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Help Veterans by Making Charitable Clothing Donations

By on February 1, 2017

When to donate clothes

Since the traditional time for spring cleaning is drawing close, many people are likely going through their belongings to prepare to make household donations. You may have seen a number of friends and family members posting on social media sites that are engaged in or encouraging this practice. It’s been shown that 70% of social media users respond to this encouragement. As a result, they a charitable clothing donation or perform another important service such as volunteering their time and expertise.

Every year, people in the United States donate around 4.7 billion pounds of clothing. When considering that the average person buys a minimum of two-times as many clothes as they did 20 years ago, this is not a surprising figure. However, it’s also been shown that only 15% of American recycle or donate their used clothing, 45% of which can usually be re-worn.

When shopping for secondhand clothes, many people choose to purchase these items from charity-sponsored stores such as The Military Order of the Purple Heart. In addition to providing services for disabled veterans and their families, this charitable organization also provides assistance to the blind. Furthermore, they are environmentally conscious and are concerned with the condition of the country’s landfills.

Unfortunately, 10.5 million tons of clothing end up in landfills on an annual basis. In 2006, however, due to people making clothing donations that were purchased by others, 2.5 billion pounds of fabric were kept from collecting in United States’ landfills.

If you’re not sure whether it’s time to let clothes or other potential household donations go, when was the last time you wore or used them? if you haven’t worn or used these items in six months, it’s probably time to let them go. When you live in a one-to-two season climate and haven’t used these items, it’s probably time to donate them so that they can be of benefit to others.

When you’re wondering about the best charities to donate to, it’s important to only give to groups that fall under tax-exempt status. These groups have been granted this status under the Internal Revenue Code 501(c) (3).

In addition to dropping off your household donations, you can also contact GreenDrop to pick them up. As a result of this organization’s efforts, approximately 100 tones of used clothes, electronics, and household goods are prevented from entering landfills. When you make charitable donations to The Military Order of the Purple Heart, you are helping veterans as well as the environment.

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