Clothing Donations

Clothes aren’t going to change the world, the women who wear them will.

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Temporary Pause on Clothing Donations

Our heartfelt gratitude for the incredible outpouring of support over the past few months. Thanks to the overwhelming success of our fall event, Beyond the Suit, and the generosity of individual donors, as well as community and corporate clothing drives, Dress for Success Toronto finds itself with an abundance of inventory.
 
In order to ensure that our Suiting & Styling Services can continue to support the women of our community, we must temporarily pause our clothing donation program. We kindly request your understanding and cooperation as we focus on managing the current inventory and diligently sorting through this influx of items.
 
What You Need to Know:
 
  • Temporary Pause on Clothing Donations: Effective immediately, we are temporarily suspending our clothing donation program. Please hold on to your generous contributions until further notice.
  • Sorting and Preparation Period: Our dedicated team will be working diligently to sort through the existing inventory, ensuring that every donation plays a vital role in empowering women on their journey to employment success.
 
We appreciate your understanding and continued support.

Donate Clothing & Accessories

Accepting Clothing Donations

Our Suiting & Styling Program wouldn’t be possible without the generous donations of clothing, shoes, and accessories from community and corporate supporters. These items are critical to ensure our Boutique is stocked with quality, fashionable work attire for women who are preparing for interviews, actively job searching, or in the process of making a career change.

Please take note of the specific items we are currently accepting as these may change based on the needs of our Boutique.

Upcoming Clothing Drop-Off Dates at DFS Toronto Boutique

We will be accepting donations between 10 AM — 4 PM at our Boutique location on the following Mondays: 

  • January 29

Call for Donations

We are currently accepting the following high-needs items for our Clients:

  • Blazers & Suits
    • Sizes 8 and up
  • Shirts / Blouses / Tops
    • Sizes 8 and up
  • Pants / Trousers
    • Sizes 8 and up
  • Outerwear / Winter Coats
    • All sizes
  • Fall / Winter Dresses
    • Sizes 8 and up
  • Flat Shoes
    • All sizes
  • Professional / Classic Jewelry
  • Professional Purses / Handbags 
  • Belts & Scarves
All donated items should be ready-to-wear, clean and free from damages or not in need of repairs.

Donating Your Items — Where to Drop-Off

Thank you for supporting DFS Toronto! Your donations make our mission possible. Please select a drop-off location that works best for you.

We have 4 convenient locations across the GTA:

Donation Drop-Off Tips & Instructions

All Gibson’s Cleaners Locations
No Appointment Required

Thank you for dropping off your items at one of our three partner locations. Gibson’s staff will receive your donations and deliver your items to our Boutique. To help us quickly refresh our inventory with relevant items, please take note of our criteria for acceptable donations.

 

 

Dress for Success Toronto Boutique
By Appointment Only

To drop-of your items directly to our Boutique, please click the button below to make an appointment. We receive donations every second Monday between 10 AM and 4 PM.

While we appreciate your donations, pre-planned staff and volunteer resources are required to receive all donations. As such, please note that deliveries without an appointment outside our scheduled drop off days will not be accepted.

If you have any questions, please email us at: clothingdonations@dressforsuccesstoronto.org

Donation Guidelines

All donated items must be in excellent condition, freshly dry-cleaned or laundered and ironed, and free of rips, tears, and stains. As the focus of our Boutique is on work attire, we are looking for both staple and statement pieces that can be worn in interview and workplace settings, appropriate for a variety of sectors and industries. Please avoid including casual items such as sweatpants, t-shirts, and sneakers.

Criteria for Acceptable Donations

  • Clean, ready-to-wear clothing and accessories
  • Items that are new or gently-used in quality
  • Modern or classic pieces that are always in style 
  • Work appropriate (i.e. clothing and accessories that can be worn to office or business settings)
  • Accessories (footwear, purses, jewelry, belts, etc)
  • Seasonal attire (i.e. winter coats and accessories)

Items Not Accepted

  • Dirty / damaged items or items in need of repair
  • Casual clothing, sleepwear and loungewear
  • Small appliances, household goods or bedding
  • Used undergarments, hosiery or swimwear
  • Opened or used toiletry or cosmetic products
  • Menswear clothing and accessories
  • Children’s clothing, toys and accessories

Clothing Drives

Clothing Drives can be a great team building event, or a fun activity to do with friends. Most importantly, it is a way to support women in your community and to help them take a crucial first step towards a better future. Why not plan a clothing drive with your company, friends, school, community group or association?
For Clothing Drives, we focus on item-specific collections, rather than an open-call for donations. This not only helps us manage our inventory, but ensures our Boutique is always stocked with the items our Clients need most. You can choose to do a single-item drive, or a multi-item drive. For both of these options, we would provide a list of items for which we are in need for you to choose from.

Single Item Clothing Drives - $500 Monetary Donation Required

These drives focus on the collection of 1 specific item category.

The most successful examples of these drives have been a Purse Drive, Shoe Drive or Coat Drive. These categories are items we are frequently in need of and also allow for some flexibility in terms of the actual items collected (i.e. a Shoe Drive can include flats, heels, boots, seasonal footwear, and a Purse Drive can include purses, briefcases, wallets, professional backpacks and even small suitcases).

Multi Item Clothing Drives - $1,000 Monetary Donation Required

These drives focus on the collection of 2-10 specific items.

This type of drive is most similar to our previous structure, however we now curate the ask to focus on the items of greatest need. This is a great option for large groups or organizations who want to collect more than 1 type of item. The most successful examples of these drives have been a 5-item donation collection (i.e. coats, purses, shoes, dresses, tops), over the course of 1-2 weeks.

We couldn’t do the work we do without your generous support. The monetary donation component ensures that we have the resources to receive, sort, process, store, and distribute the clothing to our Clients and that they can access this service for free. It also funds our Career Learning programs and Working Women’s Group that further our ability to provide a network of support and the development tools that empower women to thrive in work and in life.

The first step to a successful Clothing Drive is registration. This lets our team know you’re interested in hosting a drive and ensures we can support you through the process. To get started, please connect with our Boutique Coordinator.

Important Details to Note

Donation Receipts

Dress for Success Toronto is unable to provide receipts for clothing items donated to our Boutique. For monetary donations, we can issue tax receipts in accordance with the Canada Revenue Agency’s regulations and organizational policies and procedures.

If you are a clothing or apparel brand looking to donate new products,

Donation Pick-ups

Due to limited resources, we are unable to pick-up donations.

Still Have Questions?

For more information about Clothing Drives please e-mail clothingdonations@dressforsuccesstoronto.org

Donation terms: Donated garments that are workplace appropriate will be used in our Boutique and provided to our Clients at no cost. Items that are deemed unsuitable for the Boutique might be sold through our clothing fundraisers to help individuals in need access quality clothing while raising funds for our charitable initiatives. If unsold, they will be redistributed through other community programs.

Other Ways to Support DFS Toronto

Volunteer Hub

DIY Fundraisers

Corporate Sponsors