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How to Organize a Clothing Drive

Clothing drives initiated by churches or businesses are crucial to the Rescue Mission's success. We often get calls from people who want to donate a few clothing items, but can't make it to the Mission. While we appreciate every donation, it is sometimes difficult for us to afford all our pickups, especially if we're driving many miles just to grab one bag of clothes. 

Group clothing drives bring a lot of clothes to a central location, which saves us time and gas money. Most importantly, clothing drives help us continue to operate a viable Mission.


10 Steps to Organizing a Clothing Drive at Your Business, Church or Civic Organization

  1. Prayerfully decide that you will take charge and initiate a clothing drive at your institution.
  2. Talk to your boss or pastor and get her OK to organize a clothing drive.
  3. Plan a time frame for your institution's drive. We suggest 3-4 weeks.
  4. Decide what clothes you will ask for. (Check out our needs here.)
  5. Call the Mission and ask for one of our blue barrels for the collection.
  6. Ask your boss or pastor to let you announce the drive. Make an effort to indicate which items you are looking for, where people can drop them off and why it is important to donate.
  7. Keep your collection barrel looking clean and neat. If you get too many clothes, you might need to bag some of the clothing and store it elsewhere so it doesn't overwhelm the area.
  8. Collect all the clothes you have received at the end of your drive and put them in bags. Please sort and label the items by category, for example "socks," "underwear," etc.
  9. Arrange to get your clothes and the blue barrel back to the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake (463 South 400 West). You can drop them off or call to have us pick them up.
  10. Praise God that He used you to help Salt Lake's needy (Matthew 25:37-40)!

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