Are You Getting Ready to Move Into a New Home or Apartment

This was a challenging move. When your oldest daughter finished her senior year in college she had an entire dorm apartment full of clothing, memories, and various manner of other items. The fact that she had never moved home again after she went to campus for her sophomore year in school meant that she has had three full years to fill her closets, her dresser drawers, her desks, and her kitchen cabinets. When it came time to move out, in fact, she literally needed to go through what seemed like an entire lifetime of memories.

Most of the items she carefully packed into tubs, others she sold at local clothing resale stores, some things she tossed, and there were a number of bags that she delivered to a local Red Cross clothes donation bin. Positioned on campus for just this purpose, one of the campus organizations worked with the well known charity to make sure that the easy to recognize Red cross clothes donation collection boxes were conveniently located for the last two weeks of the semester. The campus grouped even took turns manning the boxes so that they could oversee that nothing that did not belong in the box was deposited. It was a rare instance when the national charity was willing to position one of its collection sits on a college campus, but the process went so well that it might become a tradition.

How Often Do You Donate Clothes?
By now we all should know that used clothing donations can make a significant difference to people who are in need. Unfortunately, research still indicates that too often people are still sending clothing and other textiles to the landfills instead of seeking out places that allow you to donate old clothing. These places are able to sort through all of the items, give the best items to those who are in need and make sure that other pieces are sent to a recycling center. The goal, of course, is to make sure that none of these items end up in a landfill.

As many as 70% of people in the U.S. give to charity each year and the latest statistics indicate that 3% of American income is given to charities every year. If you are not yet doing your part then perhaps this season of spring cleaning is a perfect time to reevaluate what you have, what you are not using, and what could be donated to others who are in need. From the wealthiest of families to college students who often do not think they have very much, there are many times when we all have something that we can contribute. Getting in the habit of making Red Cross clothes donations every time you clean or move is a great way to start.

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