Around this time of the year many families are sorting through their closets, getting rid of clothes that no longer fit. Spring cleaning is great for getting your house in order, but it also creates a bit of a conundrum: what do you do with all of the clothes that either no longer fit or can’t be used as hand-me-downs?
The answer is to help out others through clothes donation. Donating clothing to organizations that can find and help out families that need them is a great way to get rid of your family’s old and unworn clothes. And, it’s a great opportunity to teach your kids a lesson about helping those less fortunate than you.
Here are three excellent organizations that do a great job of collecting and distributing gently used clothing for families.
Newborns and infants grow out of their clothes quickly, and if there’s not another sibling on the way, oftentimes these outfits get very little use. Newborns in Need focuses on a great niche by accepting gently worn infant clothes and giving them to needy families with newborns in the U.S. They’ve been around since 1992 and have over 20 years of experience in helping families clothe their newborns. Even better, 95% of all money and donations collected go towards the families that they help.
Goodwill Industries is one of the largest organizations in the nation that focuses on helping less fortunate families with not only clothing donations, but furniture and household supplies. Because they’re one of the largest organizations, it’s also easier to find a Goodwill store to drop off clothing donations, or find a Goodwill clothing donation bin. Goodwill has a helpful site to help you locate the nearest donation bin or store, if you head here.
Most people have heard of the Big Brother Big Sister organization because of their excellent mentorship program. What you may not have known, however, is that they also accept clothing donations that go to help provide clothing and other types of assistance to underserved youth.
What do you do with your unwanted clothes? Do you donate to a national organization or do you work with local charities and nonprofits to find families in need? Let us know in the comments!