This is the time of the year when charity donations are needed the most. From parents who are trying to find a way to have at least one thing under the tree for their children to families who will be struggling to feed their children on the two weeks off school, charity donations are in high need at the end of the year. And while the holidays are a very happy time for some people in the country, these last few weeks of the year can be a stressful and sad time for the families who struggle the most.
In these weeks when so many people are struggling to make ends meet, these are very good times for those with so much to decide what it is they can do to help organizations that accept clothing donations and other items. From finding time to go through all of your closets and dresser drawers to find the items that are not in use in your home to make sure they are put to a better use, to making monetary donations at the check out counters at many retail locations, there is much that we can do.
Charitable Donations Offer Many Families Hope in the Most Desperate of Times
We live in disposable times. Those with the most resources, in fact, think nothing of buying every color of the shirts that are on sale, buying two and three pairs of their favorite running shoes, and buying the latest new clothing trend as soon as it is released. Did you know, for instance, that in 1930 the average American woman owned nine outfits? Today, however, that number has skyrocketed to 30 outfits. Literally one outfit for every day of the month!
And while there are many Americans who live in a home where both their closets and dresser drawers are exploding with clothing that rarely, if ever, gets worn, there are an increasing number of families who can barely find the clothes they need to send their children to school in the morning. By making the decision to donate your unworn clothing, in fact, you can give many children a new sense of excitement when they get ready to leave the house in the morning. For these children, the t shirt that has been doing nothing but taking up space in your home would mean a clean, new-t-them shirt on an otherwise dreary Monday morning!
Unfortunately, Americans recycle or donate only 15% of their used clothing. The rest, nearly 10.5 million tons a year, goes into landfills, giving textiles one of the poorest recycling rates of any reusable material. If you are looking for a way to make a difference to the lives of those in need and in the environmental impact that textiles have on our country, today is the day to think about making charity donations to families who are less fortunate and looking for a sign of hope.