Author Archives: Henry Waldo

When You Can Donate Clothes to the Needy

It may not come as a surprise to hear that the textiles industry is one of the largest in the entire world. After all, everyone needs clothing to wear, may it be formal wear, everyday wear, work or military uniforms, and even baby clothes and table linens. The United States in particular is one of the largest markets and producers for clothing and textiles today, and the average American consumer buys twice as many clothes as they did just 20 years ago. What is more, textiles is one of several industries known for their reclaimable materials, along with steel, plastic, cardboard, and others. Old clothes can be donated for helping families in need, and helping families in need or helping military families is common during the winter holidays such as Christmas and Hanukkah (such holidays have a charitable element to them). Any household can donate clothing for helping families in need, and veterans charities are also common for this. When is it time for helping families in need, or finding military charities to donate to?

Rates of Donations and Waste

Clothing can and often is recycled or reclaimed for donations for the needy, but the bad news is that textiles has one of the lowest reclamation rates of all industries (steel has the highest). Around 85% of all used and unwanted clothing in the United States is simply thrown away, discarded and sent to the nearest landfill. Such clothes don’t do anyone any good there, and there may be a lot of them. Millions of tons of old clothes are lost this way, and with Americans buying so many clothes, that may be a lot indeed. Today, the average American discards 70 pounds of textiles ranging from clothes to bedding to table linens. Some clothes are recycled and shredded to make industrial rags and furniture stuffing, with is arguably much better than simply discarding all those old clothes. But many will say that donating such clothes for helping families in need is the best possible use for old clothes, and it is a major humanitarian act to do so. And of course, it helps slow down landfill growth.

There is good news in all this. For all that clothing thrown away, a lot is indeed given to local charity efforts, amounting to many millions of garments per year. This even spans the world, as a lot of used American clothes are shipped to needy communities around the world. Many Americans take part in charitable giving to some degree, from clothing to percentages of their income to household goods such as cookware or kids’ toys. Boosting clothing donations rates may simply be a matter of stoking this existing charitable spirit to new heights.

How to Donate

Even if a household has a lot of clothing in it, there is a simple and effective process that any family or household may use to figure out what to donate. To begin with, everyone in the household can gather all clothes and personal accessories from across the home and assemble it all into a single, large pile. Clothing tends to get scattered at times, so assembling it all makes for a convenient inventory of what everyone owns. The sheer size of this pile may be surprising. Shirts and pants, dresses, coats, shoes, gloves, and more will end up in this pile.

With everything assembled like this, it is easy for everyone to pick and sort through the pile and decide what to keep and what will be donated. Clothes to be donated may be worn out, redundant with other items, out of style, or unwanted for any other reason. These clothes can be put into boxes or bags for transport later. This process may be continued until all clothes have been looked over, and everything to be kept will be put back in the dressers and closets. Now, the boxes or bags can be sealed, and a person can look up local charity pick up sites and get their address, then take these packaged clothes to the site. There, they can simply hand it all over to the volunteers there. Donors may even get a tax rebate form based on the total value of everything being donated like this.

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11 Apr 2019

How You Can Help Support Military Families With Your Gently Used Items

Our donations can go a long way towards helping those who have fallen on hard times. It’s my personal philosophy that if you can give, you should give. The amount doesn’t have to be large, in fact every little bit truly does help. In particular there are thousands of military families in the United States that could use a bit of help. Whether it’s donated home goods, or everyday articles of clothing. Donating your gently used goods not only serves as military support, but it can benefit us as well.

How Donations Can Help

  • Clothing Donations Donating gently used clothing can go towards helping military families that might not be able to afford brand new clothing. For example, if you have children you know how quickly kids can outgrow their clothing. Keeping up can be an expensive endeavor! Donating clothes that your children can’t wear anymore ca (more…)
  • 10 Apr 2019

    What You Should Consider When Buying An Engagement Ring

    Getting engaged is an incredibly special and important time in one’s live. It signifies that fact that you want to spend the rest of your life with another person – and that you’re ready and willing to do so. It’s a celebration of your love with that person as well, an event that marks the two of you as each other’s and no one else’s. Getting engaged is a moment that is truly magical, but there are certainly many things to consider leading up to it.

    For one thing, making the proposal itself special is key. This will look different for every single couple, of course, as different people will want different things as a declaration of love. Some people, after all, want big and over the top while others will much prefer something that is small and relatively understated. The perfect proposal takes planning out, of course, but still contains that element of surprise for the party that is being proposed to. Obviously, marriage should have been a discussion for some time before a proposa (more…)

    02 Apr 2019

    Closet Full Of Clothing you No Longer Want?

    Do you have a closet full of clothes that you’re not entirely sure what to do with? Clothes that are too small, too big, or even just not your typical taste anymore? If you find yourself as one of these people than perhaps it is time to go through your items and figure out if some of those clothing items should be put into a donation box to benefit those who are less fortunate, or even to give those clothes that you once liked enough to buy a second chance at being someone else’s favorite item of clothing.

    Making a charitable donation could help families in need that may not have had the ability to get that warmer or cooler clothing otherwise. Not to mention by going through the clothing in your closet and getting ready to put it out for donation you are also making it so that less textiles get stuck out at the landfills and instead they get re used to create a greener environment.

    However, here are some things to keep in mind when you do put those items out for do (more…)

    07 Mar 2019

    The Safest Uniform For the Job

    Many jobs in the United States, especially outdoor ones, call for the right uniform or other attire for safety during work hours. Some occupations, such as police work, firefighters, construction workers, and military personnel have great need for the right uniform for the job. A tactical police uniform, for example, will have everything that an officer needs for their daily work. The other occupations listed above may also need the right gear, from combat boots to fire helmet lights to an Under Armour job shirt. A tactical police uniform will keep the officer comfortable and safe during his or her work. How can clothes make the job easier?

    A Tactical Police Uniform

    Police officers have a demanding job even if they are not facing down an armed criminal. These officers sometimes patrol on foot or in their cruisers, and they may experience long shifts during various times of the day. Fo (more…)

    28 Feb 2019

    How to add your own flare on your next event

    There are a million ways to incorporate your own style and flare to your next event and you don’t always need to stick to what’s hot and trending. Be yourself and be creative, let your hair down and enjoy some fun with the decorating process.

    Choose your favourite colours and run with it. If you love the colour red include it in your scheme. You can have all different shades of red involved in your decor to add an array of gorgeous colour. Select darker reds for the fitted tablecloth and transition into lighter reds with the napkins, cutlery, and smaller decor items. If you enjoy a wide variety of colours you can incorporate them any way you like as well, don’t feel limited to one or two colours. Go crazy with colour and enjoy your event any way you like. Rainbow parties have become a huge hit with both children and adults and can make for some very bright and cheery photographs.

    Themes are constantly changing but if you have one in mind you can take it to the max. If you’re (more…)

    03 Feb 2019