Clothing donations to charity provide a pressing need for thousands of the less-fortunate in this country. Sadly, there are more than 600,000 homeless men, women, and children in the United States according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Many of these people lack basic clothing, and especially for those who live in colder climates, this can be dangerous. For those who have nowhere to go and no one to turn to, charitable donations of lightly used clothing go a long way.
Charitable giving in the United States is massive and generous, reflective of its people. However, you would be surprised of who donates the most to charity. In 2013, corporate donations only accounted for 5% of all charitable giving. In contrast, educational organizations donated 16% and individuals donated 72%. Although any charitable giving is wonderful, those organizations in the country that can afford to give the most evidently give the least.
Individuals donating clothes, therefore, is crucial to the success of any anti-homeless campaign. Although lightly used clothing may not provide a total solution to homelessness (and poverty in general), they do provide much-needed warmth and comfort to those who have very little in their day-to-day lives. There are a number of charities to support to this end, organizations that collect, wash, and distribute clothing to the needy. These organizations are instrumental in clothing and otherwise taking care of the nation’s homeless. Oftentimes, these charities will have bins in public spaces in order for people to conveniently drop off their lightly used clothing. Some organizations will even pick up clothing right from your curb or doorstep!
Please consider donating your lightly used clothing to charity today. There are thousands of men, women, and children who depend on the kindness of strangers in order to survive. Feel free to leave a comment or question at the bottom to find out more.