A Guide to Donating Clothing for Veterans

When we think about supporting veterans, clothing donations might not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, it’s a crucial need that often goes unnoticed but can have a profound impact on their lives. Donating clothes to veterans is more than just a kind gesture – it’s a way to show our gratitude and help them transition into civilian life.

By donating clothing, you’re giving veterans something tangible to show our appreciation for their service. Whether it’s a suit for a job interview, warm clothes for the winter, or everyday attire, every piece makes a difference in their lives.

Where to Donate Men’s Clothing for Veterans

Join the mission and make a difference by donating men’s clothing to veterans in need. Several leading organizations are dedicated to this noble cause, ensuring that our heroes receive the support they deserve:

Vietnam Veterans of America

With drop-off locations spread across the nation, VVA accepts clothing of all types and sizes, including men’s, women’s, and children’s apparel. You can simply bring your donations to a nearby drop-off point and the VVA then ensures these items reach veterans.


AMVETS regularly collects gently used clothing, household items, and furniture. These items are sold at local thrift stores, with the proceeds directly benefiting veterans. By donating to AMVETS, you’re not only providing clothing but also aiding in generating funds for various veteran support programs. They are very flexible and willing to work with you, with options for pick-up services for those unable to reach drop-off locations.

Paralyzed Veterans of America

The Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) runs the G.I.V.E. (Goods Inspiring Veterans Everywhere) clothing donation program with the mission of improving the lives of severely injured veterans. Your donations of clothes, small appliances, and gently used household goods go a long way in supporting these heroes. The PVA makes it easy to donate, with tax-deductible receipts issued for your contributions.

While men’s clothing is the primary focus, donations of women’s and children’s clothing are also needed.

The Impact of Your Donations

Your clothing donations have a profound impact that goes beyond simply giving. For veterans, these contributions can be truly life-changing. Picture a veteran confidently walking into a job interview wearing a suit you generously donated. The right attire can make all the difference in helping a veteran secure employment, an essential step in their transition to civilian life. This is not just a possibility, but a reality that happens regularly thanks to your support.

But the impact of your donations doesn’t stop there. Clothing donations also play a crucial role in the day-to-day lives of veterans. A warm coat during winter, comfortable shoes for daily wear, or even basic apparel for a veteran and their family can alleviate financial burdens and provide much-needed comfort.

Preparing Your Donations

As you prepare your clothing donations, we encourage you to reflect on the specific needs and circumstances of veterans. Here are some practical tips to ensure your contributions provide the utmost benefit:

  • Donate clothing that is gently used, clean, and in good condition. Veterans deserve the dignity of receiving items that are presentable and functional.
  • Business suits, dress shirts, and formal wear can be incredibly valuable for veterans attending job interviews or work-related events.
  • Casual clothes, comfortable shoes, and basic accessories can help veterans in their daily lives.

Be mindful of any specific requests or needs highlighted by the donation organization, such as clothing for women and children, or items suitable for disabled veterans.

Woman veteran receiving a donation

Other Ways to Support Veterans

In addition to clothing donations, there are other meaningful ways to support veterans:

Cell Phones for Soldiers

Our mission is to provide free communication services to active-duty military members and veterans, and you can help us by reaching your electronic devices as donations. We recycle and reuse cell phones, tablets, and MP3 devices to purchase international calling cards for troops to call home.

How to Donate

  • Cell phones: You can donate your old cell phones and directly support our veterans with calling cards. If you are ready to get involved, visit our donation page for detailed instructions on how to send in your device.
  • Financial contributions: Financial donations are also crucial in supporting our mission. Contributions help in purchasing prepaid international calling cards for troops and providing emergency financial assistance to veterans.

Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteering your time is another powerful way to give back. Cell Phones for Soldiers offers various volunteering opportunities, from organizing local collection drives to becoming a drop-off site:

  • Become a drop-off site: Transform your location into a collection hub for cell phones, with support from Cell Phones For Soldiers in setting up and promoting your site.
  • Organize a cell phone drive: Engage your community, workplace, or school by hosting a cell phone collection drive, using our promotional materials for maximum impact.
  • Participate in the student ambassador program: An opportunity for students to demonstrate leadership and creativity by organizing fundraising events and phone collection drives, contributing significantly to our mission of supporting our troops.

We encourage you to get involved in our community. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those who have served our country and need our help to return to civilian life.

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Self-Paid Label

Thank you for taking the extra step to cover shipping costs for your donated devices! Not only is your device donation tax-deductible, so are the shipping costs. 

Simply click and print this preaddressed label and follow the shipping instructions below:

1. Count the number of donated phones for your records.

2. Place the phones flat across the bottom of the box and layer them with newspaper or bubblewrap to avoid damage.

3. Keep batteries attached to phones. If there is no battery, place tape over terminal ends.

4. Due to federal shipping regulations, you must print a battery warning label for each package. Click here to print. Affix one label to the outside of each box. 

5. You must affix (USPS) or a prepay waybill (UPS, FedEx, DHL) in order for your package to reach us.

5. You will not receive an e-mail confirmation when your package arrives. Click here to print a donation receipt.