Photo Courtesy of Jon Beyerle, On Camber Creative

Our mission is to provide clothing to those in need and to provide a local donation facility for our community.

Lydia’s Loft opened it’s doors on Feb 10, 2004.  We provide clothing to those in need, free of charge. Our residents reside primarily in Northern Mecklenburg and Southern Iredell counties, however, our doors are open to all.


Lydia’s Loft is the perfect recycling center for residents who wish to donate their unneeded clothing items. There are many in our community who are unable to purchase what is needed for themselves and their families. Here at Lydia’s, we put the two together and everyone benefits!



Effective January 15, 2024 we will no longer be accepting paper/emailed referrals. ALL referrals must be submitted through our on-line referral system. Agencies that wish to submit referrals , please visit our Ministry Partners page for more information and to register your organization.  


Lydia’s Loft will be closed for the Holiday weekend May 24-27. We will reopen Tuesday May 28 at 9am.  Please note donations are gratefully accepted during our hours of operation only. Thank you for your support. 

DESPERATE NEED!  Lydia’s Loft has desperate need for the following items:
Boys summer clothing size Large(10/12)
Boys summer clothing size XL (14/16/18)
Men’s summer clothing size Small
Men’s summer clothing size Medium
Children’s shoes (especially larger sizes 13 and above)
Donations gratefully accepted during our hours of operation! 


Photo Courtesy of Jon Beyerle, On Camber Creative

“Be a star in someone’s dark sky”

-Matshonda Dhliwayo

For Our Clients

  • In order to visit Lydia’s Loft, clients must obtain a referral requesting assistance.
  • A referral may be obtained from one of our ministry partners, public service organization, church pastor, or guidance counselor or social worker from a child’s school, etc. 
  • ALL referrals must be submitted through the on-line referral system. 
  • Effective January 15, 2024 paper/emailed referrals will no longer be accepted. 
  • A referral is valid for 30 days from the date of issue.
  • A photo ID and a referral are required for clients to shop at Lydia’s Loft. 
  • Clients may shop every once 60 days. 
  • A new referral is required for every visit.

Volunteer Opportunities

  •  Lydia’s Loft is always looking for volunteers to assist on a regular basis. We are looking for volunteers to assist with sorting, stocking the house, stocking the garage, hauling bags/boxes, and heavy lifting. 
  •  Lydia’s Loft welcomes any school groups looking to complete community service hours.  There must be an adult from the organization present to supervise anyone under the age of 16.
  • Lydia’s Loft welcomes any church group, corporate organization, or community group looking to complete special work days or special volunteer opportunities. 
  • Lydia’s Loft welcomes individuals needing to complete court-ordered community service hours.
  • Visit our Contact Us page to inquire about any volunteer and service hour opportunities.

Photo Courtesy of Jon Beyerle, On Camber Creative

“The volunteers at Lydia’s Loft are dedicated and compassionate in their work to serve others in the community. We have a great team of volunteers and a generous community.  It’s what keeps our doors open”

– Darlene O’Toole, 18 year Lydia’s Volunteer