Most of us are familiar with the work the American Red Cross does — we’ve participated in Red Cross blood drives, donated money, or lent a hand with disaster relief that the Red Cross sponsors. But did you know there are other ways to donate? American Red Cross clothing donations can also make an impact. It’s almost certain that you have clothing in closets or boxed up neatly in your basement or attic that you no longer wear and are just keeping around. Consider donating that clothing to someone in need. American Red Cross clothing donations are resold to thrift stores and fund the many programs and initiatives they sponsor and run. You can be making a much larger impact by the simple act of making used clothing donations.
What Does the American Red Cross Sponsor?
The American Red Cross is nonstop. Every day of the year, 24/7, this organization offers relief for families and communities by providing blankets, food, blood, and shelter. Amazingly, 90% of Red Cross workers are volunteers and the organization responds to an emergency every eight minutes.
They’re perhaps best known for their blood drives and disaster relief — they’re often one of the first organizations on the scene after a natural disaster hits to offer aid. However, they also offer training and certification for first aid, CPR, AED, CNA, BLS, swimming, and babysitting or caregiving. The idea is that the more people who are equipped to respond to an emergency, the better — and many professions require the ability to save lives if needed. For example, a babysitter needs to know how to administer CPR in case of emergency.
It is perhaps less well known that the Red Cross also supports military families in terms of home comforts, on bases or in military hospitals on a global scale. They can help a family with a tough deployment or during an emergency and they take care of veterans once their time in active duty has ended.
And, of course, the Red Cross offers services internationally, providing emergency and disaster relief to countless people around the globe.
How Can I Make American Red Cross Clothing Donations?
The Red Cross partners with GreenDrop to accept clothing donations. Making American Red Cross clothing donations is incredibly easy. If there’s a drop-off center by you, you can simply drop off the items you’re interested in donating, or if there’s not one near you, you can even schedule a pick up at your home.
All gently used clothing items are accepted — including items like ties, gloves, hats, purses, handbags, raincoats, swimsuits, shoes, and sleepwear — though underwear and other personal items are not accepted. You should make sure that your donations are gently used — that is, in wearable condition. No holes, stains, missing buttons or zippers, or stretched out/shrunken clothing will be accepted.
You can call the GreenDrop number to find out if there’s a drop off center near you, or if you should schedule an at-home pick-up instead.
What are the Benefits of Making Clothes Donations?
We consume almost 20 billion garments every year, meaning that on average, we buy at least one item of clothing a week. And for many of us, that can be a conservative estimate! And sadly, the Environmental Protection Agency says that we throw away around 10 pounds of clothes on an annual basis. This means that a family of four might contribute 40 pounds of textile waste to the landfill — and it’s almost certain that 100% of that waste could have been reused or repurposed in some fashion.
When you donate clothes, you save that clothing from the landfill, while still making a positive impact on someone else’s life. It also enables you to declutter, which is always a good thing.
Make a difference now with your clothing donation. The American Red Cross makes it incredibly easy for you to do so. All you have to do is clear out your closet and pick up the phone. What could be easier and more satisfying than that?