The Do’s and Don’ts of Donating Clothes to a Veteran Charities

Charity donations

Christmas may still be a ways away, but that doesn’t mean you can’t show your appreciation and support for military families, troops, and veterans by making charitable donations to veterans charities right now. While organizations that help military families and veterans usually receive the bulk of their donations and volunteer work during the busy winter holiday season, you can find ways to give back all year long.

Now that spring is officially here, clothing donations are a perfect way to donate to veteran charities. So while you’re doing your spring cleaning, take a moment to set aside the gently used clothing that you no longer need or wear. While all kinds of clothing donations are accepted, business casual and professional attire is especially important, as veterans tend to have slightly higher rates of unemployment compared to civilians and non-veterans.

Clothing donations are an excellent way to support the military and veteran communities, but did you also know they can save the environment? It’s estimated that the average American household discards an average of about 68 pounds of clothing each year. However, nearly 99% of all clothing that is thrown away could have been donated or recycled in some way.

Veterans charities are busy throughout the year, therefore it’s important to prepare your clothing for donation in order to expedite the process of getting the clothes to military families and veterans in need. First, it’s important to wash or dry clean the clothes you plan donating. While veterans charities will accept clothes that aren’t clean, these are typically turned into cloths or rags. Before donating, the clothes should also be neatly folded.

Also, many charities provide specific donation bags for their donation pick up service. This allow you to donate at a time that is convenient for you by placing the bag outside your home or office. Be sure the bag is properly sealed in the event it rains or even snows.