Charitable clothing donations are a great way to help others, recycle clothes and household textiles that might otherwise end up in landfills, and even clear out room in your closets and drawers. Here’s what you need to know about helping families in need by arranging a charity clothing pickup soon.
- Arranging for a charity clothing pickup can help you open up room in your cluttered home. We’ve all got stuff cluttering up our homes so that at times it seems like we’ll never be able to organize the mess. What often happens is that we keep gathering stuff and more stuff until finally we get frustrated and want to get rid of it all. Then we end up throwing things away that could be going to military families or someone else in need. It ends up in landfills, where it breaks down without enough oxygen and creates greenhouse gases. Instead of tossing everything out, why not arrange a charity clothing pickup and start going through those piles. In 1930, American women owned an average of nine outfits. Today we each own around 30. We’re not wearing all that, so let’s get it to people who can.
- Arranging for a charity clothing pickup can protect the environment. Every day, we generate an average of 4.5 pounds of trash, which translates into 1.5 tons of solid waste every year. About 12 million pounds a year of that is clothing and textiles, and the recovery rate for these items is only a little more than 15%. The EPA estimates that about 75% of all the solid waste we generate, such as textiles, could be recycled, yet only about 30% is recycled. Instead of leaving clothes to lie around unused until they are thrown away and contribute to the enormous national levels of waste, it’s a lot better idea to send them where they’ll go to helping families in need.
- Arranging for a charity clothing pickup can help those with genuine needs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that about 207,000 recent veterans were not able to find any work as of early 2013. Unemployment for veterans is 2% higher than it is for the rest of the population, and the unemployment rate for young veterans between the ages of 18 and 24 was over 20% in 2012. Many veterans and their families are in serious needs of help, and charitable donations are able to use 80% of the clothing and textiles donated to them either to directly give to the needy or for funding to support them in other ways.
There are a lot of good reasons to give to charity, but surely the greatest one of all is the good that it can do for another human being. Donating serviceable clothes and textiles is one of the easiest ways to do good for other people, and it couldn’t be easier than to arrange with charities that pick up donations. Find a charity near you and see how you can be a blessing to others.