Have you recently made used clothing donations to the Red Cross? If so, then you’re one of the many people in the United States that assist this charitable organization to help disaster victims and other people in need.
The Red Cross is available on a 24-hour basis every day of the year. They assist communities as well as individual families by providing various types of relief. This includes food and shelter, clothing and household items as well as blood.
Approximately 70% of Americans give to charities every year. On an annual basis, it is estimated that 3% of America’s total income is donated to charities such as the American National Red Cross.
The Red Cross, which is the 13th largest charity in the United States, received $687 million in private donations during 2014. In 2015, $2.5 million was distributed to support local and national charitable programs. This was primarily made possible by thrift store sales of clothing donations as well as other household items.
When you donate clothes to Red Cross, you’re not only providing assistance to disaster victims and other people in need, you’re also doing your part to support the environment by recycling. Were you aware that on average, every person in the United States purchases 68 clothing items and seven pairs of shoes each year? This amounts to approximately 20 billion items per year. Furthermore, the Environmental Protection Agency reports that the average person discards about ten pounds of clothes every year.
You can make a Red Cross donation of used clothes at a clothing donation center or contact the organization for information on local clothing donation pickup services. In addition to mobile trailers, GreenDrop has 30 free-standing locations that will accept your Red Cross clothing donations. GreenDrop provides this service on behalf of the following charities:
- Military Order of the Purple Heart
- The National Federation of the Blind
- The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Philadelphia
If you’re one of the 63% of financially successful donors that choose to give back to their community, you can also donate clothes to Red Cross in addition to making a monetary donation. Your donations are tax deductible and based on the value of the items you donate. Furthermore, you are making a major difference in the lives of so many individuals in need.