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Free clothing closets, school supplies and furniture in Sarasota Florida region.

Many residents turn to clothing closets or furniture banks for free stuff. Or there are low-cost items at regional thrift stores. Get free furniture, clothes, kitchen items, appliances, computers and school supplies among other items. The locations may also offer free summer clothes, back to school supplies, diapers, basic furniture, beds and other items to the public.

Non-profits and churches in Sarasota County Florida as well as other nearby counties support hundreds of low income families or children every month. The availability of free or low cost products will change throughout the year and often depend on donations.

In order to receive free clothes, furniture or vouchers, the agencies and centers will have conditions in place that factor in the individual’s income and other criteria. When qualified, some of the other free stuff that may be offered includes home modification equipment for seniors or disabled, telephones or cell units, or Internet service. There are also beds diapers, work uniforms, and free stuff for the elderly or retirees. Children may even receive free gifts or toys at Christmas. Some sites may have financial aid or free food as well. Learn more on free government cell phones.

Other so called thrift stores in Sarasota and Manatee County are open to the general public. They will sell low cost, gently used items such as furniture, household goods, clothing, and personal hygiene supplies. If a certain center or program can’t meet your needs, then referrals are usually offered.

Goodwill Industries Manasota, Inc.
Main address is 8490 N Lockwood Ridge Rd
Sarasota, FL 34243
Call 941-355-2721
This agency offers free school or job interview clothing to those with a hardship, proof or ID, and that can meet other conditions. Referrals are needed. In addition, the non-profit may be able to arrange for furniture and other household goods to those referred by the American Red Cross. This will be for families impacted by a disaster, such as a fire or hurricane.

Friendship Baptist Church Clothing Closet
Location is 5700 Palmer Blvd
Sarasota, Florida, 34232
Call  (941) 371-2301
Free items may be sneakers, shoes, bookbags for students, pants, slacks, and so much more. They help children, students, seniors and the low income in the region.




Mothers Helping Mothers
Address: 5933 North Washington Blvd
Sarasota, FL, 34230
(941) 953-7572
The non-profit offers a wide variety of free or low cost items including baby and children's items such as cribs, car seats, toddler beds, etc., clothing for the family, books, toys and other household items.

Children's Community Clothes Closet/Englewood
The center is at Englewood United Methodist Church
700 E Dearborn St
Englewood, FL 34223
Call (941) 474-5588

Provides new or gently used clothing for needy children in Englewood. This also includes school supplies and uniforms for kindergarten students up to high school. Other free stuff may also be offered for the elderly or disabled.

St Nathaniels Church Thrift Store
Address is 4200 S Biscayne Dr
North Port, FL, 34287
Telephone number is 941-429-5610 or (941) 426-2520
If you need clothing, suits, or dresses for an interview or job, this site may be able to assist.

Second Chance/Last Opportunity
Location is 1933 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Sarasota, FL 34234
Clothing vouchers are passed out. Also may have food and can satisfy other basic needs. There is also a small free furniture bank that may have gently used couches, desks for work, and other goods.

Center of Hope
Clothing closet address is 1214 East Venice Ave
Venice, Florida, 34285
Main number is 941-412-9044
Clothing, Toiletries, Personal Counseling Services, and more is provided.

Goodwill Job Connections - North Port
Main address: 14879 S. Tamiami Trail
North Port, FL 34287
Call (941) 244-5126





Goodwill Store / Good Neighbor Center
1701 East Oak St.
Arcadia, FL 34266
Phone - (863) 491-1445
A thrift store will sell to the general public of DeSoto and Manatee gently used goods. This include clothes, household products, Christmas gifts, birthday toys, school uniforms, and more.

Venice Area Pregnancy Care Center
Location - 301 Bayshore Drive
Venice, FL, 34285
(941) 485-1776
Maternity clothes, formula, cribs, free diapers, and other supplies are provided.

Cinderella's Closet - School Board of Sarasota County
Location is 1445 2nd St.
Sarasota, Florida 34236
Primary phone - 941-361-6440
Students in county schools can get help, ranging from low to moderate income families or immigrants. There are free back to school supplies in Sarasota County. Notebooks, pens, pencils, free school backpacks, scissors, and much more is offered.

Dollar Dynasty, Inc.
1922 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Sarasota, Florida, 34234
Phone -  (941) 955-8091
Free clothing , personal hygiene baskets, school supplies, basic needs for babies and more is available from the clothing center.

Angels Attic
1255 Seeds Avenue
Sarasota Florida 34237
Phone number is 941-266-5139
Clothing, food and furniture may be available to single mothers or anyone in need that qualifies.

School Clothing / School Supply Program
Trinity Church, 4150 S Shade Ave
Sarasota, FL 34231
Phone: (941) 924-7756
This takes places annually. Supplies range from notebooks to book bags, shoes, tablets, pens, pencils, and much more. Students and immigrants can get free school supplies for high school to kindergarten.





