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Southeastern and Coastal Bend Texas free clothes, furniture and school supply assistance.

There are a number of clothing closets and furniture banks that pass out free school supplies, clothes for work, and household items such as furniture and more. Dozens of charities operate in the so called Coastal Bend area of eastern Texas. Numerous non-profits, churches, and charities provide qualified low income families stuff based on donations. There may be free clothes, household goods, diapers, furniture and other seasonal type resources. This can also include free Christmas assistance, gifts, or school supplies.

The centers are in the following counties, including Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Duval, Galveston, Jim Wells, Kennedy, Kleberg, Liberty, Live Oak, McMullen, Corpus Christi, Montgomery, Nueces, Refugio, and San Patricio. Everything from free back to school supplies for kids from K-12 to furniture (beds, appliances, etc.) as well as year round clothing is offered. If one is not near you, then a referral may be offered to a location that is more convenient to you.

While some families facing an emergency can be supported, the fact is the clothing distribution centers mostly rely on donations and volunteers. So if there are not any goods available then you more than likely will not be able to receive any assistance. When possible a clothing closet may offer free clothes, coats, shoes or bookbags for students, and more. Some sites may even have diapers or formula for newborns. The programs vary widely.  Also, the Salvation Army in Texas (listed below as well) also offers help.

Places for free clothes, household and other personal stuff

Tri County Christian Service Center of San Patricio County
Address - 323 North 7th Street, Aransas Pass, Texas 78336. Call (361) 758-1988 for intake.
A major distribution in the county. Free furniture such as beds or tables, clothes (jeans, shorts, shoes, belts, etc.) and books or school supplies for kids as well.

Salvation Army Centers
There are several in the region, most of which provide free clothes as well as back to school supplies. There may be backpacks or uniforms for students, Chromebooks, sneakers, pens, pencils and more. Other low income families can get free general clothing, year round and during the holidays. Or get small furniture items or financial help.

  • The Salvation Army - Freer Service Unit, Duval County, 1618 N. Avenue J Freeport, TX 77542. Call 979-233-5420.. Offers clothing, lodging and transportation assistance for the poor, unemployed, transients, homeless individuals and families.

 

 

 

  • The Salvation Army - Galveston - Main address is 601 51st St, Galveston, Texas 77551. Telephone for intake is (409) 763-1691. Offers emergency clothing. There is also financial aid, information on government benefits, cash aid (for buying school items, furniture, etc) and more offered.
  • The Salvation Army of Mainland Galveston County - 4210 Texas Avenue, Texas City, TX 77591. Call (409) 935-1190. Offers various social and human services to the needy. Programs can provide free Christmas assistance, gifts, and toys. Free or low cost school supplies, such as uniforms and backpacks, may be offered. An onsite thrift store and clothing closet are offered too. Summer meals, Christmas toys from Angel Tree, and more is offered.
  • The Salvation Army - Sinton Service Unit - 205 Seventh Ave, Portland, TX 78374. Phone: (361) 777-3355 San Patricio County residents can get clothing, school items, work uniforms and related goods. There may be free birthday toys, meals for the homeless, and bookbags or other school supplies for kids ranging in age from kindergarten to high school.

Pregnancy Assistance Center North Center of the Coastal Bend
4730 Everhart Rd, Corpus Christi, TX 78411. Phone: (361) 991-2008
They run a thrift store which sells gently used toys, shoes, household items, clothing, jewelry, electronics, furniture, holiday toys and more. Other supplies for new moms or pregnant women may be free diapers, cribs for a home, maternity clothes and more.

Beeville Vineyard
210 North Monroe, Beeville, TX 78102. Main phone - (361) 358-7500

United Way Waller County Service Center, Career and Recovery Resources
531 Farm-to-Market 359 Road South, Brookshire, TX 77423. Call (281) 822-4200
They offer employment and job training type programs. As part of this, clients may receive work-related clothing and tools, suits, tokens to pay for a bus ride, and similar support. There are even United Way free school supply programs.

