Northwest Florida free clothing closets, school supplies and furniture banks.

Low income and struggling families can receive free clothes, back to school supply, birthday toys, furniture and other basic needs. Clothing closets as well as charitable run furniture banks in northwestern Florida as well as regional thrift stores provide assistance. There may be free vouchers, gift cards, and other support to the community. There are often other items as well, including free back to school supplies for students, furniture for a new home, uniforms for work or school and even birthday toys. Many children from low income families are the main beneficiaries.

The churches and non-profits operate across Escambia, Bay, Okaloosa, and Santa Rosa County. Residents of nearby towns may receive help too. The thrift stores or clothing centers may distribute free school uniforms, Christmas assistance, toys, clothing, kitchen appliances, computers, furniture and more. Other items may be personal hygiene supplies, food, blankets, or maybe even limited financial support.

Some of the locations may pass out vouchers or gift certificates. The demand on many of the centers is very high and they try to help as many people as possible. Or volunteers that work on site may provide referrals or other guidance.

Waterfront Rescue Mission OKA Fort Walton Thrift Store
110 Hollywood Boulevard SE
Fort Walton Beach, Florida, 32548
The thrift store sells clothing, appliances, furniture and other household goods.

East Brent Baptist Church
Address of clothing bank - 4801 North Davis Highway
Pensacola, FL, 32503
Free clothing may be available for children 0-2 years old. Maternity items for pregnant moths, diapers, and more may be available as well.





Lutheran Services Florida
Main address of clothing center is 7008 North Palafox Street
Pensacola, Florida, 32503

Salvation Army
Address: 1824 West 15th Street
Panama City, FL, 32401
Main number is 850-769-5259
The Salvation Army social services of Bay County Florida offers a number of resources. Among them includes free clothing and holiday assistance (including free Christmas or birthday toys) and other social services to Bay, Holmes, Gulf, Washington, and Franklin Counties. A school supply giveaway and Angel Tree program are offered too.

Escambia County Salvation Army
Main address - 3870 North Davis Highway
Pensacola, Florida, 32505
Main number 850-432-1943
Offers low cost clothing and furniture, emergency financial aid for bills or rent, school supplies, the Angel Tree Christmas program and more.

Regional Salvation Army vouchers and Family Stores
Two locations are above. But there are many other locations in Florida and the NW part of the state. Whether it is free backpacks for the school year, notepads, pens or pencils, or clothes for work, items are offered. Many of them also have free furniture banks or low cost thrift stores. Find Florida Salvation Army Family Stores and Social Services.





First Baptist Church of Pensacola
511 Tarragona Street
Pensacola, Florida, 32501
The program known as Samaritan Hands provides new and used shoes, clothing and more for the needy. In addition, free blankets and sleeping bags may be available during colder weather.

Waterfront Rescue Mission
The thrift stores may sell clothing, furniture and appliances for sale, household items, and more. The non-profit also can provide referrals for discounted goods and nearby public assistance programs.
1975 Ferdon Boulevard, Crestview, FL, 32536, Main number is 850-689-2700
732 Highway 29, Cantonment, FL, 32533, 850-968-1297
2125 West Fairfield Drive, Pensacola, FL, 32533, dial 850-438-1462
110 Hollywood Boulevard SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32548, 850-244-2726

Santa Rosa County, Ferris Hill Baptist Church clothing closet
6848 Chaffin Street
Milton, FL, 32570
Main number is 850-623-3500

Myrtle Grove Baptist Church
5920 Lillian Highway
Pensacola, Florida, 32506
Main phone - 850-455-7389
The charity may have free clothes for men, women and children in northwestern Florida.

Olivet Baptist Church of Santa Rosa County
5240 Dogwood Drive
Milton, Florida, 32570

First United Methodist Church of Niceville OKA Thrift Store
214 South Partin Drive
Niceville, Florida, 32578
Call 850-678-4411 for hours.
Provides support to Okaloosa County residents.




