Finding Free Clothing After a House Fire?

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The first organization to contact, after a house fire, is the Red Cross. Other options for finding free clothing are craigslist, freecycle, and Your local church might also be helpful. This is a page about finding free clothing after a house fire.


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February 28, 2018

How can I get men's clothes for free? I lost everything in a fire.


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February 28, 20181 found this helpful
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The red cross will give you a voucher to buy a set of clothes to start off with. You can try to visit a few thrift stores to see if you can find some really inexpensive clothes. Other than this you'll need to go to Freecycle or talk with a church in your area. Maybe a few people would help you out and donate some clothes for you.

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February 28, 20180 found this helpful
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I am sorry to hear about the house fire and you lost everything. 24/7 Red Cross can help. Last time my sister lost everything, they gave her $500 gift card to get back on her feet.


You can ask neighbors, friends for some clothing. But you can also find some on Craigslist, charities/churches, some thrift stores will help if you provide them documentation or tell them,

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February 28, 20182 found this helpful

Put an ad in Freecycle or Craigslist. Many churches and the Red Cross can also help

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February 28, 20181 found this helpful

Your best bet here would be with Red Cross or My Nextdoor ALWAYS has free bags of clothing. So sorry this happened. Good luck to you.

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March 1, 20180 found this helpful

If this was a dwelling, did the fire department call the Red Cross?

  • As a general rule, someone with the fire department will call the Red Cross if there were people living in the building.
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  • The Red Cross usually helps fire victims find suitable shelter for a few days and supplies vouchers for food and some clothing so if that was not done then you should contact the Red Cross to see if you qualify for this type of help.
  • Do you have a temporary place to stay? Do you have food and personal items? Will your domicile be repaired or will you have to find a new place to live?
  • Most of these questions will be asked when you ask for help through most of the "charity" organizations as having a place to live may be more important than new clothing.
  • If you have some type of paperwork and ID showing you lived at an address destroyed by fire,
  • and all you need is suitable clothing, then you should be able to go to the offices of Good Will or Salvation Army to get vouchers (usually for 2 complete outfits that will include at least one pair of shoes and a coat if it is still cold weather) to take to their thrift stores.
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  • Church thrift stores will usually try to help with free clothing if you have some sort of documentation and they may help with food also.
  • Craigslist, Freecycle and Nextdoor all have places to ask for help and they are easy to use. You will probably not need any documentation to get help from people on these sites.

Good luck and I hope you have family and friends to help you through all of this.

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May 9, 20181 found this helpful

I have been trying to contact tef cross for a few days and Alli get is a busy singal I have an elderly that's on oxygen and lost all his meds due to this fire and I have been on websites trying to get help and no one will even contact us after we have reached out over and over

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August 30, 20180 found this helpful

I just lost everything also. Medicine etc everything. Also a house fire
I am sorry for your loss. The Red Cross did not give me enough to cover my motel room for 2 days.


I received $100 which I appreciate but was very disappointed. I was told they'd help so much more.

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December 13, 20180 found this helpful

It's that time of year no one can donate or give nothing away ok

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