Repair the Breach Ministries
1713 Lilley Avenue, Cleveland, TX 77327. Call (281) 593-3767
The non-profit assists low-income families, senior citizens, teen mothers, and infants in Liberty County.

Society of Saint Vincent de Paul
Address is 1010 35th St, Galveston, TX 77550. Call 409-356-5135
Can help with basic needs. Qualified low income clients can receive clothing, food, transportation and disaster relief. Free vouchers for special needs may be offered. They also offer many seasonal assistance programs. The major ones include a school supply giveaway as well as toys for Christmas.

 

 

 

 

Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi and Nueces County
Address is 615 Oliver Ct, Corpus Christi, TX 78408. Call (361) 884-0651 for hours.
A free clothing and furniture bank is on site. Tables, small kitchen appliances, clothes for work (including professional or school uniforms) and much more may be passed out. They also offer financial aid, shelter, food, and more.

Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi
Main address is 1322 Comanche, Corpus Christi, TX 78401. Phone (361) 884-0651
Sells new or gently used items to the public, much of what has been donated. Can include furniture, clothing, household goods, blankets, and similar items. Some limited financial aid may be offered for paying rent, electric bills, or medications. Also learn to apply for food stamps or public aid from this center.

Corpus Christi Metro Ministries
1919 Leopard Street, Corpus Christi, TX 78408. Call (361) 887-0151
The center provides shoes, clothing, winter jackets and blankets, and hygiene kits. Supports community wide information and referral is disbursed too. Provides the working poor and seniors with help. Children and students from the region also may qualify. Social services offered include clothing, disaster relief, rental help, and pastoral counseling. A leading church with toys, basic furniture, kitchen utensils, and more for low income families.

Good Samaritan Rescue Mission
Location is 210 South Alameda, Corpus Christi, Texas 78401. Call (361) 883-6195
The run the Good Sam's Second Hand Thrift Store. Couches, beds, tables, lamps, electronics, computers and more may be offered. Mostly focuses on the homeless and very low income. Hot meals, information on public aid, shelter, and free clothing may be provided. There are blankets for the homeless, job placement (and professional work attire), bus vouchers, and more.

Galveston Sustainable Communities Alliance (GSCA)
306 22nd Street, Galveston, Texas 77550. Call 409.443.5717
A low cost thrift store is on site and the charity gives away free back to school supplies. There are also free vouchers. Assistance programs include birthday or Christmas toys; school supplies (notebooks, pens, pencils, etc.); suits, dresses, slacks; furniture including lights, tables, plates, and more.

Live Oak Outreach
3454 Highway 281, George West, TX 78022. Main number - (361) 449-1860
Offers clothing and household items to the community. This can include the working poor, unemployed and other low income individuals and families.

 

 

 

 

Hitchcock Family Welfare
6915 2nd Street, Hitchcock, TX 77563. Call (409) 572-2473 or try 409.986.5632
Provides assistance to Galveston County and Hitchcock residents.  The non-profit can offer free or gently used clothing, shoes, winter attire, and more.

Regional Furniture Bank
There is one for SE and Coastal Texas. Low income families can get bedroom furniture, such as beds, lamps, dressers and more. There are kitchen items, including appliances, refrigerators, dishwashers and more. Or get free beds for kids, medical equipment for the elderly or disabled, and other goods. Call 713-842-9771.

La Marque Aid & Guidance
Main addresses is 320 Laurel
La Marque, TX 77568
(409) 938-7852
Clothing distribution, an on site thrift shop, and the general public can get referrals to other appropriate non-profit agencies when needed. Christmas and seasonal assistance, toys, gifts, and gently used clothing may be offered from a clothing closet or thrift store.

Rockport-Fulton Good Samaritans
507 South Ann Street
Rockport, TX 78382
(361) 790-9828

Waller Assistance and Restoration Ministry
31315 FM 2920, Suite 11
Waller, Texas 77484
Main number is (936) 372-3025
Qualified individuals and families may receive free supplemental personal care item assistance and clothing through W.A.R.M. A Thrift Shop is also open to the public.

By Jon McNamara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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