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Buncombe, Polk and Henderson County free furniture, back to school supplies and clothing closets.

There are several free clothes closets, furniture and clothing banks in the greater Asheville region. The centers offer items including free school supplies, year round general attire as well as winter clothes, household items, and more. There are also free furniture banks to help low income families furnish their home or apartments with kitchen items, appliances, beds, family room furniture and more.

Most of the locations operate as non-profits or charities and offer support to low to moderate income families in Henderson, Buncombe, and Polk County. Everything provides, such as clothing, hygiene items, diapers, furniture, and free school supplies as well as uniforms, are the result of donations.

When applying, bring proof of income, residency, and need. There will be a screening process in place, and based on the results, the clothing closet will try to provide what is needed. A focus of agencies in the Buncombe and Henderson County is on offering clothes for work or school. They also try to provide furniture for a new home (for the formerly homeless), give free school supplies to kids, and more. Some of the centers, whether in Asheville or not, may even offer financial aid or referrals to resources for new moms, such as cribs or baby supplies. There are other many other free items available. More information is below.

Givens Life Ministries - Baby Equipment and Resource Loan Closet
There are a few locations of this faith based group. They help new moms, babies, and infants. There may be clothes, cribs, equipment, strollers, car seats, maternity clothing and similar goods. The items are loaned out.

  • Abernethy United Methodist Church, 1418 Patton Avenue, Asheville, North Carolina 28806, dial 828-254-2612
  • East Asheville United Methodist Church, 48 Browndale Road, Asheville, NC 28805, dial 828-299-9742
  • Sharon United Methodist Church, Fairview, NC 28730




403 Weaverville Highway
Asheville, North Carolina 28804
Main phone number is 828-259-5303
The charity has emergency clothing, household items, and even free heating oil for keeping a home warm. They also operate a free furniture bank to help low income households.

They also offer students free items for school, including book bags, shoes, and boots. Other basic needs can be provided by the Samaritan Ministry Asheville-Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM) agency. Another free clothing closet is in Arden at 10 Buck Shoals Road, Arden, NC 28704 (dial  828-684-3872) and this one also supports Henderson County.

Another location is at 24 Cumberland Avenue, Asheville, North Carolina 28801. Call 828-259-5300.
For more details on their services and locations, find assistance from ABCCM programs.

Red Door; Church of the Advocate
The poor and homeless can get clothing, winter jackets, blankets, and a hot meal. The free clothing closet is Saturday and Sunday. They can also help clients obtain birth certificate or place the homeless into shelters.

Catholic Social Services
Address is 50 Orange Street
Asheville, North Carolina 28801
The charity supports Buncombe, Polk, and Henderson County and the city of Asheville. There is hygiene items, diapers for single moms, and clothing, including uniforms for kids. Free winter hats, boots, and gloves also keep senior citizens and the very low income warm. Other services include a food box and clothing for adults.





Downtown Welcome Table, Haywood Street Congregation
Buncombe County as well as Asheville residents can get a haircut (if homeless) or clothes. Students can get a cut as well as free supplies for the upcoming year, and elementary age kids can get crayons and more.

Salvation Army - Buncombe County and Asheville
Vouchers are passed out. The client can then use it to acquire clothes for work or school at the thrift store at 91 New Leicester Highway. There are also free school supply drives, food, hot meals, free birthday toys and other resources provided. Get uniforms for school too. More on Salvation Army assistance programs in Asheville.

Foster Adventist Community Services
375 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, North Carolina 28803
Dial (828) 274-2014

Least of These Ministries
Asheville, North Carolina 28801
Main - 904-868-0299

Hominy Valley Crisis Ministry - ABCCM Hominy Valley
Address: 1914 Smokey Park Highway
Candler, North Carolina 28715
The charity support the Enka/Candler school district. Provides emergency pet food, clothing, rent help or clothing, and more. There are also Christmas toys or gifts, cribs or car seats for low income parents, and a back to school supply collection service. It is part of the larger ABCCM network of non-profits referenced above.

Oakley Baptist Church
70 Fairview Avenue
Asheville, North Carolina 28803
Main telephone: 828-274-3221

Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry
101 North Ridgeway Avenue
Black Mountain, NC 28711
Phone: 828-669-9404
The charity combines clothing with financial help. There may also be some basic household items, especially for formerly struggling families that are moving to a new apartment. Everything from gently used beds to tables, kitchen appliances, and more is combined with the clothing closet on site.





Eblen Charities
Address is 50 Westgate Pkwy
Asheville, NC 28806
Main number is (828) 255-3066
Many assistance programs are run. free clothes, furniture, school supplies, Christmas gifts and more. Find beds or kitchen tables, chairs, clothes for work or school, boots and many other items.

Hendersonville Rescue Mission
639 Maple St
Hendersonville, NC 28792
Phone: 828-697-1354
Most of the support is for the homeless, including veterans. Clothes for work or a job interview, meals, and other hygiene type items are supplied. There is also a low cost thrift store on site. There are warm blankets, sleeping bags, and other items too.

Salvation Army of Henderson and Polk Counties
239 Third Avenue East
Hendersonville, North Carolina 28792
Free clothes are offered at most twice per year. There is also food, holiday programs, on site thrift stores, and more. Other goods may be for personal hygiene, and include baby wipes or diapers as well as detergent and the like. Children, during the school year, can get tablets, shoes, and other supplies for the upcoming school year.

Hendersonville Seventh-Day Adventist Church
Location is 124 Haynes Street
Hendersonville, North Carolina 28791
A community center and clothing closet are on site. Linens, school or clothes for a job interview, vouchers, and more is provided. Everyone from children to the unemployed or families in poverty can get help.

Interfaith Assistance Ministry
210 Ehringhaus Street
Hendersonville, North Carolina 28793
Phone: 828-697-7029
A Christian church that helps the needy in Henderson County. Clothes for work or school, a free food bank, blankets for the homeless, and other items are given out. Some simple furniture or household items.

Rescue Mission Thrift Store - Clearance Center
624 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28806
828-479-0744 x112
Low cost beds, cribs, furniture, car seats, appliances, and more is for sale. There may also be vintage goods, books, and other formerly donated items sold to local residents. Or receive books for school, birthday or Christmas toys and other goods.





Bethlehem United Methodist Church of Polk County
235 School Road
Mill Spring, North Carolina 28756
Telephone number is 828-551-9686
Clothing is available in all sizes for children as well as adults. There are also free diapers, personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, and even pet food.


By Jon McNamara

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