 610-683-8000
In limited cases there may be material items for new parents in Berks County.

Bridge of Hope- Berks County
Clothing closet address is 300 Church Street
Reading, PA, 19601
There may be free small pre-school clothes or supplies. There is also items for working poor or low income women in Berks County. Some elementary age students can also be given clothes, books, lunch boxes, backpacks, and other free school items.

City Thrift Shop
314 Penn Street
Reading, PA, 19602
Vouchers may be used in some cases for free clothing. Winter coats, boots, hats, and more can be passed out, and are always in high demand.

Community Action
The focus on employment, education, and job training. The Berks County non-profit has everything from scholarships to information on free school supplies, clothes for work, interview assistance and even bus tokens. More on Community Action in Berks County.





Berks County Keystone Soldiers
130 Redner Way
Leesport, Pennsylvania, 19533
Assistance is for veterans or their spouses. The non-profit clothing closet may have baby items, furniture, general clothing, free birthday gifts, and Christmas toys too.

The Salvation Army of Reading
301 South Fifth Street
Reading, PA, 19602
The main service is Coats for Kids. There may be free gently used winter coats for adults, children, and the elderly. There is also a thrift store and emergency financial aid from the charity. Another resource is the annual free back to school supply event, which gives out book bags, books, shoes, uniforms, and more. Christmas and birthday toys may also be offered. Some gently used furniture may be offered.
Salvation Army of Boyertown is also an option. This site may also have back to school supplies. The address is 409 South Reading Avenue, Boyertown, PA, 19512. Dial 610-367-4089. More on Salvation Army assistance programs in Berk County.

New Journey United Methodist Church
Address is 138 South Sixth Street
Reading, PA, 19602

Hope Outlet Store
645 North Sixth Street
Reading, PA, 19601
For hours, dial 610-375-4224
The location has pre-owned goods. There may be appliances, furniture in good, usable condition, clothes, and more.

Boyertown Area Multi-Service Clothing Closet
Address is 200 West Spring Street
Boyertown, PA, 19512
Phone: 610-367-6957
Basic goods, including Christmas toys, presents, and other items are available. Shoes, belts, bookbags or backpacks for students, free work or school uniforms, and other items may be offered too.

Friend Inc. Clothing Center and Community Services
658 D Noble Street
Kutztown, PA, 19530
Referrals are provided.

Spring Valley Church of God
Address - 2727 Old Pricetown Road
Temple, PA, 19560
Main phone - 610-929-7969
A free clothing closet and food pantry.





Mercy Community Crisis Pregnancy Center
105 South Fifth Street
Reading, PA, 19602
Main phone - 610-376-0828

American Red Cross
701 Centre Avenue
Reading, Pennsylvania, 19601
They only provide help in a Disaster. Assistance includes shoes, food, clothes, toiletry, eyeglasses, and shelter among other support.


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