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Free clothing closets, school supplies and furniture Raleigh and Wake County.

Household goods, including free clothes, basic furniture, school supplies and holiday assistance, may be distributed by charities and churches in the Wake County area. There are many free clothing closets, thrift stores and non-profits in Raleigh North Carolina that offer goods, whether for work, school, or starting a new home or apartment. The centers serve people across the greater Wake County region and thousands of families receive help every year.

Most of the centers rely on the availability of donated goods so funding and resources are limited. The clothing closets will try their best to meet the demand of the larger community. Centers may offer winter coats, free clothes to children, professional work attire, school supplies including backpacks, Christmas gifts/toys and more. Some people may receive the items for free, including vouchers or gift certificates to use while shopping. Other locations, in particular the thrift stores, may sell the items at a low cost.

The Raleigh area centers may offer other support to the needy as well, which could include food, limited financial assistance, and referrals to other non-profits.

Wake County Salvation Army clothing closet
215 S. Person St.
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
(919) 834-6733
Will provide clothing at least one day per week. An application process is in place, including identification is needed from all family members. The clothing store can only be used once every 3 months. Other social services, including shelter, meals, and maybe even financial help for bills may be offered. They also give bags, shoes, free school supplies or uniforms, and more to students from low income families as well as Hispanics in Wake County. Or stop by the center at 205 Tryon Rd., Raleigh, NC 27601, (919) 779-8867.

Community Clothing Closet
Address: 99 N. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC 27603
(919) 832-4485
The center offers free, gently used or new quality clothing for struggling residents of all ages. The clothing operation focuses on the poor and homeless in Wake County North Carolina.




The Martin Street Baptist Church
Location is 1001 E. Martin St.
Raleigh, NC 27601
Dial (919) 833-9756

Sanderford area Food Pantry and Clothing Closet
2525 Sanderford Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27610
(919) 833-8526

The Women's Center of Wake County
Main address is 128 E. Hargett St., Ste. 10
Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 829-3711
May have personal hygiene items, clothing, shoes, and more. Single moms as well as women surviving from violence are key users of the free clothing and furniture bank.
A second location, which also serves as a cooling center, is located at 112 Cox Avenue. Raleigh, NC 27605. Call (919) 829-3711

Triangle Family Services
Many forms of assistance are available to qualified families. Whether disabled, seniors, or low income, apply for free clothes for year round use, back to school supplies, household goods, diapers, or even some basic furniture. More on Triangle Family Services assistance programs.





Brooks Avenue Clothing Closet and Food Pantry
700 Brooks Avenue
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
Call (919) 821-2400
Provides at most two outfits per family member one time each month. Clothes include pants, jeans, sweatshirts, belts, and many other goods.

Garner Area Ministries
401 Aversboro Rd.
Garner, NC 27529
(919) 772-9100
May not only have clothing but also utility and prescription assistance.

Catholic Parish Outreach
2013 N. Raleigh Blvd.
Raleigh, NC 27604
(919) 873-0245

Helping Hands Thrift Shop - Raleigh
Address: 623 Rock Quarry Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27610
(919) 829-8048
May have free Christmas assistance including gifts, toys, and other items. A thrift store is also available that will sell clothing and household items including some furniture. Other related programs include Love Baskets and Operation Warm Clothing. During the hot NC summer months the center may donate fans and air conditioners to families and seniors in need of assistance.

Bargain Box - Cameron Village
401 Woodburn Rd
Raleigh, NC 27605
Telephone - (919) 833-7587

Heart 2 Heart, All-N' Together Services
140 Sapphire Ct.
Franklinton, North Carolina 27525
Telephone number is (919) 559-9629
The non-profit Heart 2 Heart helps youth, the homeless, and low income families in need of help. The agency provides basic resources such as food, clothing, furniture, non-perishable groceries and personal care items.

Dorcas Ministries
Clothing closet address is 187 High House Rd.
Cary, NC 27511
(919) 469-1351
May have emergency assistance for basic human needs. This can include transportation, shelter, free clothing, food, fuel, and medical care. Childcare and educational assistance scholarships may also be offered to those who qualify.





Christian Community in Action
187 High House Rd.
Cary, NC 27511
Call the center at (919) 469-1351
The charity offers many clothing and furniture assistance programs for low income families. Everything from beds to couches, work attire, and more is given out.

Helping Hand Thrift Shop
May sell gently used furniture, clothing, small appliances and more. Those who qualify may receive a voucher for their items. There are several locations around the greater Wake County region.  Operation Warm Clothing is administered as well.
102 E. Third St., Wendell, NC 27591, call (919) 365-0757
414-C Old Apex Rd., Cary, NC 27511, telephone number is (919) 481-1411

Goodwill NC Thrift Store
This non-profit sells clothing, furniture, household goods, clothing and more to the public. There may be appliances, kitchen pots and pans and more. Free School uniforms, backpacks, shoes and more may be offered for teenagers too.
1150 W. Williams St., Apex, NC 27502, main number is (919) 362-5630
6808 Davis Circle, Raleigh, NC 27613, (919) 782-2435
1677 N. Market Dr., Raleigh, North Carolina 27609, phone (919) 878-3933
321 W. Hargett St., Raleigh, NC 27601, telephone number is (919) 834-0504
9005 Baileywick Rd., Raleigh, NC 27615, (919) 518-2878
220 Kilmayne Dr., Cary, North Carolina 27511, (919) 467-7048
12269 Capital Blvd., Wake Forest, NC 27587, call (919) 570-8292 for hours

Birthchoice, Inc.
3820 Merton Drive
Suite 219
Raleigh, North Carolina 27609
Telephone: (919) 781-5433
This location is a pregnancy resource center. It offers help to women and their families. Services are offered free of charge. Programs available include vouchers for food; maternity and baby clothing and various infant items. Free limited ultrasound for clients, pregnancy testing, and education. There may also be free car seats for low income households.

Vietnam Veteran's Pick-Up Service
Address: 2409 Crabtree Blvd.
Raleigh, NC 27604
(800) 775-8387

Western Wake Crisis Ministry
103 1/2 E. Chatham
Apex, NC 27502
Phone - (919) 362-0657
Several crisis programs are offered to families faced with a crisis, including clothing and rental assistance.

Islamic Association Food Pantry
Address: 3020 Ligon St.
Raleigh, NC 27607
(919) 834-9572
May have non-food items such as soap, lotion, clothes, and other personal hygiene items.

Life Experiences Thrift Store
260 Towerview Ct.
Cary, North Carolina 27513
(919) 467-1973
Runs a thrift store for the general public. It sells/offers clothing and household items at very reasonable prices to anyone from Wake County.

Wake County Furniture Bank
Low income families or those leaving homelessness are major users. Based on donations, there may be tables, beds, couches, lamps, and much more. Referrals to deposit and apartment programs may be offered too. Call  (919) 322-0474 for details.







Crisis Pregnancy Services
1001 Navaho Dr., Ste. 101
Raleigh, NC 27609
(919) 873-2440
May have baby and maternity clothing, formula, diapers and more. Diapers, wipes, and other goods may be passed out too.

Emergency & Transitional Lodging-Habilitative Program (Ral Rescue)
Address: 314 E. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone - (919) 828-9014

School Buddies
220 Swinburne Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27620
Main number is (919) 212-7083
Programs provide back-to-school clothing and supplies for hundreds of school aged children and teenagers. Bags, notebooks, pens, pencils, and more is available.

By Jon McNamara














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