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Learn All the Benefits of Purple Heart Clothing Donations

purple heart clothing donationDid you know that you can make a difference in someone’s life simply by donating something that you don’t use anymore? In addition to helping someone, you can declutter your home and improve the environment. You can do all this by donating something that you probably throw away without much thought or consideration.

In the United States, 10.5 million tons of clothes end up in landfills each year. On average, individual Americans throw away 70 pounds of clothes, linens, and other textiles each year. Many do not realize these items can be recycled. Additionally, many do not realize all the benefits of buying clothes from resale stores. For example, there are resale shops run by non-profits for veteran groups that allow you to make purple heart clothing donations. You can check your area to schedule a purple heart donation pick up if that is something that appeals to you.

There are numerous resale stores owned and run by non-profits. This means that the money made from clothing purchases goes to help others. Additionally, donating used clothes to non-profit resale shops fills their stores and enables them to make money from the sales. For example, purple heart clothing donations will provide inventory for purple heart resale stores, and the profit from store sales goes to the non-profit running the store.

In 2006 alone, over 2.5 billion pounds of fabric were donated to resale shops and kept out of landfills. Despite this impressive amount, the average American only donates approximating 25% of their used clothes. The majority of used clothes and other textiles are still going to landfills.

Donating your used clothes can support a non-profit and reduce landfill waste, which effectively reduces your carbon footprint. However, there are still more benefits to donating your used clothes. When donating to a non-profit that is granted tax-exempt status under section 501© of the Internal Revenue Code, you’ll be able to use your donation as a tax deduction.

According to IRS rules, you need to have a qualified appraisal of any single item if you are deducting more than $500. Otherwise, you can simply have a tax write off form/receipt from the charity to provide with your taxes when filing. If you have questions regarding charitable tax deductions, you can consult a certified accountant before filing your taxes.

So, how do you get started? Decluttering your closet is the first but often hardest step when you decide to donate your used clothes to charity. You can start by pulling out all the clothes that do not fit you. Then move on to any items that you have not worn in over six months. Depending on where you live you may have seasonal clothes that you haven’t worn in six months. However, if you go through an entire season and have seasonal clothes that you do not wear, you can likely get rid of them.

Finally, go through your remaining clothes and pull out anything you simply don’t love. It could be something that is in good condition and fits you fine, but you just don’t like wearing it for one reason or another.

Encourage your family members to go through their clothes as well. Getting rid of clothes you n longer need or don’t wear can create a huge sense of relief because it will reduce clutter and clear up space in your closet and dresser. You won’t have to look as long for the items you do love to wear, and you won’t have to worry about finding space for new clothes.

Purple heart clothing donations or clothing donations to any non-profit resale store will reduce waste and clutter, reduce your carbon footprint, benefit you financially when filing your taxes and help a worthy cause. There is really no reason not to donate your used clothes. In addition to allowing you to schedule a pickup, purple heart clothing donations can be made at a number of drop-off locations.

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You can call us anytime. (203) 285-8692 My name is Alice Jennings. I am a working mother of two young boys, Jim and Joey. My husband travels a lot for work and I handle most of the household "stuff". I created this site to share my ideas for family dinners. At first that's all that it was, but over time I have had requests and questions about other family issues and products. This is very much a work in progress. I plan to let this site grow and continue to help all my readers and contributors.

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Keep Your Spring Cleaning Environmentally Friendly

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.

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You can call us anytime. (203) 285-8692 My name is Alice Jennings. I am a working mother of two young boys, Jim and Joey. My husband travels a lot for work and I handle most of the household "stuff". I created this site to share my ideas for family dinners. At first that's all that it was, but over time I have had requests and questions about other family issues and products. This is very much a work in progress. I plan to let this site grow and continue to help all my readers and contributors.

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Donating to Charity During the Holidays What You Can Do Even if Money is Tight

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The United States is one of the wealthiest nations in the world, but unfortunately, there are huge disparities in income for many Americans. As a result, many communities have individuals and families that need assistance and rely on the kindness of others.

One time of the year that is especially difficult for many families is the holidays. Many families are unable to afford basic necessities and are unable to think at all about presents. Fortunately, many charity organizations fill in the gaps necessary for helping families in need, and they receive donations from community members.

In monetary terms, total charitable giving in the United States is over $316 billion annually as of 2012. However, research has also shown that only around 70% of people in the U.S. give to charity each yea Continue Reading

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You can call us anytime. (203) 285-8692 My name is Alice Jennings. I am a working mother of two young boys, Jim and Joey. My husband travels a lot for work and I handle most of the household "stuff". I created this site to share my ideas for family dinners. At first that's all that it was, but over time I have had requests and questions about other family issues and products. This is very much a work in progress. I plan to let this site grow and continue to help all my readers and contributors.

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