One of the most common ways people interested in helping families in need choose to devote their effort is through a charitable donation. Many Americans donate to charity every year. Whether it’s through small cash donations or large contributions, it’s a common way for many to try to make a difference in the lives of others. In 2014 alone, over $358 billion was given to groups looking for donations.
What many people may not know, however, is that you can and should donate clothes. Organizations looking for donations will be happy to take any extra clothing you or your family have that is still in wearable condition. Every year, about 4.8 billion pounds of clothes are donated by Americans, but that number could be even higher. 10.5 million tons of clothing are sent to landfills by Americans each and every year.
On average, Americans are buying twice as many clothes as they were 20 years ago. Nearly 100% of household textiles and used clothing can be recycled in some way, shape or form, regardless of the item’s condition, but the average American citizen is throwing out close to 70 pounds of clothes, linens and textiles every year. Only 15% of used clothing is donated. That number should be much higher. Those old items that are constantly thrown out are now clogging landfills instead of going to help those in need who are looking for donations.
As another incentive to help out charity organizations, keep in mind that you are able to write off charitable donations on your yearly taxes. Keep clear, extensive records of your donations, and you’ll be able to use that during tax season as a write off. It’s important to remember that all charitable donations worth over $250 require a receipt in order to be able to write it off on your taxes. This includes clothing and textiles.
Next time you’re going through your closet or dresser, keep an eye out for the clothes you haven’t worn in a while. Seek out some groups looking for donations and find a new home for the clothes you don’t need anymore.