Published on April 17th, 2015 | by Home and Family0
April Showers Bring May Clothing Donations Why Spring is the Perfect Time to Give Back to the Military Community
Spring is truly an exciting time! The days get longer, the sun shines that much better, and everyone is gearing up for the summer. It’s common to do a little spring cleaning during this time in order to make space in your home and rid it of clutter, which means your likely to get rid of some clothing and perhaps even a few household goods. But, did you know that when it comes to clothing, 99% of what is thrown away can be recycled? In fact, the average American discards roughly 68 pounds of clothing each other.
Therefore, spring is the perfect time to give military donations and other forms of charitable donations in order to show your support for military families. It’s common for organizations that help military families to receive an influx of charitable donations during the winter holiday season. However, it’s important to remember that military donations are needed to help families and veterans all year round.
Clothing donations are a great way to not only make extra room in your closet or wardrobe, but to help others while also helping the environment. Spring is the perfect time to donate winter clothing that you may no longer need or may not wear next season. In addition, donating gently used professional attire and business causal clothing helps military spouses and veterans enter the job market with confidence.
Donating clothes is also beneficial for the environment. Fabrics such as cotton, polyester, nylon, and rayon make up an estimated 5% of all trash found in landfills. Each year, it’s estimated that a whopping 12 million tons of clothing and textile waste is throw out in the United States. If everyone donated even a few items each year, this figure would be greatly reduced. For example, in 2011 an estimated 2 million tons of clothing and textiles were recycled or donated to charity in the United States.