The Open Door Closet started as a modest wig and clothing drive, that grew into a robust collection or clothing, shoes, accessories, wigs, and toiletries that we are able to make available to students right in the SAGE Center. Students may need to utilize the Open Door Closet for a variety of reasons at various periods during their time at Southern and are always welcome to come to get items, no questions asked. Students can access the Open Door Closet by stopping by the SAGE Center in the Adanti Student Center room 324, and a member of our team can direct them to the closet so that they can retrieve the items that they need. Students can also call the SAGE Center at 203.392.8989 to inquire about particular items of need, and a member of our team can notify the student of the availability of the requested item. If the item is available, we can put it aside for the student for pick-up in the SAGE Center.
How to Donate
To donate clothes or toiletries, you can bring items to the SAGE Center (ASC 324) or to the Office of Student Conduct & Civic Responsibility (ENB222). You can also contact the SAGE Center at 203.392.8989, and a member of our team will gladly pick up your donation from your on-campus location.
The following items are accepted:
- Professional Attire
- Casual Wear
- Warm Clothes
- Liquid Soap
- Hair Care Products
- Shaving cream
- Costume Jewelry
- Hair Ties
- Bobby Pins
- Socks (New)
Please no undergarments or items in need of extensive repairs or cleaning.
Placing clothes in a trash bag or other plastic bag is appreciated, but not required.
Reasons to Donate
We have students who experience homelessness and scarcity of resources.
Many students may experience homelessness, food insecurity, and general scarcity of resources during their time at the university. Your donation could help ease the burden of students so that they can focus on their academics and persist to their degree.
Our Students Are Seeking Internships and Careers
Our students are applying for internships and professional positions and may not have the resources to purchase attire for the position they are seeking. Even if we don’t have an item in stock, we can assist students in identifying resources to construct an outfit for their professional endeavors.
Donating Items Reduces Greenhouse Gases
According to the EPA, on average, it costs $45 per ton to dispose of waste in a landfill. Clothing that is dumped at the landfill breaks down and emits the greenhouse gases methane and carbon dioxide that harm the environment
Most of the Items You Throw Away Can Be Repurposed
On average, American families throw out almost 70 pounds of clothes per year. More than 95% of this clothing could have been reused and upcycled.
It Saves Landfill Space
In addition to the greenhouse gasses, landfills are a tremendous financial burden to tax payers and municipalities. Every year, 12 million tons of clothing ends up in landfills where they take up a massive amount of very expensive space. Landfills cost millions of dollars to build and millions more every year to operate. Recycling keeps landfill costs down for cities, thereby increasing their available budget for other municipal needs.
Donating Your Clothing Conserves Energy
It takes a lot of energy to produce clothing; every item goes through a complex manufacturing process that uses an extraordinary amount of electricity and water. By recycling clothes when they are no longer wanted, you ensure that all that energy doesn’t simply go to waste.
Even though you can’t put your clothes into your curbside-recycling bin, recycling them has never been easier.
Considerations for Donating
Consider saving and donating the toiletries from a hotel stay
Consider buying toiletries and accessories from the Dollar Tree
Follow the one year rule- If you haven’t worn or used a particular item in the last year, consider donating to a student in need!