Where to donate winter clothes in Madison, WI

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Maybe you’ve recently cleaned out your closet — or your kids have outgrown last year’s winter apparel. Perhaps you decided to Marie Kondo your life. Whatever the case, if you’ve got extra hats or mittens to spare, now’s a good time to pass them along to those who may need them.

Here are some Dane County organizations that welcome cold-weather donations, including scarves, hats, blankets, gloves, and socks.

Please confirm with the organization(s) that your donation will serve their needs currently.


The Middleton Outreach Ministry focuses on bringing the community together to create food and housing security through action and advocacy.

What they accept: Winter clothes for men, women, and children, all sizes of tennis shoes, and bedding of all sizes — all clean + lightly worn.

To donate: Bring donations to the clothing center door on Mon. + Fri. from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. or Wed. from 2-4 p.m.

📍 3502 Parmenter St., Middleton | ☎️ 608-836-7338 | ✉️ info@momhelps.org

Sunshine Place C.A.R.D.S. Closet

A free clothing resource for children and youth in the Sun Prairie Area School District.

What they accept: For the Nov.-Mar. season, they’re looking for clean and gently used kid’s winter clothing, including coats, hats, gloves, and boots.

To donate: Place items in the large donation bin at 1632 W. Main St., Sun Prairie during donation hours — 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

📍1623 W. Main St., Sun Prairie | ☎️ 608-825-3875 | ✉️ ann@sunshineplace.org

St. Vincent de Paul

The Society operates multiple programs in Dane County including a food pantry, a charitable pharmacy, seven thrift stores offering direct charity, housing, and several other forms of assistance for people struggling with poverty.

What they accept: Clothing, furniture, and household items in clean, working condition.

To donate: Drop off items at a St. Vinny’s location, find a dropbox location, or schedule a free at-home pickup.

📍 6301 Odana Rd. | ☎️ 608-278-2920

Goodman Community Center

A community resource that offers innovative, research-based programs for ages preschool and up to build life skills + connect the community.

What they accept: The Center’s most recent wishlist includes kid’s sweatpants, sneakers, hockey skates, and adult hats and gloves.

To donate: Contact Development Associate Christ Graupner to donate items.

📍 214 Waubesa St. | ☎️ 608-807-4962 | ✉️ cgraupner@goodmancenter.org

The Beacon

A day resource for those experiencing homelessness in Dane County.

What they accept: Men’s pants + belts, backpacks, and rain ponchos.

To donate: Contact Nicolas Lemus at The Beacon to arrange to drop off your items: 608-826-8102 or nlemus@ccmadison.org

📍 615 E. Washington Ave. | ☎️ 608-826-8040 | ✉️ thebeacon@ccmadison.org

Dane County Humane Society Thrift Store

Revenue from sales supports the work necessary for helping animals in the community.

What they accept: Clothing, furniture, and household items in clean, working condition.

To donate: Drop off smaller items in a no-contact bin outside the store during open hours.

📍 6904 Watts Rd. | ☎️ 608-709-1275 | ✉️ thrift@giveshelter.org

Salvation Army Dane County

Proceeds from donation sales are used to fund adult rehabilitation centers to help those struggling with addiction.

What they accept: All women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing, plus many other household goods.

To donate: Drop off items at the 3030 Darbo Dr. dropbox on your own time.

📍 3030 Darbo Dr. | ☎️ 608-25-2203