Where to donate children’s clothing in the GTA

Clothing of various colours hangs on a rack.

As your children grow older, you might find yourself with lots of clothing that they’ve outgrown. You could always try to sell items online, or give them to a friend, but another great option is to donate used children’s clothing to a local charity. Some charities will give your donated items directly to people in need, such as families leaving a shelter, whereas others will resell your items or recycle them to raise additional funds for their missions to improve their local and global communities. Here’s a guide of where to donate children’s clothing in the GTA.

Halton Women’s Place

Accepted donation items: Halton Women’s Place accepts donations of new children’s and women’s clothing in all sizes, including underwear, socks, t-shirts, sweatshirts, pants, pyjamas and slippers. The shelter also accepts donations of pillows, pyjamas, baby and infant supplies, items such as baby monitors, strollers, activity centres and infant or toddler car seats, kitchen products, small appliances, food products, cleaning supplies and more. A full list of accepted new donation items is available on their website.

Locations served and drop off policy: You can drop off used clothing in green bins, and for additional information about donating, contact Carm Bozzo, Halton Womens Place’s Development Manager, or by calling (905) 332-1200 ext. 222.

Website: More information is available through the Halton Women’s Place’s website.

Where your donation goes: Clothing items collected in green bins are collected in partnership with Clothing for Charity, who organizes donated items. When a woman comes to the shelter, she is able to fill out a form indicating any clothing needs that she or her children have, and then the appropriate clothing is distributed.

Oasis Clothing Bank

Accepted donation items: Oasis Clothing Bank accepts men’s, women’s and children’s gently used clothing, as well as shoes, boots, bedding and linens. They do not accept baby car seats, playpens or baby cribs. In addition to clothing, Oasis accepts items such as dishes, cutlery, electronics, artwork, housewares.

Locations served and drop off policy: Oasis has clothing donation bins around Toronto, and you can find a map of these drop off locations on their website. You can also donate through dropping off items in-person at the Oasis Donation Drop Off Centre in Toronto, or arrange a home pickup if you have a minimum of three large garbage bags of clothing.

Oasis also suggests holding a clothing drive or yard sale to gather items from neighbours and members of your community. You can call them to arrange for a collection crew to come pick up the items you’d like to donate.

Website: Learn more on the Oasis Clothing Bank’s website.

Where your donation goes: Donated items are either given to participants in the Oasis Addiction Recovery programs to provide simple life necessities, or are sold to fund programming by the Oasis Addiction Recovery Society.

Twice As Nice Toronto

Accepted donation items: Although not a nonprofit organization, Twice As Nice is a Toronto consignment store that accepts donations of gently used children’s clothing, toys, bicycles, sports equipment, furniture and strollers. You can find a list of accepted donation items, including specific types of baby equipment, toys and strollers, on Twice as Nice’s website.

Locations served and drop off policy: You can drop off items to donate from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday to Friday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturdays. There is no drop off on Sundays. Twice As Nice is located in

They suggest you check in with the store through calling or checking their social media to see what clothing items they are accepting.

Website: Visit Twice As Nice’s website for more information.

Where your donation goes: Twice As Nice is a consignment store which serves its local community.

Canadian Diabetes Association

Accepted donation items: The Canadian Diabetes Association accepts donations of all types of gently used clothing items. They also accept other textile items like accessories, bags, curtains, general cloth items like bedding and bath items, shoes, boots and sleeping bags. In addition to textiles, the Canadian Diabetes Association accepts donations of household items, electronics and sports equipment. A full list of items is available on their website.

Locations served and drop off policy: You can find a donation bin to drop off items in the GTA online by following this link.

Website: Learn more on the Canadian Diabetes Association’s website.

Where your donation goes: The proceeds from the sale of items go towards supporting the Canadian Diabetes Association’s programs including diabetes research, education, programs and advocacy.

Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy

Accepted donation items: The Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy’s Clothing Pick-up for Cerebral Palsy program accepts donations of clothing, shoes, coats, bedding and linens. They also accept reusable items in good condition like toys, games, small appliances, small furniture items, books, electronics and more.

Locations served and drop off policy: You can arrange a free collection pickup from your home online. The Clothing Pick-up for Cerebral Palsy also has clothing donation bins where you can drop off your donation items. You can find a clothing donation bin close to you by following this link.

Website: More information is available online through the Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy’s website.

Where your donation goes: Your donation to the Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy supports the organization’s mission to support independence, inclusion, choice and full integration of all persons with cerebral palsy, including services, programs and resources.

Habitat for Humanity

Accepted donation items: Habitat for Humanity locations in the GTA accept donations of used clothing, including children’s clothing. Habitat ReStores also accept donations of used furniture, kitchen cabinets, appliances, home decor, lighting fixtures and other items. Find a full list of accepted donation items by following this link.

Locations served and drop off policy: You can drop off clothing donations in one of Habitat’s bright blue donation bins in our parking lots. If you’re interested in donating items like furniture, Habitat offers a free used furniture pickup program, as well as a free kitchen removal program. You can also drop off your donation items at a Habitat near you, and find your closest ReStore by using Habitat Canada’s ReStore Directory.

Website: Learn more on Habitat’s website.

Where your donation goes: When you donate new or used items to Habitat, they go to sale in a ReStore, a warehouse outlet which sells items for 30 to 70 per cent of their original value. The proceeds from the sales of these donated items help Habitat fundraise for its build projects so that local low-income families can afford a safe and decent place to call home.

By Sherina Harris