Family Resource Program
A walk in clothing bank is at 6607 Elva Street
Milton, FL, 32570
Call the center at 850-626-2054
The goal is to help keep families together. Furniture, work or school clothes, shoes, boots, slacks for a job interview, and other goods are offered. There are even free baby and maternity clothing items.

First Baptist Church of Panama City
640 Grace Avenue
Panama City, Florida, 32401
Resources for the low income, single moms, migrant workers include a furniture bank, clothing closet, as well as free food pantry.

East Brent Baptist Church
4801 North Davis Highway
Pensacola, Florida, 32503
Call 850-479-7685

Bay County Agency of Aging - Senior Center - Senior citizens and the disabled
They focus on the elderly and disabled. Free medical equipment, bedding, and household supplies may be given. Also air conditioners, clothes for older people, and more. Or get referrals to financial aid as well as furniture banks or healthcare. More on Bay County Agency on Aging.

ECHO Furniture Bank of Northwest Florida
It is a regional non-profit. Free beds for kids, kitchen tables, sofas, cabinets, and other items are offered. Call (850) 224-3246.

Ferris Hill Baptist Church
Address - 6848 Chaffin Street
Milton, FL, 32570
Dial 850-623-3500
Clothing assistance may be provided to qualified applicants. Other programs offer school supplies, meals, and more to the low income.

Lighthouse of Faith Community Church
755 Lovejoy Road
Fort Walton Beach, Florida, 32548
Any basic need or clothing assistance met by this non-profit church is based on availability of resources. Other items offered can include free diapers and hygiene items.

Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen
1620 North Palafox Street
Pensacola, FL, 32501
The on site thrift store provides low or reduced cost clothing, furniture and other household items. Some basic kitchen supplies, like pots or pans, may be passed out as well.





Panama City Rescue Mission BAY Clothing Closet
Clothing bank address is 515 East 6th Street
Panama City, Florida, 32402
Vouchers may be passed out to working poor or qualified low income families. They can redeem it for free clothes, hats, school uniforms, or work items, among other goods.

Alpha Center, Inc.
6004 Pernella Road
Pensacola, FL, 32504
Phone - 850-479-4391
Runs a free clothing closet with maternity, infant, newborn, and toddler (when available) clothing.

Little Flower Catholic Church
6495 Lillian Highway
Pensacola, Florida, 32506

Marcus Pointe Baptist Church of Escambia County Clothing Closet
6205 North W Street
Pensacola, Florida, 32505
Call 850-479-8337

Calling All Angels Thrift Store
Address: 180 Richpien Road
Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32547
Telephone - 850-314-7777
Focuses on distributing reduced cost clothing , furniture, household items, especially around Christmas time. The items sold include beds, couches, summer clothes, shorts, and more.

Family Service Agency
Location - 114 East 9th Street
Panama City, Florida, 32401
Phone - 850-785-1721
The Clothing Closet may have toys, general clothing, free books, house wares, furniture (when available), linens, shoes, and other basic goods. There are also books, tablets, and educational material for students from kindergarten to high school.

Helping Hands Mission SRO Midway Thrift Store
4666 Highway 90
Gulf Breeze, FL, 32563
Low income and struggling residents that apply may receive free furniture, household goods, and clothing if needed. Others that are struggling or unemployed may need to pay minimal costs for the items.

Salvation Army Okaloosa County
434 Mary Esther Cutoff
Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32548
Telephone - 850-243-8716
Programs provide basic needs. Many children and senior citizens benefit from their resources. Clothing, free meals, household goods, and Christmas assistance from Angel Tree all may be available.





Society of St Vincent de Paul
1417 West Cervantes Street
Pensacola, Florida, 32505
The assistance programs include a free furniture bank as well as clothing closet. Volunteers as well as donations keep it going. Many items are given by the charity. They include free furniture, bedding, utensils, and more. There are also free school uniforms and supplies for students of all ages. Or get Christmas toys, food in NW Florida, and more.

A second location is at 3832 North 9th Avenue, Pensacola, FL, 32503. Dial 850-434-1456.
Another regional thrift store is based at 2200 West Desoto Street In Pensacola.

By Jon McNamara

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