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Champaign County free clothing closets, furniture banks and school supplies.

There are several free clothing banks in the Champaign County area. They offer a wide range of goods to low income families, including furniture, appliances, general wear clothes, diapers, and more. There are also some of the centers which focus on single or new moms or that give students free school supplies. There are also services for senior citizens and children that pass out free winter clothes including coats, clothing items job seekers, the unemployed and others. Therefore, each of the free clothing banks is focused on addressing a certain need in the community.

The hours of each charity is limited, so anyone in need should call in advance. There are also limited supplies that depend on donations. In general, the Champaign County clothing closets provide free stuff on a first come and served basis. Once the supplies are gone no one else can be helped until more items come in. However, they still may be able to give referrals to:

(1) financial aid programs.
(2) food pantries.
(3) thrift stores for free or low-cost furniture.
(4) other non-monetary assistance programs or even government aid.
Call a location below to learn more. Or to apply for clothes, furniture, free school backpacks or book bags, and other supplies.

Birthright International - Champaign County
201 W. Springfield Avenue, Suite 206 Huntington Towers
Champaign, Illinois 61820
Main phone - 217-351-7744
They focus on new parents, babies, infants, and pregnant women. The charity has free maternity and baby clothes. There are also pregnancy tests, information on free medical care, WIC vouchers, and other aid.

Empty Tomb, Inc.
301 N. Fourth Street
Champaign, IL 61825-2404
Main number is 217-356-2262
There is a “clothing room”, which gives work or school clothes, hygiene supplies, and household goods. In addition, free diapers and infant layette sets are offered. Or students in local school can get the free supplies they need.




Restoration Urban Ministries
Address is 1213 Parkland Court
Champaign, IL 61821
Main number is 217-355-2662
This charity has a free furniture bank. There may also be clothes, appliances, household goods, free backpacks for students, kitchen supplies and many other items. Donations are collected then provided to the needy in the Champaign County region.

Salt and Light
1512 W. Anthony Drive
Champaign, Illinois 61821
Main number is 217-355-5654
There is a low-cost thrift store. Very low-income families or single moms may qualify for a free voucher. There is clothes, birthday or Christmas gifts, beds, kitchen tables, coaches, and much more. Basic furniture for a new home or apartment may be given out too.

Salvation Army of Champaign County
Main address is 2212 N. Market Street Red Shield Center
Champaign, IL 61822
For hours of the store and emergency financial aid, dial 217-373-7832
Many assistance programs are offered. There are grants to pay bills or rent. A free clothing closet gives year-round attire, and a winter jacket donation is for kids. There are also free Christmas gifts from Angel Tree, food boxes, Meals on Wheels, work or job interview clothing items, back to school supplies and much more. Continue with Salvation Army assistance programs Champaign County.

Scot Free Clothing Exchange
Location is 809 S. Fifth Street McKinley Foundation
Champaign, IL 61820
Main number is 217-344-0297

Fair Hope Children's Ministry
Main location is 908 May Street
Danville, IL 61832
The charity also provides assistance in Champaign County. Services include newborn layettes, free gently used children's clothing; reading books; winter hats, scarves, and mittens. There is also a summer and fall month free back to school backpacks, uniforms and school supplies.





It Takes a Village
The address is 601 E Main St
Mahomet, Illinois 61853
Main number (217) 766-3955
Various supplies may be offered. Shoes, sneakers, some gently used furniture including beds, winter coats for kids or the elderly and much more.

Community Service Center of Northern Champaign County
Main office is at 520 E. Wabash Avenue, Suite 1
Rantoul, IL 61866
Up to 3 free outfits given per year from this poverty fighting group. There are also grants to pay bills, gasoline vouchers, job training programs and other support given along with the clothes. The non-profit may have referrals to free cribs, free car seats, and even formula


By Jon McNamara

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