Saint Vincent de Paul Sarasota Thrift Store and Furniture Banks
2711 Mall Dr
Sarasota, FL 34231
Phone: (941) 444-9343
When possible, the on site thrift store may have free adult clothing and basic furniture too. They also sell beds, cribs, low cost furniture, kitchen utensils, and much more. This is a free or low cost furniture bank too from this church.

Adventist Community Service Center (Seventh Day Adventist Church)
1603 22nd Street West
Bradenton, FL, 34205
Emergency clothing, food, and household goods are offered.

Catholic Charities - DeSoto County
Address - 1210 East Oak Street
Arcadia, FL, 34266
Basic needs such as clothing, shoes, backpacks, and more are offered, as well as some financial aid for rent or utility bills. A free furniture bank is also on site.

The Salvation Army
Address - 1400 10th St
Sarasota, FL, 34236
(941) 954-4673
A thrift store and clothing closet are on site. Also, free Christmas gifts, school items, and more is offered for children, students, and seniors. The Journey of Hope provides new clothing and/or toys for children from low income families. This is in addition to the financial help. More on Salvation Army in Sarasota County.

2nd Chance/Last Opportunity
Location - 1933 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Sarasota, FL 34234
Call 941-360-8660
Baby items including free clothing, pampers, bottles, and other aid.

SPARCC Treasure Chest - Resale and Consignment Store
Main address is 1426 Fruitville Road
Sarasota, Florida, 34236

Women's Resource Center of Manatee County, Inc.
1926 Manatee Avenue West
Bradenton, FL 34205
Dial (941) 747-6797
Free women's clothing for job interviews and/or the first week of a new job.

Out-Reach Office (Our Daily Bread)
701 18th Ave W
Bradenton, FL 34205
(941) 745-2992
Services includes a free food pantry, soup kitchen, and clothing bank.

One Stop Center - Manatee - Turning Points
701 17th Ave West
Bradenton, FL, 34205

Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church
Main address is 319 South Lee Ave
Arcadia, FL, 34266
Telephone - (863) 494-0320
Programs include Clothing / Household Products, referrals, and information on government benefits.







Nocatee United Methodist Church
2905 59th Street West
Bradenton, Florida, 34209-5594
May be able to obtain and distribute clothing and household items to the low in income and needy.

Arcadia Center for the Needy
161 South Orange Ave
Arcadia, FL, 34266

Friendship Baptist Church
5700 Palmer Blvd
Sarasota, Florida 34232
Dial the clothing closet at 941-371-2301

St. Nathaniels Church
Address - 4200 S Biscayne Dr
North Port, Florida 34287
Main number is 941-429-5610
Also runs a free clothing closet.

Trinity Charities, Inc.
7225 North Lockwood Ridge Rd
Sarasota, FL, 34243
Phone - (941) 351-4347
In addition to basic needs and clothes, may have information for financial aid and support for senior citizens.

Bay Pines Medical Center
10,000 Bay Pines Boulevard
Bay Pines, Florida, 33744
Services include referrals for clothing, transportation, employment training and education, social services and veterans benefits.

Turning Points - Open Door Resource Center / One Stop Center- Turning Points
701 17th Ave West
Bradenton, Florida, 34205
Whether a job seeker or person on interview needs work clothes, or a student needs free school supplies for the upcoming year, this Sarasota County non-profit may assist.

Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County
1750 17th St
Sarasota, FL 34234
Dial (941) 373-7070
Get information on clothing, housing, nutrition, holiday programs, professional work attire and other support. New parents can get furniture such as cribs, free car seats, beds, maternity clothes and more.

St. Martin De Porres Ministry
Post Office Box 151
Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
Dial 941-778-3858
Basic needs, including donated furniture, clothing, beds, linen, pots and pans are distributed to those who need them.

Caritas Services
Main address is 1651 2nd St.
Sarasota, FL, 34230
Phone number is (941) 366-5620





St. Joseph's Catholic Church
Location - 3100 26th Street West
Bradenton, Florida, 34205
Call  (941) 756-3732
Gives out free clothing. There may be dresses, professional work attire, hats, boots, summer wear, and so much more.

Home Instead Senior Care
339 Interstate Blvd
Sarasota, FL 34240
Call : (941) 951-2242

HOPE Family Services, Inc.
Main address is 1201 8th Ave W
Bradenton, FL, 34205
(941) 747-8499
Emergency clothing, food, shelter, and other support is offered, such as legal referrals.

Mary and Martha House, Inc.
PO BOX 1251
Bradenton, FL 33570
(813) 645-7628
Assistance provided includes clothing, shelter, food, free referrals to other community agencies. There is also free stuff such as a laptop or basic computer education class, and case management services for shelter residents.

Child Protection Center, Inc..
720 South Orange Avenue
Sarasota, Florida 34236
(941) 365-1277
Providing clothing for children of all ages and sizes. The items are provided in Sarasota County free of charge. Please call to arrange pick up of needed items. School uniforms are also given out.

Trinity Presbyterian Church-South Sarasota County
4365 State Rd 776
Venice, Florida, 34293
Call 941-492-6384
Homeless Motel Voucher Assistance, clothing, household items, baby supplies, blankets, shoes, and more are offered from the center.

By Jon McNamara

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