To some, homelessness may seem like a tucked-away, non-urgent issue but the reality is this: millions of people suffer directly or indirectly from homelessness in the United States. A recent report by KERA News found that there are over 110,000 children in Texas — one state alone — that have no home to go to. Another report by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development found that there are about 600,000 homeless people in the country on any given night. For these men, women, and children, charitable clothing donations are critical for their survival. Anyone who lives in a cold climate can tell you just how hard it is to brave a winter with adequate clothing, let alone without. For various reasons, the homeless are totally dependent on the kindness of strangers. Without clothing donat
If you’ve recently undergone the task of taming your wardrobe, you probably have a number of old garments that you no longer need. For some people, it might sound easy to simply throw these items away, but wouldn’t it be better to give them a new home instead?
The answer is yes: in the United States, where more trash is produced than any other country, approximately 12 to 13 million tons of the solid waste in landfills consists of clothing and textiles. The worst part is that at least 95% of those items — if not more — could have easily been salvaged and donated to charity.
The good news, however, is that more people are managing to give their old clothing to charity organizations. At least 4.7 billion
The holidays will soon be upon us, allowing the perfect opportunity to reflect on all that we have to be thankful for, and how we can give back to our community, in particular military families and veterans.
Military families often face a number of challenges that civilian families are not accustomed to, including long deployments with little to no contact at times, tight budgets, frequent moves, higher rates of unemployment, and coping with returning soldiers who must re-acclimate to civilian life. As such, Americans are eager to show their appreciation and support for military families this holiday season by making charitable donations.