The holiday season is fast-approaching, and the giving spirit is permeating communities throughout the country. When you’re making a gift list this year, consider the value of charitable donations and how much of an impact your goodwill can have on the holiday experience of the less fortunate.
expect. Your clothing donations are often some of the only gifts that less fortunate families have to exchange, and you’d be surprised at how many people in your area depend on these donations to have a normal holiday Continue Reading
Do you have a pile of old clothes in a closet at home you have been meaning to take to one of the charity organizations in your area? It is likely you do; Americans are responsible for approximately 4.7 billion pounds of clothing donations annually. There are all sorts of organizations that use donations, from helping former convicts get back on their feet to charities for wounded soldiers.
Some estimates claim Americans throw away or donate about 68 pounds of worn clothing each year. That’s quite an amount to toss away instead of giving to someone else. Many charities have a truck for donation pickup, making things much easier. You do not even nee Continue Reading
It’s that time. It’s well into spring, and that means it’s time to look at your home — including the garage, the spare room, and any closets full to bursting — with a critical eye. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be the equivalent of a purge, however. In fact, there are several steps you can take to declutter and clean your home while throwing away as little as possible and reducing your environmental impact. Here are just a few:
Rethink Traditional Cleaning Products
“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] names phosphorus, nitrogen, ammonia and chemicals grouped under the term ‘Volatile Organic Compounds’ as the worst environmental hazards in household cleaners,” according toThe San Francisco Chronicle. If you pick up everyday items like all-purpose cleaners, glass cleaners, and more, the chances are pretty high that you have used and continue to use cleaning products with these dangerous chemicals. Even typical use of these cleaning agents may end up contaminating the fresh water supply, which can — in turn — contaminate produce and farm products. There is a better way, and it’s cheaper, too!
Common items like vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice can be used alone, combined with water, or sometimes mixed together to create powerful, effective, and environmentally friendly cleaning agents. Vinegar can easily clean toilets and pots and pans, and baking soda creates a good scrub or deodorizer for the refrigerator or household carpets.
Take A Few Extra Minutes When Cleaning Out The Closet
Everyday clothes and linens account for 5% of the waste in U.S. landfills, and — worse — 90% of this waste could have easily been recycled and donated to help those in need. Set aside lightly used clothing, and look into nearby places to donate clothes. In some cases, you may even be able to save a trip; there are plenty of charities that will pick up charitable clothing donations. And if tidying up the closet and helping families in need isn’t enough incentive for you, you can often write these donations off on your taxes. As many as 1,507,231 organizations that accept donations are tax-exempt. Ask for a receipt, keep it, and enjoy the break on next year’s taxes.
It’s time for spring cleaning. Do it without a hugely negative impact on the environment. Choose baking soda and vinegar over chemical cleaners, and find nearby places to donate clothes instead of simply tossing them.
Most of us — if not all of us — have clothing we no longer wear. Clothing that no longer fit us, that are no longer in style, or has simply been discarded behind the closet, never to emerge again. Clothing like this may not mean much to us but for the 600,000 thousand men, women, and children who are homeless in America, they mean much, much more.
If you have clothing you no longer wear, what better thing to do with them than to donate them to people who could truly used them? Charitable clothing donations are a generous token of respect and acknowledgement of those who have no home to go to. The homeless struggle everyday to survive and in many cases t Continue Reading
Making charitable donations will obviously leave you with a good feeling, but is good will really the only motivating factor that people have? You have to clean everything out, determine what to throw and what’s actually acceptable, load it in your car, haul it down, and then give it away. As much good as local clothing donations do to society, some people just need a little bit more motivation.
Here are a few facts to help motivate you to get out and make some local clothing donations to help your community!
Cleanliness Is Next to Godliness.
Making local clothing donations out Continue Reading