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What is the Compassion Closet?

UAB's Compassion Closet was created in the fall of 2022 with the mission to "discharge with dignity" by meeting a gap in the care of trauma and emergency patients.

Trauma patients have their clothing removed or cut off to allow for first responders or physicians to quickly examine their injuries. Emergency patients may have had their clothes damaged or soiled to due to a health event. Unless these patients have friends or family able to bring them clean clothes, they leave the hospital in thin paper scrubs.

The Compassion Closet meets this need by ensuring patients whose clothes have been damaged due to trauma or emergency treatment are discharged from the hospital in clean and weather-appropriate clothing. The closet features new clothing and shoes provided by community donations.

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You can support the mission of the Compassion Closet with a tax-deductible financial gift.

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Current Needs

The Compassion Closet is currently accepting donations of NEW, preferably dark colored clothing in the following categories:

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Urgently needed:

  • Jackets
  • Sweatshirts
  • Underwear
  • Bras
  • Socks
  • Winter Hats
  • Winter Gloves
  • Shoes
  • Belts

Still accepting:

  • Shirts
  • Pants
  • Shorts
  • Dresses

Donation Locations

See below for the locations of our three donation bins. You'll see the white bin wrapped in our Compassion Closet logo, with a donation form in a folder on top. Make sure to fill out the form - your donation of new clothing is tax-deductible! 


Building Floor & Office
Spain Wallace            Floor 1 - Volunteer Services
North Pavilion            Floor 2 - UAB Hospital Information Desk - across from the Starbucks 
Volker Hall            Floor 1 - Suite 102 - Medical Student Services


We are beyond grateful to our stakeholders and partners who have helped make the Compassion Closet a success:

  • Patients
  • Volunteer Services
  • Emergency Department Nursing
  • Emergency Department Care Transitions
  • Emergency Department and Trauma Physicians
  • UAB Emergency Services
  • UAB Heersink School of Medicine
  • Division of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
  • Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Care Closet at Children’s Hospital of Alabama

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Contact UAB's Compassion Closet at compassion@uab.edu.

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