Clothing Services

Clara’s Closet Clothing Program

Lunch Break Clara’s Closet is a compassionate, community-driven effort dedicated to collecting, sorting, and sharing gently worn clothing with individuals who need it most. Initiated by generous donations from the public, these garments are carefully categorized by our devoted team and volunteers according to type, size, and season. We conduct a thorough inspection to ensure each piece is clean and intact, repurposing or recycling any items that don’t meet our standards. Clara’s Closet aids those in need while promoting waste reduction through clothing reuse.

Our store, designed to be both inviting and plentiful, allows guests to browse and select clothes. By partnering with various community groups, Lunch Break Clara’s Closet amplifies its reach and impact, hosting events to bolster awareness and foster community involvement. It provides numerous volunteer opportunities, nurturing a spirit of social responsibility. Clara’s Closet is named in memory of Clara Marie Nelson, a twenty year volunteer who served as the first clothing coordinator.

Want to Donate Clothing?

Cleaned and lightly used seasonal clothing donations are accepted Monday – Friday from 10:00am – 2:00pm and Saturdays 9:00am-12:00pm at 121 Drs. James Parker Boulevard in Red Bank, NJDonors will be asked to leave their name and phone information when making a donation. Anonymous and after hours donations will not be accepted. No appointment necessary for donating clothing! Thank you for always thinking of us.

For any questions or concerns, please contact Fatima Carranza at (732) 747-8577, Ext. 3016 or e-mail fcarranza@lunchbreak.org.

Donation Guidelines

  • Seasonal Clothing is best!

  • We DO accept towels, linens and bedding.

  • Clothes must be clean – watch out for pet hair!

  • Please NO books, toys, car seats or furniture.

  • Donations are only accepted during designated hours.

We Only Accept In-Season Clothing Donations.

  • Athletic Wear (sweatpants and hoodies)

  • Work Boots

  • Sneakers

  • New Underwear

  • New Bras

  • Men’s Clothing (especially sizes small and medium)

  • T-Shirts

  • Coats

  • Winter Wear

  • Children’s Clothing

    Need Clothing?

    Clara’s Closet Clothing in Red Bank
    121 Drs. James Parker Boulevard, Red Bank, NJ

    Shopping Hours:
    Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
    10:00am-1:00pm
    Wednesdays
    10:00am-5:00pm
    Saturdays
    9:00am-12:00pm

    Clara’s Closet Clothing at Brookdale Community College
    765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ
    MAN 214, Lincroft

    Shopping Hours:
    Tuesdays and Thursdays
    10:00am – 1:00pm
    Wednesdays
    10:00am – 5:00pm

    Shopping Guidelines:

    • Individuals may visit twice a month with the exception of emergencies.

    • There will be a daily limit on items you can take. Please do not exceed the daily limits.

      • Upon checkout, your selections will be reviewed and you may be asked to make returns if the daily limit is exceeded.

      • Please take only what you need and be mindful of your neighbor’s needs.

      • Please be kind to our volunteers.

      Watch Clara’s Closet In Action

      Clara’s Closet is named in memory of Clara Marie Nelson. Clara volunteered with Lunch Break for twenty years and served as the first clothing coordinator.

      Shoppers have the opportunity to come in and shop for themselves and their family members.

      All items are free of charge! No appointment necessary.

       

      Suit Up For Success

      Lunch Break’s Suit Up For Success is dedicated to empowering individuals entering or re-entering the workforce, offering essential support by providing appropriate attire for job interviews. Our mission centers around bolstering the long-term success and confidence of those seeking employment, particularly aiding those facing financial challenges or transitioning from difficult situations. Our unique approach involves welcoming guests to Clara’s Closet, an inviting boutique-like space where individuals can comfortably browse and try on a variety of professional clothes. In addition to offering a wide selection of suits, dresses, skirts, blouses, trousers, shoes, and accessories suitable for a professional setting, we also provide the invaluable services of volunteer stylists and advisors. These experts assist with outfit fitting and coordination, ensuring our guests leave feeling confident and interview-ready. Furthermore, the program fosters beneficial partnerships with local businesses, which not only contribute to our clothing donations but also create potential job opportunities for the individuals we serve. This holistic approach not only addresses immediate apparel needs but also opens doors to future employment possibilities, making a significant impact in the lives of those we help.


      Annual Prom Drive and Giveaway

      The Lunch Break Annual Prom Drive and Giveaway is a heartfelt initiative aimed at helping high school students experience a memorable prom night, a significant milestone, irrespective of their financial background. We gather a variety of gently-used or new prom dresses, suits, shoes, and accessories in diverse styles and sizes to ensure every student finds their ideal match. Our event is supported by a dedicated team of volunteers who organize and manage donations, as well as assist students in selecting their outfits. Additionally, stylists are available to provide fashion advice and minor on-site alterations, guaranteeing a perfect fit. We recommend that students register in advance for a personalized experience. For information on registration, donations, volunteering, or any queries, please reach out to Fatima Carranza at fcarranza@lunchbreak.org. We invite you to join us in transforming prom night into a spectacular, inclusive, and unforgettable occasion for our community’s youth. Your involvement, whether by attending, donating, or volunteering, plays a crucial role in creating a night of joy and celebration for many deserving students.

      We welcome the community to come by our Clara’s Closet locations for their professional and stylish needs!

      • Work Attire
      • Job Interviews
      • Weddings
      • Special Events
      • Sweet Sixteens
      • Quinceañeras

      We are happy to help with your clothing needs. For more information, contact Fatima Carranza at (732) 747-8577, Ext. 3016, fcarranza@lunchbreak.org Thank you!