Donating Your Clothes
As spring approaches, many of us feel compelled to do some spring cleaning. If you have clothes that you no longer wear and are looking for a use for them, consider donating them to one of the following places.
- Thrift Stores: Thrift stores provide low-cost items to the public while also raising money for charity. You can give your items to nearly any thrift store and they will sort the clothes and price them accordingly.
- Local Charities: Consider donating clothes to local churches, homeless shelters, or other charities. Places like these are often in need of gently-used clothes and can distribute them to those in need.
- Clothing Drives: Many charities and churches hold specific campaigns for the collection of clothes. You may even be able to find online listings for clothing drives in your local area.
- Donor Closets: This concept has been popularized by school systems, churches, and other community organizations. Donor Closets allow community members to donate gently used clothes which are then made available to those in need.
- Recycling Programs: You may also be able to donate your clothes to be recycled. Many clothing makers and retailers have begun offering clothes recycling programs which take old clothes and repurpose them into new items.
When considering where to donate clothing, it’s important to remember that as long as your clothing is in good condition, there is a need for it. Many charities, churches, and other organizations are always looking for donations of clothes, so don’t hesitate to give them away to a good cause.