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Clothing donation help

DouglasDangerDouglasDanger PennsylvaniaRegistered User regular
edited March 2018 in Help / Advice Forum
Does anyone else donate their old or unwanted clothes? Where do you donate?

I'm running into a bit of a problem.

The Salvation Army is the dominant local charity, and they are a Christian cult and they're homophobic.

The Goodwill exploits disabled workers and pays them less than minimum wage.

There's a big Methodist Church down the road, but they're also problematic with their homophobia.

The US Again donation boxes are everywhere, but they're linked to a cult and money laundering. And they're for profit!

https://www.tvindalert.com/usagain-denied-a-licence-in-us-city-after-giving-false-information/

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-05-14/news/ct-met-tvind-gaia-update-20110514_1_planet-aid-tvind-gaia

What am I supposed to do with these clothes? I live in a rural area in Pennsylvania, I don't know of a homeless shelter close by...

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  • BurtletoyBurtletoy Registered User regular
    Does anyone else donate their old or unwanted clothes? Where do you donate?

    I'm running into a bit of a problem.

    The Salvation Army is the dominant local charity, and they are a Christian cult and they're homophobic.

    The Goodwill exploits disabled workers and pays them less than minimum wage.

    There's a big Methodist Church down the road, but they're also problematic with their homophobia.

    The US Again donation boxes are everywhere, but they're linked to a cult and money laundering. And they're for profit!

    https://www.tvindalert.com/usagain-denied-a-licence-in-us-city-after-giving-false-information/

    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-05-14/news/ct-met-tvind-gaia-update-20110514_1_planet-aid-tvind-gaia

    What am I supposed to do with these clothes? I live in a rural area in Pennsylvania, I don't know of a homeless shelter close by...

    The term you are looking for is thrift store.

  • DouglasDangerDouglasDanger PennsylvaniaRegistered User regular
    Yes, the local thrift stores are run by the Salvation Army and Goodwill.

    They're bad.

  • KetarKetar Come on upstairs we're having a partyRegistered User regular
    Yes, the local thrift stores are run by the Salvation Army and Goodwill.

    They're bad.

    Check to see if there are any AMVETS stores in any kind of reasonable distance. They do pick-ups as well as accepting drop-offs, but obviously not if you're too far from one of their thrift stores.

  • zepherinzepherin Russian warship, go fuck yourself Registered User regular
    I believe big brothers big sisters accept clothing.

  • DouglasDangerDouglasDanger PennsylvaniaRegistered User regular
    Ketar wrote: »
    Yes, the local thrift stores are run by the Salvation Army and Goodwill.

    They're bad.

    Check to see if there are any AMVETS stores in any kind of reasonable distance. They do pick-ups as well as accepting drop-offs, but obviously not if you're too far from one of their thrift stores.

    Hey, this might be a good option, there's one half an hour away.

  • MulletudeMulletude Registered User regular
    zepherin wrote: »
    I believe big brothers big sisters accept clothing.

    They do. And they have drop boxes in my area both in front of their building and around town. Not sure how widespread the dropbox thing is though

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  • NewblarNewblar Registered User regular
    In my area groups both for diabetes and the blind accept clothes and do pickups. I assume if you have shelters nearby they would also take clothes. If you have interview appropriate clothes there are usually groups for that too (if you are anyone you know has women’s clothes or accessories this is usually what that group needs the most).

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  • DouglasDangerDouglasDanger PennsylvaniaRegistered User regular
    Some of the stuff is definitely ok

    Some of it is old socks and under shirts, and I had really hoped to actually recycle it, but now I don't know what to do

  • NewblarNewblar Registered User regular
    Old socks and undershirts work as cleaning rags. Granted you only need so many cleaning rags but I’m not sure that anyone would really want them.

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  • zepherinzepherin Russian warship, go fuck yourself Registered User regular
    Some of the stuff is definitely ok

    Some of it is old socks and under shirts, and I had really hoped to actually recycle it, but now I don't know what to do
    So most places that do clothing donations sell the non sellable items (socks and such)to companies that pay a low bulk rate and recycle the textiles for other things. So feel free to donate those as well.

