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Free clothing closets, school supplies and furniture Lee County Florida.

Clothing “closets” as well as furniture banks provide free items and vouchers to the public. There are sites across Lee County Florida, including in Cape Coral and Fort Myers. Clients may be given free clothes for work or school, furniture for an apartment or home, diapers, medical equipment, back to school items, and so much more. Very low income residents and people with emergency needs may receive free items while others can obtain low cost goods from thrift stores. Churches, non-profits like the Salvation Army and other charities operate across Lee County.

The demand for assistance is always greater than what can be met. The clothing closets rely heavily on donations from the community. This means that what is available will change throughout the course of the year and is limited. Some of the free Lee County centers may have clothing for work or school supplies while others may even have free Christmas assistance and gifts for the less fortunate. Or find clothes for summer, backpacks for students, or a bed for a child. It is usually best to call in advance for hours and what is in stock.

If you need help, have a child, or are a senior citizen then special resources may be available, including wheelchairs or crutches. The non-profits try to focus on assisting people who are most at risk, and teenagers and children will fall into that category.     

Kiwanis Club of Lehigh Acres Foundation and Thrift Store
15 Homestead Road S
Lehigh Acres, FL 33936
Phones: (239) 369-6336
The thrift store sells to the general public a number of items. This includes used household goods, clothing and furniture at very reasonable prices. A voucher program for free items may be offered in partnership with Lehigh Community Services.

Renewed Faith Ministries Assemblies of Christ, Inc.
1188 Lake McGregor Dr North
Fort Myers, FL 33918
Telephone - (800) 948-9819




LaBelle House United Way of Lee County
133 Bridge Street
LaBelle, Florida 33935
(800) 887-9234
A number of social services, counseling, and financial assistance is offered. This includes a clothing closet, Access Medicaid applications, TANF programs, computer use and more. Basic needs such as clothes for kids, sneakers, school supplies or medical equipment loaned to the elderly may be arranged by partners. They also work closely with United Way of Lee County.

They also work with Goodwill Job programs and can help job seekers with resumes, schooling, and professional work clothes, such as suits and dresses. Also apply for low interest loans for home improvements and repairs.

M.C. Library Education Center Corp
2801 Michigan Ave Suite A
Fort Myers, FL 33902-1533
Phones: (239) 288-5349
This is a non-profit clothing bank for the homeless and low income. Food and disaster relief is available too. Or get books, use of a laptop or desktop computer, and other aid. They also hold workshops, including on money management books for low income families.

Lehigh Community Services
Address: 201 Plaza Drive Suite 103
Lehigh Acres, FL 33936
Call (239) 369-5818 for an appointment
Resources include clothing, furniture (when available),  school supplies, and money for water or electric bills.

St. Matthew's House of Treasures
25091 Bernwood Dr. Bonita Springs, FL 34135
Phone: (239) 495-0159
The Lee County thrift store accepts donations for resale. Furniture, linens, gently used domestic items such as towels sheets, curtains, children clothes, shoes, and more are all needed and sold to the general public.





Bonita Springs West United Way House
Main address is 25300 Bernwood Drive
Bonita Springs, Florida 34135
(239) 992-3034

Goodwill Industries
They operate several thrift stores in the greater Lee County Florida region. All sorts of goods are resold, including clothes, furniture, appliances, and clothes. There may be couches, kitchen tables, dresses, and many other free or low cost furniture items. Some Christmas gifts and toys may be sold as well.
4940 Bayline Drive North Fort Myers, Florida 33917, (239) 995-2106
8951 Bonita Beach Rd.  Bonita Springs, FL 34135, call (239) 390-1081
4716 Chiquita Blvd. Cape Coral, FL 33914, (239) 549-3614
1500 NE Pine Island Rd.  Cape Coral, Florida 33909, dial (239) 772-3535
3226 Del Prado Blvd. S. Cape Coral, FL 33904 (239) 542-2212
10351 Corkscrew Commons Drive., Estero, FL 33928, telephone (239) 992-7336
10676 Colonial Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33905, call (239) 225-1598
16523 Island Park Rd. Fort Myers, FL 33908, dial (239) 482-6102
15165 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33908, phone 239-267-3787
4162 Palm Beach Blvd. Fort Myers, Florida 33905, telephone (239) 694-4915
11801 S. Cleveland Ave. Fort Myers, FL 33907, call (239) 936-4599
19041 San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931, dial (239) 765-5151
1404 Lee Blvd.  Lehigh Acres, FL 33936, dial (239) 369-8500
1919 N. Tamiami Tr.  North Fort Myers, FL 33903, main number is (239) 656-5020
2440 Palm Ridge Rd. Sanibel, Florida 33957, call (239) 395-1225 for intake

