Have you gone through your closet lately? Have you taken a look at all of the clothes and shoes you no longer wear? Chances are, you look at them and think you might wear them again some day, but you know in the back of your mind that you won’t. You can’t. You literally have too many things to wear and yet there always seems to be nothing to wear. You stare at an old tie and that pair of shoes you only wore once to the company Christmas party and the thought crosses your might to find a clothing drop off center. Well, the next time that thought comes to mind, think about it for just a moment longer before you forget.
Throwing your old clothes away might seem like the easiest way to get them out of your closet and clean out some space. It probably would be the easiest thing to do, but since we’ve paused to think about it, consider this. In 2006 alone, 2.5 billion clothes that would have gone into the landfills were purchased in used clothing shops, many of which use the proceeds for charitable causes.
Clothing drop off and donation pick up make a serious difference in the lives of folks struggling with all kinds of issues. Your donations will help in ways that you can’t even imagine. All from that simple decision you made donating clothing to charity. Donations for non profit organizations do more than clothe the less fortunate. The proceeds made from selling used clothing back out into the public can be used in a wide variety of places.
If you want to donate clothes and while you sort through find items that no longer look like they can be worn, don’t let that stop you. Virtually 100% of clothing and household textiles can be recycled, regardless of their condition. When you think about the fact that the average American will through away almost 70 pounds of linen, clothing, and other kinds of textiles every year, you realize what a waste that is. Especially when wounded veterans charities can make such great use of the clothing and other materials.
Nowadays, the average American will buy twice as many pieces of clothing as they did a mere 10 years ago. Clothing is being made so much more inexpensively and purchasing those goods has been much cheaper to do. We wear our clothes and discard what we no longer like by moving it back into the depths of the closet. The next time you find yourself digging around in those depths, pull out those mom jeans and that Santa tie. Take them to the clothing drop off center. The are still useful.
One other thing you might like to know about charitable donations is that they are tax right offs. If you’re looking to save some money on your taxes at the end of the year, donate now. Donate as soon as you can but make sure you get and save your receipt.