  • firewaterwordfirewaterword Satchitananda Pais Vasco to San FranciscoRegistered User regular
    A local halfway house in my area happily takes these kind of donations - maybe look into something like that?

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  • MulletudeMulletude Registered User regular
    Both men and womens shelters could make good use of donations as well.

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  • spool32spool32 Contrary Library Registered User regular
    Clothing is almost never useful to donate. Most of the orgs I've been involved with doing disaster relief and while employed by a first responder explicitly don't want clothes. They're usually trash even if you think they're good, they're hard to launder, they're heavy, and they're everywhere. So many clothes, all over, everyone brings out their closet and dumps it on the nearest relief group every time something happens.

    After the Bastrop fires we eventually organized a thing with the local food pantry where they gave out vouchers, and people just came and took whatever they wanted, and we still had an entire half a semi full of clothing after that.

    Even places that say they'll happily take donations soemtimes end up throwing away much of what they get - they just don't want to discourage generosity by saying "oh, thanks but your shirts are mostly trash and we have a thousand already, can you please just donate money so we can buy people the stuff they actually need?"

    But they're mostly trash. Perhaps you can give them away on craigslist? Find consignment shop?

  • ceresceres When the last moon is cast over the last star of morning And the future has past without even a last desperate warningRegistered User, Moderator mod
    Disaster relief isn't the only place to donate, and while people donate a whole bunch of stuff to that sort of thing, your local shelters/homeless population don't necessarily get regular donations from larger sources. People tend to give lots of things to big causes all at once, or to the Salvation Army/Goodwill. Obviously don't try to pass off crappy stuff in disrepair, but there's always someone who can use gently-worn things.

    You can also upcycle - cut up shirts to make other things like bags. Bags are always useful. Always. Somebody can always use a bag. Pantries and people who use them need bags for food, and having something reusable for those who want it helps cut back on trash. People without homes need containment. People with children need to keep track of all kinds of little crap that kids need. It's work, but if you don't have anywhere satisfactory that will take your clothing and you have some time for really small projects, it might be worthwhile to consider stuff like that.

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  • EncEnc A Fool with Compassion Pronouns: He, Him, HisRegistered User regular
    While Salvation Army and Goodwill as organizations are problematic (at best) and terrible (usually), the folks that depend on them for clothing and belongings generally are not. Their frequency of availability for their stores make them a mainstay for a wide range of the poor and vulnerable. And their size makes the processing of clothing and laundering usually something they can do at location for preparation for their floor.

    Try the other places first, especially AMVETS (though in my experience they won't take clothes), but if it comes down to trash or Goodwill, go with Goodwill. At least some good will likely come out of it.

  • amateurhouramateurhour One day I'll be professionalhour The woods somewhere in TennesseeRegistered User regular
    As for the old socks and undershirts:

    If you grill a lot or have a fireplace, they can make excellent firestarters or char cloth for fire tinder with a little prep.

    If they're not full of holes and such, some churches have drop offs for the homeless too where you can just leave them bundled and clean and people without homes can come up and just get what they need. We had a church downtown that did this and there wasn't any Christian meddling with it. Just help for people that needed help.

    Going the "wash rag" route, you seem like you've got a good spirit, so look into habitat for humanity or something of that nature and turn the shirts into sweat rags and the socks into wipe rags and donate them or use them on the job when you volunteer.

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  • CelestialBadgerCelestialBadger Registered User regular
    You can get over obsessive about the morals of organizations. You aren't donating money, you are using their recycling services. That's a good in itself. Just choose the least bad service and go with it. If you knew about the morals of non-charity organizations, you'd never buy anything again...

    I'd vote for the Methodist church. Your local church may be homophobic, but the denomination as a whole isn't - my local Methodist church flies the rainbow flag...

  • DouglasDangerDouglasDanger PennsylvaniaRegistered User regular
    I'm taking the stuff to amvets Saturday.

    I would rather not compromise my morals

    I mean, I have opinions about the fetishising of the military in the US, but very few organizations even pretend to do anything for veterans unless they're making money off of them, so

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