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What's the best organization to donate clothing to?
« on: July 13, 2011, 08:51:50 PM »
I've got a bunch of clothing that I need to get rid of. Some of it is still new. There's the Salvation Army; the Goodwill Society; the Disabled American Veterans; and various homeless shelters.

You guys got any suggestions?

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Re: What's the best organization to donate clothing to?
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2011, 08:55:35 PM »
a non-profit charity...often times church-operated.

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Re: What's the best organization to donate clothing to?
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2011, 08:57:50 PM »
As someone who tries to shop at both Goodwill and Salvation Army, I donate clothes I no longer fit into to Goodwill. I do so because they sell cheaper and they help me more by being less expensive. Both my wife and I have trouble finding clothes that fit at either place though.
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Re: What's the best organization to donate clothing to?
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2011, 09:54:04 PM »
Salvation Army even if it beat they have some kind of rag program that it can be used for.
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Re: What's the best organization to donate clothing to?
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2011, 11:52:35 PM »
Rag program? Nah, my stuff is nice stuff; I just can't fit into a 36" waist no more.

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Re: What's the best organization to donate clothing to?
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2011, 12:09:10 AM »
Rag program? Nah, my stuff is nice stuff; I just can't fit into a 36" waist no more.

Wasn't commentary on your clothes just stating SA doesn't throw any clothes in the dumpster, I'll email my dad about more info on the Rag program.
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Re: What's the best organization to donate clothing to?
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2011, 04:38:19 AM »
Salvation Army even if it beat they have some kind of rag program that it can be used for.
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Re: What's the best organization to donate clothing to?
« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2011, 06:26:24 AM »
I like the Salvation Army but any organization that is non profit and actively helps folks would be a good choice.  Some churches operate a clothes pantry just like a food pantry, giving to those who are in need.

Make a list of what you give, and get a receipt cause you can right it off.  Nothing wrong with Uncle Sam helping you be charitable.
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Re: What's the best organization to donate clothing to?
« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2011, 09:03:00 AM »
Salvation Army is one of the better National organizations to donate money to also for every dollar donated they give $0.98 to the programs and only $0.02 to admin costs, pretty good ratio if you ask me.

Not knock any local organizations if you have a local one that you like the work they do give to them, always great to give to a quality organization.

When we lived in a smaller town (2000 population.) dad was the preacher at the local Christian Church he and the rest of ministers got tired of lowlifes making the rounds and collecting from every church in town. The churches got together with the police and formed away to weed out any fraud, they had accounts at all the local businesses (gas station, grocery store, five and dime) every minister could write a voucher for anything available catch was you had to stop by the police station and get it signed by cop on duty before it was good, kept the local community chest fuller and more available to give when a local tragedy struck. After we moved to a larger town that had organizations in place dad cleared out the food pantry and cloths chest at his new church and explained to the church board that instead of having money sitting in an account for the minister to give hand outs that it would be much better giving more to the local charities that are better equip to deal with fraud and have way more services available for those in need. So when someone called dad or the church they sent them to Interserve (local food bank) or the Salvation Army. I remember some of the food in the Church's food pantry was over a decade old that was not something I would want, I would eat it if i was hungry, but it would make me feel a little more like the dregs of society than I would have felt already. I've strayed from the topic a little of clothes donation but I wanted to share why I commented as I have today and in the past, as well as how I come by my knowledge on the subject.

I'm personally not big on the Red Cross, not that they don't do good work just too high on the admin ratio and for some of their past deeds, ask a WWII vet about the Red Cross I'll bet you get an ear full. Things like selling cigarettes donated by tobacco companies for the troops to the troops.
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Re: What's the best organization to donate clothing to?
« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2011, 06:48:51 PM »
I usually donate clothing to Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA).  I won't claim that it is the "best" organization for donations.  I will say that VVA makes it very easy to make donations.  They will pick up my donations.  That helps out with my busy schedule.  I just call them, and they schedule a pick up within a week.  They always pick up on schedule, and their drivers are professional and courteous.
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Re: What's the best organization to donate clothing to?
« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2011, 07:08:46 PM »
Got the explanation of the "rag program" the Salvation Army has from my dad

"We can accept clean rags, used clothing that is no longer wearable, curtains, drapes, bedding, cloth items, etc.  Clothes that have been stored with moth balls cannot be included in the rag bundles.  We have a baler that bails them into 1500 to 2000 pound bails, and when we get a trailer load we sell them.  The proceeds are used to help fund other programs such as the food pantry, youth programs, camps, Booth Center, etc."

So I guess they keep as many cloth products out of the dumpster as they can and supporting the Salvation Army and their programs.
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Re: What's the best organization to donate clothing to?
« Reply #11 on: July 15, 2011, 07:47:09 AM »
Got the explanation of the "rag program" the Salvation Army has from my dad

"We can accept clean rags, used clothing that is no longer wearable, curtains, drapes, bedding, cloth items, etc.  Clothes that have been stored with moth balls cannot be included in the rag bundles.  We have a baler that bails them into 1500 to 2000 pound bails, and when we get a trailer load we sell them.  The proceeds are used to help fund other programs such as the food pantry, youth programs, camps, Booth Center, etc."

So I guess they keep as many cloth products out of the dumpster as they can and supporting the Salvation Army and their programs.

Thats how it was explained to me.. I just wanted to note when you donate clothes, most of it does not turn up on some one who is at the bottom of the food chain, its sold and shipped abroad.

Some might find it offensive/repulsive, but Im so cheap, I actually buy used clothes, but not all the time. I go shopping on "Black Friday" at my Farm Store, they have a very large clothing department, and I will pick up a dozen pair of jeans, socks, underwear, and whatever else I see, and thats it for the year, no other new clothes purchases. Usually its a half off sale on Black Friday.

I used to live not far from a Good Will and shopped there. Not so much anymore, I dont live near anything now. But I do buy used clothes on ebay. The S/O does too, its not that where are dirt poor, just old school cheap.
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Re: What's the best organization to donate clothing to?
« Reply #12 on: July 15, 2011, 09:18:03 AM »
The word is frugal.  I bought a shirt at goodwill last week for three dollars. It still had most of the tags on it.

We went to k mart to find a pair of shoes for my daughter.  K Mart had that shirt for twenty eight dollars.

I prefer the $25.00 difference be in my pockets not theirs.
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Re: What's the best organization to donate clothing to?
« Reply #13 on: July 15, 2011, 10:02:18 AM »
Ok, Im great with frugal, I dont do my part to keep the economy moving, but I do a great job in the secondary markets !
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Re: What's the best organization to donate clothing to?
« Reply #14 on: July 15, 2011, 10:19:14 AM »
You guys got any suggestions?

If you have any women's clothes I would look to donate them to a local women's shelter. These clothes do tend to get used directly by the women at the shelter. These shelters aren't always easy to find as they are often trying to hide the women and kids from abusive husbands/boyfriends.
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Re: What's the best organization to donate clothing to?
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