You know the feeling of going through your closets and realizing just how many blouses and pairs of pants you have not worn in the past few months. Many times, we keep buying new clothes and forget about the dresses and other pieces we have in the closet at home. Maybe you were at the store and saw a huge sale on dresses and pants and you decided to buy more articles of clothing because they were a good price. But the catch is that you did not need them, and now you are looking to give them away as charity clothing donations.
It happens to all of us, and there are several different reasons why we would have old clothes. Sometimes we just end up going on diets and losing a lot of weight, which makes our old clothes no longer fit us. The good part about this is that all of those clothes can find a great home and help improve the lives of others. Here are three ways how charity clothing donations help!
1. It helps the environment
According to research, 2.5 billion pounds of fabric were kept from the landfills by used-clothing purchases in 2006 alone. That’s a whole lot of fabric that didn’t get thrown into the earth! Textiles do not break down like plastics and glass bottles that can be recycled, and the only way to keep them out of the landfill is to reuse them. Charity clothing donations allow for other who are less fortunate be able to buy these clothes at a reduced rate. This is especially important during the cold months when everybody needs more layers of clothing to stay warm.
2. Other can have them for less money
Charitable clothing donations give others the chance to buy the articles they need to be able to stay warm, have pajamas for sleeping, or even to find clothes that they can wear for work or as a uniform. Clothing can be very expensive, and used clothing allows for those who might not have the money to go to the department store and buy clothes new. Suits and skirts and other dresses and articles of clothing can be very expensive depending on where you go to buy these, and many people who are tired of their old clothes or no longer fit into them give them away in very good condition.
3. You help children and families
Above all else, by giving your old clothes away you give other young children and families the ability to buy good quality clothing for less. This means that they are able to stay warm during the winter when everyone needs more layers of clothing when it is raining or snowing outside. This is also a very popular time to give, as one survey found that 42.7% of those surveyed gave more during the holidays than any other time during the year. While the holidays are full of joy, it also tends to be much, much colder out.
It is admirable to think that about 5 billion pounds of clothing are donated by Americans each year. That is incredible! Are you thinking of giving some used clothing donations in the near future? Let us know what you’re planning on donating in the comments below. Let’s do good together!