Fort Myers Rescue Mission
Clothing center is at 6900 Mission Lane
Fort Myers, FL 33916
(239) 334-7365
A non-profit Christ Centered Work providing counseling, shelter, food and clothing items to needy men. Shelter and meals are offered too.

Fort Myers Christian Outreach Center
3500 Fowler St
Fort Myers, FL 33901
(239) 481-6262

Salvation Army/ Thrift Store -Fort Myers
1855 Boy Scout Dr.
Fort Myers, Florida 33907
Telephone - (239) 628-1147
They operate a thrift store and clothing bank. It sells clothing, appliances, furniture, and more. A number of other assistance programs are offered for as rent or housing assistance, free Christmas Angel Tree gifts, and backpacks for students. Or apply for government aid such as LIHEAP or food stamps at the center. Job programs are available as well. Other locations are at 15418 South Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, FL 33908 and 4506 Del Prado South Suite D Cape Coral, FL 33904.





Verity Pregnancy & Medical Resource Center
Main address - 8890 Salrose Lane Suite 240
Fort Myers, FL 33912
(239) 433-1929
Offers free pregnancy, limited ultrasound scans, prenatal care information, adoption information and referral, infant material support (0-3 months), and referrals for housing, clothing, and other material aid.

Voices for Kids of Southwest Florida
Main address is 2075 West First Street Suite 300
Fort Myers, Florida 33901
Call (239) 533-1435

St. Vincent de Paul - Lee County churches
Each has a low cost thrift store, clothing closet and furniture distribution site. They help low income families, single moms and seniors among others. There may be clothes, educational supplies, pens, pencils, and notebooks for students, pots and pans, furniture and more. Seasonal aid includes Christmas gifts, school supplies, Easter baskets and birthday toys. More on Saint Vincent de Paul assistance programs Lee County.

Cornerstone Ministries
Primary address is 3220 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33917
Primary phone (239) 337-4140
Food, clothing, holiday items, school supplies and more are offered for children, the elderly, and the unemployed in the community. A furniture bank and food pantry are on site too.

Elizabeth Kay Galeana Center
4235 Michigan Link Ave.
Fort Myers, FL 33916
Telephone - (239) 337-4193
Access resources such as senior support coordination, food pantry, English as second language classes, referrals, clothing, baby items, translation services and furniture.

Bonita Social Service Center
26820 Old 41 Rd
Bonita Springs, Florida 34135
Call (239) 390-2928 for intake
The government organization offers ACCESS services, school backpacks, food pantry, after school and summer camp programs, diapers, pre-teen mentoring, referrals, translation, clothing and free baby items as available.

Lee County Churches - Catholic Charities
They offer many programs from their Family Resources Centers. Free basic needs or items may be given out as well as food or financial help. There may be free furniture or medical equipment for the elderly, bedroom furniture sets, small appliances and other goods. More on Catholic Charities Lee County.







Bonita Springs Assistance Office
Main location is 25300  Bernwood Dr Unit 6
Bonita Springs, Florida 34135
Phones: (239) 992-3034
May have very short term emergency financial assistance for rent/mortgage, electric bills and prescriptions. Clothing for school or work may be offered. The center may even have gasoline vouchers.


By Jon McNamara


















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