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Free clothing closets, furniture banks and back to school supplies in Cameron and Hidalgo County.

Several non-profits, churches, charity clothing closets and furniture banks provide free stuff. The centers on the so called tip of Texas provide gently used goods, clothes, furniture such as a bed, school supplies or backpacks and items to the needy. While the thrift stores are generally open to anyone from the counties of Cameron, Hidalgo, Willacy, or Starr, the clothing closets as well as furniture banks will generally only give free items to the less fortunate and low income.

The specifics of each organization will vary. Some locations will have clothing items for work or school. Other sites may have maternity goods, diapers, desks or bedroom sets or provide free Christmas toys and gifts. Some have appliances too. Not only do the specifics of each organization and program vary, but the clothing closets as well as furniture banks also rely on donations from the community so the support they provide could end from time to time. More on free appliances for low-income households.

The main centers in the area are below. It is recommend to call for hours as they will be limited. Also, if a clothing closet or store is not near you, then referrals may always be available to additional locations in Hidalgo or Cameron Texas.

The government of the County Of Cameron Texas
9901 California Road
Brownsville, Texas 78521
Main phone number is 956-831-1506
This sites doesn’t run a distribution center, but what they do is provide a free clothing drive which is available to the larger community on different dates throughout the year. That drive may then have free clothes or household items.

Marine Toys For Tots Foundation
Harlingen, TX 78550
The operates in all of the counties. It offers children from qualified low income families with a free toy or gift so that they can experience the joy of Christmas and the holidays. The program partners with local Toy R Us stores as well, which collect donations.




Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley - There are several locations of this charity and its partner churches. They are noted below, with furniture banks and clothing centers as well. A number of social services are administered, including referrals, food, limited financial aid, and personal goods. This can include clothing type items, blankets for the homeless, school items and more.

There may be free small household furniture items, maybe even appliances. A focus is also on veterans and those that served in Iraq and Afghanistan. There are sites in Hidalgo and other counties too.

  • 700 North Virgen de San Juan Boulevard, San Juan, Texas 78589, call 956-702-4088
  • 955 West Price Road, Brownsville, TX 78520, call 956-541-0220

The Cameron County Salvation Army
Address - 201 East Monroe Street
Harlingen, Texas 78550
As resources allow, has emergency assistance including clothing. The site may provide furniture assistance only for fire cases. Other programs include Christmas gifts and toys, a thrift store, and school supplies. Groceries, rent, and utility help may be offered too.

Rio Grande Habitat For Humanity Thrift Store
Location is 412 West Ash
McAllen, TX 78502
Call 956-686-7455 for details.
The location sells building materials, donated household items, and books.

Salvation Army - Hidalgo County
Main address: 401 South Texas Boulevard, Weslaco, Texas 78596, Telephone: 956-447-1952. A second location is at 1600 North 23rd Street, McAllen, TX 78501, 956-682-1468.
Has furniture and clothing at a low cost from the thrift store. There may be free school supplies for kindergarden to high school students, Chromebooks, backpacks and more. Small furniture bank is also on site, or get general clothes and other free stuff.





Goodwill Industries Of South Texas, Inc.
1765 Ruben Torres Boulevard
Brownsville, Texas 78521
The thrift store provide a wide variety of gently-used and new clothing, house wares, furniture, books, holiday gifts, and more.


By Jon McNamara

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