Where can I donate clothes?
How can I make a difference?
Fortunately, even those people who have limited financial resources can make a big impact on the lives of others. From making weekly or monthly big ups from restaurants that donate perishable food items to church pantries to volunteering hours at clothing donation collections, there are a number of ways that you can make a difference in your community.
Clothing and houseware donations can make a difference for families who struggle to make it on a monthly basis. And while there are many people who ask, “Where can I donate clothes,” not everyone realized that even if you do not have extra money, food, or clothing to donate you can still make a difference. In fact, a number of church pantries simply need the gift of time. Consider for instance the possible ways that even a one or two hour time donation a month could help a church pantry better serve those in need:
- A one hour commitment once a month to move food items donated by the congregation from the sanctuary area to the food pantry.
- A two hour commitment once a week to check and sort boxed food items by expiration date.
- A one hour commitment once a month to pick up donuts from a local bakery.
- A one hour commitment once a week to restock food pantry shelves the day before the pantry is open.
- A two hour commitment once a week or once a month to greet clients or check them in when they come of the food pantry.
- A two hour commitment once a month to walk pantry shoppers through the pantry space and guide them in selecting items.
Although all cities in all parts of the nation have pockets of poverty, the need for donations of food, clothing, and household items is often the greatest in large cities. In Philadelphia, for example, statistics show that this city has the worst poverty rate among the top 10 largest cities in the U.S. In fact, approximately 440,000 Philadelphia residents currently fall below the federal poverty line. For these families who are struggling to make ends meet, a donation of food and clothing can have a big impact. And even if you do not have many financial resources, you might be able to find a way to help by helping with local donation pick ups and other tasks. The initial question you might ask is, “Where can I donate clothes,” but doing some research you might find that there are many more ways that you can contribute to your community.