With the unpredictable Central Texas winter weather, you never know if you can expect to be wearing shorts or a heavy coat.
Now more than ever, local shelters need clothing donations. As you clean out your closet in anticipation of spring, consider donating the clothes you no longer use and help Killeen residents stay a little warmer.
Clothing donations are accepted by a number of organizations.
The Goodwill thrift store accepts any type of items, aside from baby items, such as cribs and car seats. Baby clothing is accepted. There are two Killeen Goodwill locations: 4004 E. Stan Schlueter Loop and 2101 S. W.S. Young Drive. A Goodwill is reopening this spring in Copperas Cove at 2421 E. U.S. Highway 190 following a fire last year and another is already operating in Harker Heights at 125 E. Kathey Drive. The facility also maintains a number of drop box sites around the area, including two at Fort Hood, in the parking lot of each of the commissaries.
Goodwill donations benefit local residents by providing job opportunities and financial services for those in need.
The Salvation Army of Killeen has two locations: 501 N. Second St. and 1306 E. Rancier Ave.
Donations pickups can be scheduled. The Salvation Army offers a clothing assistance program, where low-income families can receive vouchers for clothing at the establishment. They also feature a furniture assistance program for victims of residential fires. The Salvation Army also offers services including utility assistance and a food pantry.
Teen emergency shelter Option House provides shelter for children ages 3 to 17. The facility accepts clothing, as well as items for teens, including hygiene products. Call 254-634-2085 for information.
This and That thrift shop, at 219 W. Avenue D in Copperas Cove, supports the House of Refuge Women’s Shelter.
“We accept any usable clothing items,” said Pamela Johnson, House of Refuge case manager.
The shelter is for homeless single women and children.
Jesus Hope & Love Homeless Mission in downtown Killeen provides meals and clothing to the homeless. The organization has put out an emergency request for hats, gloves and socks for homeless patrons, due to the recent cold fronts. Call 254-304-2170 for donation information.
Charity Clothing Pickup manages more than 20 drop box locations across Killeen. The donations received are distributed to various area charities.
Each box lists the beneficiary of the donations collected.
The drop boxes accept usable clothing of all types, for men, women and children, including belts, shoes and purses. The drop boxes also accept household items, including blankets, linens, kitchen supplies and toys. However, large furniture and major appliances cannot be donated through a drop box.
Go to www.clothingpickuptexas.com to locate one of 20 drop boxes across town. The organization asks that donations, which must be unbreakable, be placed in 13-gallon trash bags.
After donating, call 1-800-627-6051 to receive a tax receipt.
MORE THAN CLOTHES
A number of local charities accept items beyond clothing.
Cove House Emergency Homeless Shelter and food pantry accepts hygiene and toiletry products along with cleaning supplies. The food pantry is continually in need of canned goods, dried goods and frozen foods.
A full list of acceptable donations can be found at www.covehouse.org.