There are many ways to donate used clothings to charitable organizations so as to make a difference and improve people's lives. The United Way, the Salvation Army, and Goodwill are just a few of the many organizations that accept donated clothing, so that you can begin to both get rid of excess possessions that you don't need and help other people today. These groups make it very easy for you to give your clothing donations to them, and many of them give you the option of deducting the value of your donated clothing from your taxes as an added incentive. Of course, the tax deductions are very small, so you might do best to just simply drop it off and not worry about the few bucks that you save. Of course, my favorite ways to give out clothing donations are a little more direct than this. I live in Berkeley, California, where there are many things called free boxes available for public use.
The free box is basically a wooden or metal container into which all manner of things that people want to donate can be placed. But primarily, it is used clothing. Then, people in the neighborhood can come by the free box, rummage the clothing donations and pick out the things that they want and need. In many neighborhoods, particularly the ones with lots of homeless students, homeless people, or both, you can even simply place your clothing donations on the curb.
People will come by and take what they want, sometimes within minutes, and provided that you have good clothing, very little will go to waste. The best way to insure that your clothing donations are not wasted, however, is still to take them to Goodwill or the Salvation Army, or some place like that. That way, they will be able to keep them on the shelves until somebody comes along who might have a use for them. With the popularity of thrift store shopping nowadays, these non-profit organizations have the opportunity to use almost all of the donated clothing that they receive, since the chances are that in any reasonably large city, someone is going to want is.
Of course, sometimes it is best to put your clothing donations in a free box. After all, the free box is free - a fact that is sure to be appreciated by the clothing's new owner right away.
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