Americans donate over 4.5 billion pounds of clothing to charities every year, helping fund programs all over the country. Not only does charitable giving in America total over $350 billion every year, but the practice of donating clothing to charities for donation or resale purposes can give charitable Americans some benefits when they file their taxes.
Non-profit organizations that are classified as 501(c)(3) companies allow donors to write off donations on their taxes. Men’s suits are worth about $50 or higher as a tax write off, and a home appliance like a coffee maker can be written off for about $10 or slightly more. As long as items are in good working condition, items can be written off without a professional appraisal for their value.
Each year, the average person in the United States throws away approximately 68 pounds of clothing and textiles, adding up to a total of 12 to 13 million tons of clothing headed to landfills. When you add in the number of discarded household appliances, furniture items, electronics, and other consumer goods, we waste far more than we should. Meanwhile, other families in the U.S. and throughout the world have trouble making ends meet and can’t afford necessary clothing and household items. Our landfills are filling up, but there are so many people who are going without.
However, there is a clear solution that you can use the next time you clean out your home: gather donations for non profit organizations in your area. Giving your used clothing donations and other goods to charity organizations is a Continue Reading
It’s an unfortunate fact that many of our nation’s veterans face challenges, especially those related to economics and finances. Many veterans return home from active duty and have difficulties finding work. Some may have been wounded, and integrating back into civilian life can be tough. However, there are many charities that focus on helping military families and helping disabled veterans in order to provide them with the tools they need once they come back to the homefront. Donations for veterans, especially clothing donations, are vital to serving this populations.
Why are donations for veterans so important? Here are some of the items Continue Reading