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Free clothing closets, back to school supplies and furniture om Northeastern Florida.

Families that live in northeastern Florida can get free clothes for their family, furniture for a home or apartment or back to school supplies for students. There are a number of charities that operate clothing closets, thrift stores, or furniture banks, all of which are listed below.

Find where residents can some of their basic needs, such as free stuff such as clothes or furniture for general use. Distribution sites as well as charities are located in all counties, including Clay, Baker, Columbia and nearby regions. They will provide income qualified families with free clothes, Christmas assistance, household goods, birthday gifts, back to school items and more stuff. There may also be free bedroom sets, appliances, kitchen supplies and other goods from furniture banks. Many resources are also offered for children and single parents.

While those with the lowest income may receive free supplies, others from the region can shop at a local thrift store. These sites will normally have gently used goods (including clothing, computers and furniture) available at a reduced price. Many of the clothing banks in the region of Nassau and St. Johns County and northeast Florida increase the amount of aid they provide during Christmas or the back to school seasons. So toys, gifts, backpacks, and other goods can be served as well to the needy. Note there are separate resources available in the greater Duval County region.

NE Florida free personal and household stuff from clothing centers and furniture banks

A Women's Resource Center
Address:  219 N Palm Ave, Palatka, FL 32177. Call 386-328-9394
Most of the support is for pregnant and new mothers in Putnam County. This can include free maternity and baby items, clothing, diapers, information and referrals. Other items include pregnancy testing, counseling, and options for housing or medical needs. There are also other ways to get free diapers.

Barnabas Center, Inc.
Main address is 1303 Jasmine St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Call (904) 261-7000
Free clothing and other aid may be offered, including some financial support.

 

 

 

  • Another location is at 930 S 14th St., Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034. Call (904) 321-2334. This center may also have bedding, gently used furniture, and even small appliances. Students from the NE region can get uniforms for school, notebooks, and other supplies.

Renewed Thrift Store
Location is 225 NW Real Terrace, Lake City, FL 32055. Call (386) 438-5597 for information.
This is a regional thrift shop that offers affordable shopping to the public. Acquire books, clothing, household items, appliances & toys, and furniture. When possible, emergency clothing is provided on referral from a local non-profit or agency.

Catholic Charities Bureau, Inc.
553 NW Railroad St, Lake City, FL 32055. Call (386) 754-9180
This is the center for Columbia County. A number of resources are offered, including holiday gifts and toys, clothing, vouchers, and limited amounts of direct financial assistance for basic needs. Children can receive shoes, belts, backpacks, and related goods. Other free school supplies may be passed out in the late summer too.

Catholic Charities / St. Johns County
Main address is 225 West King St., St. Augustine, Florida 32084. Dial (904) 829-6300

Christian Service Center of Columbia County, Inc.
Location is 421 NW Washington Street, Lake City, FL 32055. Call (386) 755-1770
In addition to information and referrals, the charity may have clothing, food boxes and assistance with paying utilities and rent. May also have funds for minor auto repair and gasoline vouchers. However the basic needs for the working poor, homeless, and low income includes personal hygiene/baby items, showers, furniture for your home and household items.

Crossroads Pregnancy Center
Main address is as follows. The non-profit is at 19930 US-441, High Springs, FL 32643. Call (386) 454-0411
Offers free parenting instruction and resources, emergency diapers, support groups, formula and baby items, community referrals, and more. Maternity clothes fo

 

 

r single or teenage moms is offered too.

 

 

 

Empty Stocking Fund - United Way
Mailing address:  117 Bridge St, St. Augustine, FL 32084. Dial (904) 829-9721
The non-profit mostly offers holiday-related assistance at the Christmas season. Can include toys, clothes and gifts for children. Seniors may also obtain needed items.

Mayo Manna House (FL-518)
297 SE Pine St, Mayo, FL 32066. Phone: (386) 294-2150
Call for information on general clothing programs.

Emergency Pregnancy Services Clay County
2300 Park Avenue, Orange Park, FL 32073. Call (904) 215-2797
Low-income parents, single mothers, pregnant women (or teens) and others can get help. Whether it is free furniture (car seats, cribs, baby stuff) or food or pregnancy tests, assistance is offered. There is also referrals to medical care or financial help and more.

Micah's Place, Inc. / Purple Dove Resale/ Outreach Services
The location is 474311 E State Rd 200, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Main phone: (904) 225-9979. Or call the non-profit at (904) 548-4646

St. Catherine's Conference of Clay County, part of Society of St. Vincent de Paul
1649 Kingsley Ave, Orange Park, FL 32073. Main number is (904) 264-0577
Clothing, gas vouchers, basic needs, and more is offered from a thrift store and clothing closet. The church gives out pens, pencils, shoes, and other free school items to kids of all ages too (who qualify).

Communities In Schools - They assistance Clay, Saint Johns, and Putnam County
Address is 142 Ferry Road, East Palatka, FL 32131. Call (386) 328-8875
The non-profit partners with schools, medical clinics and social services to help kids (and their parents). Get everything from free back to school supplies to food, dental care, personal hygiene supplies or clothes for kids or adults.

St. Augustine Society, Inc. / St. Francis House
70 Washington St, St. Augustine, Florida 32084. Telephone - (904) 829-8937
This supports St. John’s County. Clothing, meals, and more are served. They also have an emergency homeless shelter. There may be free stuff for the homeless, underwear, socks, clothes and more. Other people from the community can also get free clothes for year round usage.

Downtown Ecumenical Services Council Clothing Ministry of Clay County
The charity also serves Clay County, St. Johns and nearby regions from 215 North Ocean Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call (904) 358-7955
A free clothing closet is on site. Get work boots, scrubs, slacks or dresses, high heels, pants and more. They also help students from K-12 with free school backpacks, notebooks, book bags and more school supplies.

The Salvation Army Hope House Clothing and Furniture - NEFL Area Command
Address: 410 S 9th St, Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034. (904) 321-0435
Also known as Hope House of Nassau. They run a thrift store and offer Christmas assistance with gifts and toys. Some of the aid is from the Angel Tree program. There may also be free basic furniture such as utensils, pots and pans, a couch, or mattresses or beds among other items. Find a list of Salvation Army locations in Florida.

 

 

 

 

The Salvation Army Northeast Florida Area Command - 2795 County Rd 220, Middleburg, FL 32068. Call (904) 276-6677. There is another local center in Clay County. This site is at 2795 County Rd 220, Middleburg, Florida 32068. Call (904) 276-6677 for intake and referrals. Assistance programs include free food, financial aid, furniture, a back to school event giveaway, hot meals, case management and much more. Both emergency and long term support is offered.

  • Another Salvation Army Family Store for Clay County is at 2221 County Road 220, Middleburg, FL 32068. Call (904) 278-7918

Trinity Episcopal Parish
215 St. George Street, St. Augustine, Florida 32084. Phone - (904) 824-2876
The center may have vouchers for clothing from the Thrift Shop.

United Way of Northeast Florida, Inc. and Beaches Resource Center
Jessie Ball duPont Center, 40 E Adams, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Dial (904) 390-3200
They mostly offer direct assistance to other non-profit agencies.

 

By Jon McNamara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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