Interested in Helping Out in Your Community? Here are Four Ways You Can Donate Clothing

Clothing donations for veterans

Have you ever wanted to give used clothing donations, but you’re unsure how to begin? There are plenty of benefits of donating. Not only are you cleaning out your closets and helping families in need, but you’re also helping the planet. Recycling and donating clothing reduces the amount of waste in landfills, which is a great thing considering that up to 5% of waste in U.S. landfills consists of old clothing.

If you’re trying to donate for the first time, though, it can be daunting. Additionally, there are all kinds of charity organizations that you can help, from thrift stores to Purple Heart veterans pick ups. If you’re in the process of researching charities to give to, here are some easy ways you can get started.

1. Secondhand stores: Did you know that up to 20% of clothing donations end up in thrift shops? Many of these stores benefit from donations, and they use the proceeds that the sales earn to help those in need even more. Giving to a secondhand shop is a good way to help out in your community, and they are almost always looking for donations.

2. Shelters: Many shelters require clothing and other goods for the people who are staying with them — or those who may drop in for the charity’s services. Providing warm clothing for those who are in need is a good way to help during the cold months. See if you have any coats, boats, hats, scarves, and gloves that you no longer need.

3. Clothing Drives: A clothing drive is an event where people can drop off clothing that they don’t want to keep. From there, it’s usually donated to a specific cause or it goes to part of a rummage sale (with proceeds helping others). If you have clothing you want to donate, see if there’s a clothing drive happening in your area. If not, see if you can start one.

4. Pick-ups: Many charities will even pick up clothing from your home to give to those in need. One example of this is the Purple Heart Veterans Pick Up, which helps out military veterans. However, there are many other pick ups besides those done by the Purple Heart Veterans pick up, so see if there are others in your area that need your help. Even some thrift stores can come to your house and pick up your donated goods.

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