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Are You Looking for a Place to Donate Clothing?

Donations for military families

The discussion with your two teenage daughters this morning was insightful. While you were finishing making them scrambled eggs on this second to last week of summer, the conversation turned to school clothes and what each of them were planning to wear for the first day back to class. That topic prompted you to mention again the need for both of your daughters to spend time organizing their closets before the busyness of school started again. That lead to talks about whether the girls should take their unworn extra clothing to one of the area resale stores, or if they should just donate the items they were no longer using.
Your older daughter pointed out that while it was nice to get the little bit of cash from the clothing resale stores, it made more sense to donate their still nice clothing to groups that were known for helping families in need. Sparked with a new level of excitement, the girls left the breakfast table determined to tackle their over crowded closets and dresser drawers. They were determined to keep only the things that they loved and would wear and to donate the other items to a local group that is well known for helping families in need. The girls were certain that just as they were excited about planning outfits for the first day of school, there were also children in less fortunate families who were looking for options as well. Your two daughters hoped that their unused clothing items could be put to use by many others who were less fortunate.
Quite a breakfast!
Household and Clothing Donations Can Help Families Who Are Struggling to Make Ends Meet
Charitable clothing donations can help the families of veterans, families living in shelters, and families who are trying to recover from a fire or natural disaster. As more and more Americans realize that the items that they no longer use can be put to a better use by those in need, it is possible that more and more school children will be excited about their first day of school outfits.
Whether your clothing donations go to help military families or homeless families, your items are far better in the hands of those in need that stuffed in your closet and not being used. Donating clothing is not a new idea. In fact, ten years ago in the year 2007, an estimated $5.8 billion worth of clothing related donations were made to charity foundations in the U.S. Since statistics indicate that there are even more people who are financially struggling, it should be apparent that more are also in need of these valuable clothing donations.
Even if you do not thing that your used clothing is of value to you any more, it is important to know that charities known for helping families in need can always find a use for what they are given. Did you know, for instance, that 80% of donated clothing in the U.S. is used by charitable organizations for donation to the needy, and for funding. Clothing and textiles that are not usable, can be recycled and kept out of landfills.
What do you plan to talk to your children about during breakfast? Maybe you can motivate them to get ready for school by cleaning out their closets and donated their unused clothes to those in need.

4 Easy Ways to Help Those in Need

Children in need clothing

The whole idea of minimalism has become quite a popular concept in this day and age. Having tons of stuff doesn’t quite have the appeal that it used to. In fact, if you do have a lot of materials things, there are so many articles, blogs, bill boards, commercials and books that encourage you to get rid of these things. If you live in the same place for any period of time, it’s easy to end up collecting things over time. It may not even be that you went out and spent tons of money on it. It’s just a process of collecting things. Before you know it, your house is cluttered and your storage areas are full. When there are so many military families and other people in need, it’s almost a little selfish to hold on to all of these items that we barely use. Here are a few things that you can do if you are interested in helping families in need.

Charitable Donations
There are many organizations that help out military families and the homeless and other people in need. If you have some gently used items, donate them. Look into the different charity organizations in your area and find out which one most closely fits your belief systems and values. If you believe i what the charity is doing and is about, it will motivate you to donate more regularly. Military families aren’t the only ones in need. There are far too many people in America alone that are struggling to survive from one day to the next. Clothes in particular are a difficult thing for a lot of under privileged families to get their hands on. Try going through your closet and putting everything that you don’t wear or doesn’t fit or haven’t worn for months or even forgot that you had into a box and take it down to your local charity or have them pick it up. Not only will you be helping a good cause but you’ll feel a weight lifted off of your own shoulders.

Yard Sale
If you need to make a little money yourself then holding a yard sale could be mutually beneficial. Sometimes needy families will prefer to shop at thrift stores and yard sales for the things they need instead of taking the hand out from the government or charities. These people are the ones that are desperately trying to stay afloat as well as maintain their dignity. It can be difficult to be in this position but being able to pay for what you have, even if it’s just a couple of dollars can restore dignity and hope. Many people want to earn everything they have so having a yard sale would be helpful to these kinds of people.

Giveaways
If you go through your house and find that you have a lot of things that you don’t need you could use them as giveaways. Pick a family that you know is in need of certain things and give them to them yourself. If you think they might be embarrassed then box it up and just leave it on their porch or patio as an anonymous gift. They will be able to be grateful without feeling ashamed that someone had to help them out like that.

Recycling
While recycling isn’t going to help a family in need directly, it helps every family on the planet. It’s a way of investing in the future generations.

Helping others, be it military families or your own family is a great thing to do. No one likes to be in a place where they have to reach out for assistance but knowing that there is going to be someone to answer that call is sometimes what can give a hurting family hope. If you have never been in this situation then it’s hard for you to imagine the pain that they are going through. All they want to do is provide for those that are relying on them. Do you part and help out these precious families with all you can. You may not have time to volunteer or money to donate but your clothes donations or cheap sales could be just the thing that someone was looking for.