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Warm Welcome Winter Clothing Drive in Salt Lake City

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The International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Salt Lake City would like to invite you to join our Warm Welcome Winter Clothing Drive! By donating clean, new or like-new winter clothing, you are supporting newly arrived refugee adults and children as they strive to regain control of their future and thrive in our community.

Winter clothing donations will be accepted from September 16th through October 11th between 1-5pm weekdays. We are accepting the following items in clean, new or like-new condition:

  • Coats and jackets
  • Winter hats and beanies
  • Gloves and scarves
  • Winter boots and warm socks

Deliver items directly to our office

Kindly sign up online or contact Jen Dean, development specialist, by phone at 801.883.8456 or by email at DonateSLC [at] rescue.org (subject: Warm%20Welcome%20Clothing%20Drive)  to schedule a time for your donation drop-off. 

Donations can be dropped off to our office downtown located at 221 South 400 West

We will be distributing the winter clothing items to over 300 newly arrived refugees in mid-October. Volunteer opportunities will be available at the distribution event and during the weeks preceding the distribution event to assist with sorting winter clothing. For more information about this family-friendly, one-time volunteer opportunity, visit our volunteer sign-up page here. 

Four refugee children pick out winter clothing items at the 2016 Winter Clothing Drive in Salt Lake City

Refugee children and their families picked up much needed winter clothing at the 2016 Warm Welcome Winter Clothing Drive in preparation for their first winter in Salt Lake City.

Photo: Kendall Banks/IRC

Winter Clothing Drive FAQs

Does quality matter for winter clothing donations?

Yes! We like to say, “If you wouldn’t give it to a loved one, then it won’t work for a refugee family.” Refugees should begin their new life with dignity; therefore, we have high expectations for donated goods. Winter clothing items should be donated in clean, new or like-new condition. Clothing should function like-new (e.g. zippers should work; all buttons should be in place; no rips/tears; no large stains). Additionally, kindly check pockets for any hidden treasures before donating.

What types of winter clothing do you accept?

Our priority is new or like-new winter coats, boots, and gloves. We can also accept warm jackets, winter hats, scarves, and warm socks. We accept handmade winter accessories like knit scarves and hats.

Do you accept all clothing donations?

No. The Warm Welcome Winter Clothing Drive focuses specifically on winter clothing items that will keep people warm during the coldest months of the year. However, we are limited in the items we can accept. We are not able to accept everyday clothing items. Additionally, we do not accept long sleeve t-shirts, pants, pajamas, sweatsuits, etc. during the Winter Clothing Drive.

How do you prefer to receive winter clothing donations?

Before dropping winter clothing items off, please sort out any items that are not in clean, new or like-new condition. Again, if the item is not in good condition, we will not be able to accept it. To assist our efforts to provide over 300 newly arrived refugees with winter clothing, please sort winter clothing items into plastic bags labeled with the following categories before delivery:

  1. Adult Female
  2. Adult Male
  3. Youth Female
  4. Youth Male
  5. Toddler/Infant
  6. Winter Accessories

Do I need to make an appointment to drop off donations?

Yes! Prior to dropping off your donation during the designated times, please reach out to Jen Dean, our development specialist, to let her know the date that you plan to drop off the items. We are only able to accept winter clothing donations from donors who have signed up for a drop off time. Jen can be reached by email at DonateSLC [at] rescue.org

Do you just have one drop off location?

Yes. Donations can be dropped off, with advanced notice, to our office located at 221 South 400 West between 2-5pm weekdays from September 16th through October 11th, 2019. Kindly sign up online or email Jen, development specialist, at DonateSLC [at] rescue.org (subject: Warm%20Welcome%20Winter%20Clothing%20Drive%20Donation) to schedule your donation drop-off. We are located on the east side of the street with 30-minute or 2-hour parking directly out in front of our door. If those parking spaces are filled, feel free to use the pull-in that provides access for several reserved spaces next to the building. This pull-in can be used briefly to unload, just make sure your hazard lights are on and you do not block the sidewalk.

Can you pick up winter clothing donations from my house?

Unfortunately, no. We have limited capacity to pick up donations in the community, and we reserve these resources for furniture donations. Learn more about our donation pickups.

Do you provide tax receipts?

Yes! When you drop off winter clothing, our volunteer receptionist or other staff members can offer you a donation receipt upon request.

Thank you for supporting our Warm Welcome Winter Clothing Drive! For more information or to learn more about the event, kindly email us at DonateSLC [at] Rescue.org (subject: Winter%20Clothing%20Drive) .