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 Wednesday, September 9th through Wednesday, October 7th between 1-4pm Mondays through Wednesdays each week. Due to the pandemic and the safety concerns, new items will be the lowest risk for us to accept as a donation. To limit exposure risk, our preference is to receive primarily new items. Like-new items may still be accepted based on our needs and must be thoroughly washed prior to donating. We are accepting the following items in clean, new or like-new condition:
- Coats and jackets
- Winter hats and beanies
- HIGH NEED: winter boots & waterproof gloves (all sizes)
- Scarves and warm socks
Increase your impact by donating a gift card along with your winter clothing. Visa or Mastercard gift cards or gift cards to stores like Walmart, TJMaxx, or other low-cost stores are preferred in amounts between $25 to $100. Access to gift cards helps ensure all sizing is met and helps families purchase hard-to-fit items like winter boots.
To make donating to our Winter Clothing Drive easier than ever, find specific items and the quantity we need of each available on our Amazon Wishlist!
Finally, to help ease our distribution efforts, we're in need of large reusable bags, like this blue IKEA bag. We're hoping to collect 250 bags altogether as part of our distribution efforts—include one or more with your donation of winter clothing!
Options to make donating easy this year
OPTION 1: If you buy from our Amazon Wishlist, you can have the items shipped directly to our office.
OPTION 2: If you prefer to purchase winter items locally, or if you have like-new items to donate, you can deliver items directly to our office by following these steps:
- Kindly sign up online to schedule a time for your donation drop-off. Sign up now>
- Please let us know if you have more than one carload of items to donate. Since our office is still temporarily closed, we won't have extra staff on-hand to support unloading. However, if you give us advanced noticed, we can work to have one or two extra staff members available to offer their help.
- Review all safety guidelines before arriving to drop off your donation.
- If there isn’t a time slot that works for you or if you have additional questions, please email Caitlin Fellows, development coordinator, at DonateSLC [at] Rescue.org.
Donations can be dropped off by appointment only to our office downtown located at 221 South 400 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84101. RSVP for a drop-off today>
OPTION 3: If you want to mail items, please contact Caitlin Fellows at DonateSLC [at] Rescue.org for shipping information
We will be distributing the winter clothing items to over 150 newly arrived refugees in mid-October. Volunteer opportunities will be available to help with donations sorting and packaging in the weeks ahead to help prepare for distribution. For more information about these one-time volunteer opportunities, visit our SignUp pages below to learn more:
- Sign up here to volunteer as a Winter Clothing Sorting Volunteer
- Sign up here to volunteer as a Winter Clothing Packaging Volunteer
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. Furthermore, because of concerns about COVID-19, and to limit risks to our clients, we are prioritizing NEW clothing items this year. We appreciate your like-new donations, but due to the pandemic this year, like-new clothing must be thoroughly washed and packed in a plastic bag. 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. See our Amazon Wishlist for specific items we are requesting.
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 150 newly arrived refugees with winter clothing, please sort winter clothing items into plastic bags labeled with the following categories before delivery:
- Adult Female
- Adult Male
- Youth Female
- Youth Male
- 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 sign up for a time here. If none of the times work for you, please reach out to Caitlin Fellows, our development coordinator, to discuss alternatives. As our office is still closed at this time, we are only able to accept winter clothing donations from donors who have signed up for a drop off time. Caitlin can be reached by email at DonateSLC [at] rescue.org.
Do you just have one drop off location?
Yes. Donations can be dropped off, by appointment only, to our office located at 221 South 400 West between 1-4pm Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from September 9th through October 9th, 2020. Kindly sign up 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 have currently suspended donation pickups due to COVID-19 restrictions. Learn more about our donation pickups.
Do you provide tax receipts?
Yes! When you drop off winter clothing, our 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) .