Cleaning out a closet full of memorable and favourite clothing, shoes and accessories can be daunting, but it at least it can go towards some good for other people, the environment and earn some tax refunds at the same time. From outdated business suits to bridesmaids dresses to luggage, there are organisations that will put it all to good use in clever ways. Just make sure that all donations are washed, clean or in moderately good condition.
Keep in mind that it is also important to contact local charities, churches, shelters, grade schools and organisations to see how to help, as some hold clothing drives regularly and accept donations. Also, don’t forget about places such as Goodwill (Goodwill.org) and Salvation Army (SalvationArmyUSA.org) for general clothing donations.
Let Shoes Do More Than Walking
Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe Program (Nike.com) recycles old athletic shoes, which are created into athletic surfaces from the three separate shoe parts: the rubber, foam and fabric. These create running tracks, basketball court padding and tennis court surfaces.
Shoes For Africa (Shoes4africa.org)is an organisation that ships used shoes to Africa for distribution to aspiring athletes, and also to provide for children and adults to prevent disease from bare feet in poor environments. It is important to send shoes that are not useless; they need to have at least another hundred miles left in them.
Help inspire girls of various ages and diversity explore the beauty of the outdoors. Passages Northwest (Passagesnw.org) helps provide sturdy, lightweight girls’ and womens’ hiking boots to those who want to learn leadership and survival skills in the outdoors.
Winter And Rain Gear
There’s no place that needs more rain gear then Seattle, so rain gear here is a must. An organisation called RealChangeNews.org publishes a weekly newsletter that has a group of homeless people who sell them. These newsletters support local homeless groups, and has more then 200 vendors that sell rain gear such as umbrellas and ponchos.
Hats and scarves are an item in anyone’s closet, whether they are meant for cooler weather or for cooler style. HatsOff-to-chemo.org. is a Canadian organisation that sends new and used caps to children and adults who are going through chemotherapy.
One Warm Coat has hundreds of events throughout thirty states in the fall and winter seasons to collect coats and provide them to those in need. www.onewarmcoat.org.
Business clothing can be expensive, especially when trying to make a good impression entering the work force. CareerCloset.org provides interview clothing for women who can’t afford them, from suits to sweaters to skirts and shoes, just to name a few items.
CareerGear.org provides interview clothing to low-income men, from ties to dress shirts, sports jackets to shoes.
Every girl should be able to attend their own prom. FairyGodmothersinc.com is just one of the organisations out there that offer free prom dresses to underprivileged students, fro bridesmaids’ dresses, shoes, evening bags, jewellery, makeup and gowns. They must be new within the past five years.
Donate a used wedding gown or bridesmaids dress to Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation, which sells the gowns to fulfil the wishes of terminally ill breast cancer patients. They also accept flower girl dresses, shoes, veils and slips.
Donate an old suitcase to Suitcases for Kids, an organisation who provides the luggage to foster children who move from home to home and usually carry their belongings in a plastic garbage bag. www.suitcasesforkids.org.
Accessories And Fur
Visit NwraWildlife.org to find a local wildlife rehabilitator who can use old fur for bedding for newborn animals.
Donate old jewellery to IndigoRescue.org, an organisation that accepts all jewellery from costume to vintage that it sells to benefit animal rescue programs in Oregon.
NewEyesForTheNeedy.org provides glasses for no charge all over the world, such as plastic frames, sunglasses, hearing aid, jewellery, and jewellery scrap metal (such as one earring or cufflink).
These are just a handful of the places that will help recycle anything in your closet. Choose organisations that are personal or are within the area to make it easier.