Donations of clothes to Hope

Hewitsons winter Coat Appeal

Hope supplies clothes to the homeless and others who are on low incomes

All year, but especially at Christmas, people donate clothes to Hope for the homeless. They can be old clothes they no longer need, or new things like hats, gloves, hoodies and underwear. We are really grateful for the kindness people show.

Hope supplies clothes FREE to homeless people every day we are open, including warm coats and underwear.

Through donations we get enough clothes for everyone who is homeless who comes in, although we don’t ever get enough men’s pants, which we always, always need (old washed ones are fine, they don’t have to be new).

But because people are so generous, we get more clothes than even we need for that group, especially hats, scarves and gloves. If you are thinking of donating these, don’t just give those, please give us mens pants too.

We want you, our donors, to know what may happen to the clothes you have donated to us, and how you can plan your donations for maximum benefit to homeless people and to raise funds to support our work.

We divide the clothes donated into categories:

Rags – things not usable, which we supply  to the ragman, and from here they go on to the global south as clothes or are re-spun into fibre.

Clothes for the homeless and othesr in need – distribution as described above

Clothes for jumble sales

Clothes for sale on ebay   If an item is more valuable, we can maximise its value to support our work by selling it at closer to market rate

If you can, please bring your donations to the donation station. We sort and clean there. Some are sent back to the hand up service at Oasis for rough sleepers and sofa surfers.

Nobody makes any profit on any of the above. 100% of everything raised is used to support our charitable work.

We also sometimes run fashion shows giving a great experience to homeless people taking part – and they get the clothes they wear.

Occasionally we ask people not to donate clothes for a while, if we have too many in stock



People say, why can’t the homeless have the best stuff, why sell it?     There are loads of clothes available to our service users, all of good quality. But if we get a valuable item, its sale on ebay or at auction can raise really useful funds for our work. What is wrong with this?

I bet the staff and non service user volunteers take all the good stuff      This never, never happens. Staff do not get first choice. All clothes are used as above. If staff want something, they can bid on ebay or go to the charity shop like anyone else and buy it.

They should give the clothes away free     All clothes given to the homeless are free.

They are ungrateful telling people they don’t want any donations..   We aren’t, we are really grateful, but we know what is needed and it is best to ask us before deciding what the homeless need and what we can store. They are lots of other people out there with the same idea as you… which means sometimes we get too much of the wrong thing.

Why don’t you want another two thousand knitted hats?    They are lovely, but there is  a limit to what people can wear. If you decide you want to help the homeless, contact us or look at our webpages to see what we always need. A hat is lovely, but what people really need is pants… (and food, which is always essential – but we do get too much pasta and beans! Check what food we need too!)