Post - Holiday House Purge!

Where in the South Hills to Donate Toys and Clothes

By Emily Papa, Macaroni Kid South Hills of Pittsburgh Publisher January 8, 2021

It's the start of the New Year and even if you purged your house before the holidays, many families are looking to start off on a clean slate and do it again. If you have new, unopened or gently loved items that you won't be using, consider donating them. Below you will find a list of places to donate, items needed and who they serve in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, PA and surrounding communities. 

***Please note that some of these places may have donation limits or time slots due to COVID precautions. Click on the links to take you directly to the site for more info. If you have a great resource should be on this list, please email***

South Hills Interfaith Movement
Bethel Park

Thousands of our neighbors struggle with hunger, poverty and making a better life for their families. Together with the South Hills community, SHIM can help. SHIM accepts donations of non-perishable food and gently-used, in-season, and baby clothing at the Bethel Park location on weekdays: Monday 1-4pm, Tuesday 9am-1pm, Wednesday 9am-4pm, Thursday 2-4pm (except the second and fourth Thursday of each month), Friday 9am-12pm (except the second and fourth Friday of each month.) You can find an updated list of most needed items HERE.  You can contact SHIM at (412) 854-9120 with any questions.

Good Will
Peters Township  |  Heidelberg Outlet  |  Banksville Road  |  West Mifflin  |  South Side

When you donate your new and gently used items, local Goodwill organizations sell them in stores or on and use the revenue generated to provide valuable employment training and job placement services for people in your community.

The Washington City Mission  
Washington | North Strabane | Canonsburg | Belle Vernon

City Mission is grateful to accept the donation of your excess items. They accept clothing, shoes/boots, clothing accessories, decorative accessories, electronics, furniture, household goods, jewelry, small & large appliances, sports equipment, tools, toys, books, records, DVD’s, video games and board games. For a complete list of accepted items, click HERE. Your gift to City Mission provides the resources needed to restore hope to the homeless.  It allows the City Mission to provide meals and shelter, training and educational opportunities, to continue recovery programs, and much more. 

Donations are accepted at any of the City Mission thrift stores, vocational training center, or any area donation bins.  For bulk items, including furniture and appliances, please drop off at the vocational training center Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1000 Sheffield St, Washington.  The Washington City Mission does on occasion pick up bulk items.  To schedule pick-up, please call (724) 222-8530 x 21. If you require additional donation information, please call:  (724) 222-8530 or email us at

Genesis of Pittsburgh
Bellvue | Washington

Genesis of Pittsburgh, Inc. is a nonprofit social service agency dedicated to providing life-affirming programs and services for pregnant women, children and adoptive families. Genesis is non-political and non-sectarian. Programs and services include; housing, counseling, adoptions, classes, CPR, parenting, life skills and the distribution of baby supplies and equipment, diapers, formula and clothing.

Dress for Success
The Design Center in Pittsburgh | Washington Crown Center

The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Consider donating your gently loved professional clothing, shoes, accessories and any new makeup and toiletries here to help women in our community.

The Backyard Angel

This ministry at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church is to share clothing. They take orders for children’s clothing at 

Light of Life

Light of Life transforms lives by providing food, shelter, and hope to men, women, and children experiencing homelessness, poverty, or addiction to restore them as healthy members of our community.

Sojourner House

Permanent housing and supportive services for women in recovery and their dependent children. 

Julie’s House 

Abstinent living for women and children, Julie’s House is a 3-6 month residential program for women in early recovery. Each woman is given her own apartment for her and child(ren), and often come in with nothing. Donations are accepted by appointment only by calling 724.228.2203.

The Lighthouse for Women 

Sober living for women in recovery from alcohol and drug addictions. Seasonal items are always needed. Donations accepted at Greenbriar Treatment Center in Washington, PA. 

The Lighthouse for Men 
North Strabane

Sober living for men in recovery from alcohol and drug addictions. Seasonal items are always needed. Donations accepted at Greenbriar Treatment Center in Washington, PA.

The Free Store

The Free Store receives surplus and donated goods and redistributes them to neighbors in need.  What began as a Braddock project grew to serve residents all over Allegheny County.  The Free Store wants to change individual relationships with material goods while combating poverty through empowerment. They accept most everything that is new or gently used condition (and in season please). Baby clothing, Formula, Diapers and Household Items are always needed. They are unable to accept furniture or electronics. MORE INFO HERE.

Community Clothes Exchange

This Facebook group serves the community as a message board to support each other by creating a sustainable system for passing on clothes, baby and household items. 

Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library

The Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library is a 100% volunteer-run cooperative that offers an indoor play space and allows families to borrow toys for home use. Their focus is on early childhood, and they primarily serve families with children from birth to kindergarten. Hours vary. Please call with questions 412.682.4430