WEEK ONE OF ACTION: DONATE CLOTHES
It’s that time of year again – SPRING – out with the old and in with the new: new season – new look – new colors.
As you try to determine how you will fit one more hanger in your closet, or make room for one more jacket, tie, or dress, or fold one more shirt or sweater to fit in your dresser, try looking at it like this.
YOUR HANGERS DON’T NEED THOSE OLD CLOTHES – PEOPLE DO.
Nearly 13% of the 1,356,545 people that live in Palm Beach County live in poverty; meaning that they struggle to afford the basic necessities and have limited resources to buy clothing.
As you are going through your closets pulling clothes off hangers, be mindful that what may simply be last season’s trends, could simply be a clean shirt or shoes to someone else.
WHAT CAN YOU SPARE THAT SOMEONE ELSE CAN WEAR?
50% of all homeless women and children are fleeing domestic violence, usually with only the clothing on their backs.
Perhaps your donation will help a newly single mom provide shoes or school clothes for their children or provide the opportunity to land a job with a business suit for a woman who is regaining her independence.
KEEP, DONATE OR RECYCLE?
21 billion pounds of clothing and textiles are thrown away every year in the US alone – an average of 70 pounds per person. Where 95% of textiles that are worn and torn can be recycled, only 15% get donated or recycled and 85% go to our landfills. Recycled Textiles: where they go
As you are rummaging through those drawers, and come across those old holey shirts, socks, shoes, make them part of your recycle pile. How it helps our Environment
Contact a local shelter or organization that receives clothing donations. Here are a few of our partner agencies: Gulfstream Goodwill, Seagull Services, Gratitude House, Palm Beach Habilitation Center, Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, The Center for Family Services, The Homeless Coalition, and The Lord’s Place
It’s a great idea to pick a shelter or organization that you personally would like to donate to. Many organizations have thrift shops and their proceeds benefit people and causes in the community; such as disabilities, homelessness, domestic violence, and drug abuse – there are so many opportunities to make an impact, so donate to an organization that is true to your heart.
Keep in mind the people who will benefit from your generous donation; this will keep you motivated through the process, and even be more willing to donate a few extra pieces of clothing.
Let’s Do This
Please share with us how you made your week count. No, it doesn’t need to take place on Monday – Monday just gets us thinking about what the week has to offer, what we (ourselves) have to offer.
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- Look for the weekly theme on all of our social media throughout the day on Mondays
- Photograph, video, post, tweet about your experience
- Remember to tag @PBUnitedWay and use the weekly hashtags
We have an AWESOME community, let’s embrace it, make an impact- IT’S MONDAY, LET’S DO THIS!