Non-profit organizations provide valuable services to their communities as well as the country at large. On an annual basis, these organizations contribute $666.1 billion to the United States’ economy as well. Every year, approximately 70% of the United States’ population makes some type of donation to charities of their choice. While some individuals may make monetary donations, others will give of their time and expertise. Still others will donate used clothing, household textiles, and other items that can be worn again, repurposed, or recycled.
It’s interesting to note that on an annual basis, Americans will purchase 20 billion pieces of clothing and shoes. When averaged out, this is the equivalent of every person purchasing 68 garments and seven pairs of shoes a year. Even though many of these items may be worn on a regular basis, the Environmental Protection Agency reported that Americans literally throw away a substantial percentage of their clothes. This amounts to an aver Continue Reading
Today it was only a bag of gently used mens dress socks.
Last week, however, it was a large bag of very nice children’s winter coats.
Sometimes it is an entire trunk full of household items, including kitchen utensils, linens, and home decorator items.
During the holiday season it may be just a few coins or a single dollar bill.
The individual items that you give to local charities and to places that accept Red Cross donations may not seem like much, but the reality is that over the course of a year you do tend to make a fairly significant contribution. Although there were years when you would take the time to hold a garage sale or try to sell items to a resale store, in the last five years you have made a point to donate the gently used items that you and your family are no longer usi Continue Reading
More than one month after the once-in-every-1,000-years flood in Southern Louisiana, many areas of Baton Rouge remain submerged in water or deeply devastated. Although many areas of the state are aware of flooding dangers, many affected areas of the August flood were not prepared.
Within just one week, the areas saw 6.9 trillion gallons of rainfall — enough to fill 10.4 million Olympic swimming pools. In Watson, LA, 31.39 inches of water flooded the area within just a 15-hour timeframe.
The flooding claimed at least 13 lives and damaged more than 60,000 homes. This flood was deemed the worst natural disaster in the U.S. since Hurricane Sandy destroyed parts of the east coast. Though the American Red Cross Continue Reading