Don’t Throw Out Your Old Clothing Donate It To a Worthy Cause
About 70% of people give something to charity each year. While many people choose to write a check, most donate something to a charity. One of the most common donations to charities is clothing. Giving clothing to charities is popular for a number of reasons. It’s easy to do and most clothing doesn’t have much resale value anyway. People also give clothing to charity to make sure it is reused and not just thrown away. There are a number of organizations that used clothing donations. Here are a few of the largest and most popular.
Probably the most well-known place to donate your old clothing is to Goodwill. This large, nationwide charity sells donated items, including clothing, in its network of stores. Not only does selling the clothing help Goodwill raise money, it also allows the organization to provide jobs to people who need them. Each store employs several people, and Goodwill strives to hire people who might not otherwise be able to get a job. You can drop off clothes and other items at Goodwill stores or at specified drop boxes.
The Salvation Army is another well-known organization that takes clothing donations. Like Goodwill, the Salvation Army also runs thrift stores and raises money through them to help fund its charity. The Salvation Army has drop-off points for donations, and it also will come to your home to pick up items.
Veterans organizations are also among the most-common takers of used clothing. Some veterans organizations sell their donations in their own thrift stores, while others sell the donated items to for-profit thrift stores. Some organizations also simply collect clothing to hand it out to the roughly 565,000 homeless people nationwide.
One organization that you might not have considered for a clothing donation is the American Red Cross. American Red Cross clothing donations are sold to thrift stores to raise money for the charity. American Red Cross clothing donations can be dropped off at a specified Green Drop location. The Red Cross also will come to your home to pick up clothing.
Donating clothes is an easy way to get rid of your unwanted items while also helping those who are in need. If you keep track of the value of what you have donated, you also may be able to get a tax deduction, giving you an additional reason to make a donation.