When you donate clothing and other items to the Donation Center, we sort the materials and may distribute some items to our Littles and their families who are in need. We then sell the bulk of your donations to thrift stores, like Savers. Your donations provide stable revenue to fund Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State, its programs, and its mission—to serve children facing adversity in Rhode Island by matching them with Big Brother/Big Sister mentors.
Call us at 401-921-2434 or 1-877-7-CLOTHES (1.877.725.6843) to schedule a pickup time that is convenient for you.
Schedule your pickup online
We send out mailers in advance of a town-wide pickup, and we do make phone calls to residents with listed phone numbers. However you may schedule a personal pickup at your convenience by contacting us at 401-921-2434 or 1-877-7-CLOTHES (1.877.725.6843).
Our extended drop-off hours are Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. We are closed on weekends.
The Donation Center accepts “gently used” items such as anything made of cloth (clothing for all ages and genders; and sheets, towels, curtains, blankets, etc.), books, toys, games, etc. Small appliances and electronics in good working order, such as blenders, mixers, radios, etc. are also accepted. Furniture donations require special, advance arrangements for pick up. Click here for a complete list of items we accept and do not accept.
For items we don’t accept such as electronics, TVs, large appliances and hazardous materials, please visit the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) website.
RIRRC offers free recycling of home computer equipment and cellular phones to Rhode Island residents. Residents can recycle computers, monitors, mouse pointers, hard drives, modems, scanners, laptops, printers, cellular phones and all other related equipment at Resource Recovery's facility in Johnston or at one of the scheduled satellite collections.
We do pick up furniture. You must call and schedule an appointment specifically for furniture. Please call 401.921.2434.
For all car, truck or boat donations, please call 1.800.710.9145.
Yes! Please visit our Financial Donation page to make a secure, online donation directly to the organization. Or, you may write a check payable to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State and mail it to:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State
1540 Pontiac Avenue, Suite 1
Cranston, RI 02920
All clothing should be placed in bags and labeled "Big Sisters" ("Big Brothers Big Sisters" in CT). Dishes and any other breakable items should be packed in boxes as if you were moving. Small miscellaneous household items should be packed in a box, sealed, and labeled. In bad weather, place items in a plastic garbage bag, then tie the bag, and label it.
Your donation should be placed outside in a visible place: e.g., front porch, front steps, side porch, sidewalk, driveway, by the garage, by the mailbox, in a lobby, or in a vestibule.
No, our drivers are not permitted to enter homes. We ask that you bag or box your items, label them “for Big Sisters” and place them outside by 7:00 am for the driver to pick up.
Your donation will be picked up sometime between 7:00 am and dusk. Because our drivers stop at more than 100 houses per day, we cannot tell you the specific time when we will pick up your donation. Please place your donations outside by 7:00 am, as you may be our first stop. Again, please label your bags/boxes so our drivers will take the correct bags.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. You may call the Donation Center at 401-921-2434 or 1-877-7-CLOTHES (1.877.725.6843) between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm. A Customer Service Representative will identify the problem and reschedule your pick-up as quickly as possible.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Our drivers are not allowed to leave a receipt in your mailbox due to federal regulations. The drivers may place the receipt in a storm or screen door, affix it to the front mat, etc. In the event you cannot locate the receipt, please email us or call 401-921-2434 and a Customer Service Representative will be happy to assist you.
Absolutely! Please have them contact us directly to schedule a pickup that is convenient for them by calling 401-921-2434 or 1-877-7-CLOTHES (1.877.725.6843).