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Free clothing closets, school supplies and furniture Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.

Turn to a free clothing closet, furniture bank or thrift store in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County North Carolina. Find free clothes for general wear, furniture for a new home or apartment, back to school supplies, computers, personal or household stuff and many other items. Most of locations are run by non-profit organizations, charities, or churches.

Vouchers can be provided so low income families or children can obtain free goods, even diapers, beds for kids, or work or school uniforms. Or if you do not qualify for a voucher, then the general public can buy higher quality, but gently used clothes or furniture items from a thrift store or clothing closet.

Donations are always appreciated, and many of the centers rely heavily on stuff from the public. So if you can, please do contribute, and your donations will more than likely be tax deductible. Some of what may sold or given to Charlotte families include free clothing for work or school, hygiene items, shoes, diapers, medical equipment or cleaning products. Gently used furniture may be sold by many of the thrift stores. Some of the non-profits also offer employment serves or career counseling, refer to assistance programs such as places for free coupons or agencies can link people to places that offer more free stuff or social services.

The Crisis Assistance Ministry has an onsite free store
Address - 500 A Spratt St.
Charlotte, NC 28206
Telephone - (704) 371-3001
A clothing as well as furniture bank is also available. This is one of Mecklenburg’s leading non-profits, and the center provides free or low priced clothing, school items, books, shoes, small basic furniture and other household items for free to individuals and families in need of assistance.

Dress for Success Charlotte
Location - 202 E. Woodlawn Rd., Ste 104
Charlotte, NC 28217
Telephone - (704) 525-7706
This agency can help people transition into the workforce by offering them free professional work attire. Career counseling is offered too. Services offered include one new suit for a job interview and a second suit when the client gets the job.




Some of the other items offered include skirt suits, undergarments, pant suits; blouses; scarves; unworn pantyhose and purses/briefcases.  The organization and its case managers can direct clients to local employment services, education programs, or training in Mecklenburg County. If you donate to this organization you may really be helping a family obtain employment. Or read more about free job training programs in North Carolina.

Jackson Park Ministries
Address - 5415 Airport Dr.
Charlotte, North Carolina 28208
Call (704) 392-4981
Services include a Children's Clothing Ministry. They are open on Monday's and Wednesday's from 9:45 to Noon. Shoes, belts, winter hats, free book bags or uniforms for students and other supplies are given to children of low income households.

C. U. P. Ministry
Address: 1201 E. 36th St.
Charlotte, NC 28205
Telephone - (704) 331-4806
The charity provides free food and clothing to the bound, the working poor, homeless, and those going through a crisis. Children and students may get a backpack or school supplies. Christmas and holiday assistance can be available as well, and can include toys, gifts, or even meals.

Mooresville/Lake Norman Christian Mission
266 North Broad St.
Mooresville, North Carolina 28115
Phone (704) 664-2357
Serves people regardless of religion. Offers Economic Self Sufficiency Programs, Clothing Banks, and even electric bill help.





GATE Pregnancy Resource Center
Main address is 3824 Hwy 49 South
Harrisburg, NC 28075
Telephone number - (704) 455-5200
Offers baby and maternity clothing, diapers, formula, and services such as pregnancy testing and counseling. Parents can also get referrals to medical care.

Harvest Center
1800 Brewton Dr.
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 335-1616

Lydia's Loft
Main address - 203 N. Old Statesville Rd.
Huntersville, NC 28078
Phone - (704) 896-0471
Runs a general clothing provision.

Goodwill Retail Store @ Weddington - Goodwill Industries
There are several locations in Mecklenburg County, as listed below. Buy items such as furniture, clothing, personal hygiene items, household goods and more. Appliances and home furnishings may be offered. The working poor, homeless, unemployed, and low income can receive help. Goodwill provides low cost clothing, furniture and other household goods as well. People over 55 years of age can receive a special discount on certain days of the week.

  • Address - 2515 Plantation Center Dr., Matthews, NC 28105, Call (704) 814-7477
  • 19710 Kunkleman Dr., Cornelius, North Carolina 28031, (704) 987-1920
  • 3710 W. W.T. Harris Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28269, telephone (704) 597-1776
  • 1909 Sardis Rd. N., call (704) 841-8600
  • 2901-A Freedom Dr., Charlotte, North Carolina 28208, telephone number is (704) 394-6017

Northeast Seventh-Day Adventist Church Clothing Bank and Food Pantry
Address: 827 Tom Hunter Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28215
(704) 921-6342
A wide variety of stuff may be offered for the elderly, disabled, single moms and others. Clothes for work or free school items, food boxes, kitchen supplies and more.





Community Service Center - Berean Seventh Day Adventist Church
1332 Oaklawn Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28206
Telephone number - (704) 377-4741
The center runs a clothing closet, food pantry, and can help with prescription medication refills and some limited bills. In addition, free toys/baskets for children at Christmas or birthday can be offered for those who are not receiving assistance at the Salvation Army.

Ada Jenkins Center - Free furniture bank and Clothing closet
Locattion is 212 Gamble St
Davidson, NC 28036
Call (704) 896-0471 for hours.
Household furniture, free stuff for an apartment or house, lamps, appliances and more may be provided. They support the greater Charlotte region.

Beds for Kids
Location is 2519 S Tryon St
Charlotte, NC
(980) 422-1192
This free furniture bank gives out much more than beds. There is other furniture for kids, single moms, and parents. Desks, cribs, lamps, chairs TV stands, and more may be provided, however the focus is on free beds and related items.

  • Another location is at 1800 Camden Rd. Suite 107-17, Charlotte, North Carolina 28203. This is a non-profit furniture bank that has free beds for kids and many other items. The goal is to help furnish the bedroom - house of a low income family with kid(s), including single moms or dads. Get lamps, dressers, kitchen tables, computers for kids (students), dressers, mattresses and more. The focus is on the bedroom set for children.

Family Store – Mecklenburg Salvation Army
There are multiple locations, but the main address - 1011 Central Ave.
Charlotte, North Carolina 28204
Call (704) 332-1171
A clothing closet, case management, and other social services are administered. A general furniture and clothing resources are offered. They also operate a free school supply assistance programs, food pantry, pass out clothes for work or school, and more. The thrift store sells gently used furniture and other goods. Another corps center is at 11328 E. Independence Blvd., Matthews, NC 28105, call (704) 814-7031. Or find more details on Salvation Army Mecklenburg County.







Back Porch Treasures
Main address is 119 N. Ames St.
Matthews, North Carolina 28105
(704) 847-8383
Operates a thrift shop for the community. Furniture, books, DVDs, electronics, tables, linens, birthday toys, school notebooks or bags, and hundreds of other goods may be sold.

By Jon McNamara

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