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Free clothes, back to school supplies and furniture in Columbia and Richland County.

Richland County families can turn to free clothing closets as well as furniture banks for free stuff as well as material assistance. Based on inventory there will be supplies ranging from general use clothes to school supplies, free furniture for a home, uniforms for work, baby items, diapers and more. The volunteer run clothing closets help the low income, underemployment, and working poor in the Columbia area. All of the free stuff which will be donated.

The main agencies to call and apply at are below. The list includes both free furniture as well as clothing banks. Clients include:

-Single moms or dads seeking free or affordable clothes for their kids.
-Students who need school supplies, shoes, or backpacks.
-Senior citizens in Columbia who live on a fixed income.
-The disabled and others…any low income family can get free stuff for them or their family..

If clothes are not available then vouchers or referrals may be given. In general, there will be some form of giveaway from a local charity in Richland County that can provide free items, clothing, birth toys or school supplies, and other goods to needy families. There may also be free seasonal programs for Christmas gifts or Easter baskets.

Daybreak Ministries
Address is 1601 St. Julian PL
Columbia, South Carolina 29204
(803) 771-6634
Most items are for new parents. The non-profit may have diapers, free baby and maternity clothing, formula, and more. Classes are also offered for new moms and WIC vouchers can pay for formula.

God's Storehouse
Address is 1731 Risley RD
Columbia, South Carolina 29223
Main number is (803) 691-1622
Call to apply for free items. This can include clothing for work or school, baby supplies, cribs, and more. Some furniture for a home or apartment, like a bed or couch, may be offered too. Sizes of clothes are for adults, children, and people of all ages.




Cooperative Ministry
3821 W Beltline
Columbia, SC 29204
Phone: (803) 799-3853
A general furniture provision is available with beds, couches, tables, and more. There are also free automobiles, clothes, hygiene supplies, financial aid, and budget classes. A wide variety of assistance programs are available at this Richland County charity.

Birthright of Columbia
Location of clothing bank - 1405 Gregg ST
Columbia, South Carolina 29205
(803) 765-0165
Services include free baby wipes, diapers, legal aid, clothes, pregnancy testing, baby wipes and clothes, and other supplies.

The Pressley House
3710 Humphrey Drive
Columbia, SC 29223
(843) 755-4673

Power In Changing - Diaper Bank
1407 Elmwood Ave
Suite D Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 281-0013





Catholic Charities Churches of the Midlands- Clean of Heart Program
Main address is 1219 Laurel St
Columbia, SC 29201
Main number is (803) 399-9654
The free clothing closet runs on Tuesdays. Sneakers, jeans, belts, slacks, and more is offered. Continue with Churches in Columbia assistance programs.

The Salvation Army of Columbia
Family Service Center: 3024 Farrow RD
Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 765-0260
Low income families can get financial assistance, vouchers for the Family Store, food, free school supplies (bags, shoes, hats, pens, etc.), and other stuff as well as case management. School uniforms, free backpacks, and other supplies are for kindergarten to high school students.

Alston Wilkes Society - Richland
3519 Medical Drive
Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 799-2490
Ex-prisoners can get professional work attire, suits, and job placement programs.

The Compass Community Development Corporation
1234 St. Andrews Road
Columbia, SC 29210
(803) 200-2035
Most of the assistance is around employment. There is free clothes for work, dresses, suits, and belts. Other services include tutoring, personal hygiene, food and household items too.

Sharing God's Love
Location of the charity: 147 Friarsgate Boulevard
Irmo, SC 29063
Telephone: (803) 732-3188
Financial aid, free prescription glasses, clothes, household supplies, and items for school age kids.





NorthStar Storehouse
711 Longtown Road
Columbia, SC 29229
(803) 736-9250
A free clothing closet and food pantry are on site that give out free stuff. They also have a small free furniture bank for kitchen supplies, tables, beds for kids, and more.

By Jon McNamara

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