For some, these feel like desperate times.
Attacks near the London Bridge and at a concert intended for young girls. America pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord. Impending investigations about Russian interference in our Presidential election. A President who emotionally tweets instead of thoughtfully speaks.
For some, these times can make you feel like events are spiraling out of control. The most calm, most courageous among us, however, are know that we can always find a way to stay in control. By deciding to calmly and courageously engage in the world around us we can still have an impact. Still make a difference.
One of the easiest and most tangible ways to stay positive in these seemingly desperate times is to find someone to help. Something as simple as making used clothing donations, for instance, can provide those less fortunate an advantage that they are searching for. And every time that you make an effort that lifts someone else up, you are providing hope even in these times.
American Red Cross Clothing Donations Provide Hope to Those in Need
As simple as calling a Red Cross Pickup service, Americans across the country can make use of their excesses to help those who are in the most need. Did you know, for instance, that nearly 15% of the homeless population, a percentage that translates into 83,170, are considered chronically homeless. This means that they are in a situation that is continuing and systemic. Without the help of those most fortunate reaching out to help those who are in need, this chronic condition of homelessness will continue.
Instead of accepting these chronic conditions as a given, however, the Americans who want to make a difference make a phone call and schedule a Red Cross pick up. They sort through their closets and their drawers, they clean out their kitchen cabinets, and the eliminate the clutter in their garage so that they can take their unused items and allow a Red Cross pickup service begin the process of delivering these resources to those most in need.
- You can be one of the 70% of people in the U.S. who give to charity each year.
- One extra advantage of to scheduling a Red Cross pickup appointment is that you can make sure that your unused items go to the best place, instead of someday ending up in a landfill. For instance, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans currently throw away an average of 10 pounds of clothes for every person each year.
- Unwearble clothing can even be better purposed than crowding the nation\’s landfills. Agencies like Red Cross pickups send unwearable textiles to recycling centers where these items are given a new life.
- Charitable donations are tax deductible for the value of the items that are donated.
- Appoximately 63% of high net worth donors cite giving back to the community as a main incentive for giving.
- New approaches like GreenDrop provide additional alternatives for people who want to make a difference. This particular group has approximately 30 free-standing locations and mobile trailers that collect an average of 100 tons of donations each week.
- Having Red Cross pickup services come to your house once every two to three months can get you in the habit of constantly collecting the items that are no longer in use in your home and setting them aside for the approaching scheduled pickup day.
- Estimates indicate that 3% of American income is given to charities every year. This percentage is a reminder that in addition to giving unused clothing and household items, Americans can also make monetary donations to agencies that provide services to those less fortunate.
- Little things can make a big difference. Those unused baby blankets that have been stacked on the top shelf of the hallway closet can provide the warmth and comfort that is needed to a infant who is suffering.
- People benefit from the work of organizations like the Red Cross 24/7. For instance, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the American Red Cross provides relief for entire communities, as well as individual families, in the form of blankets, blood, shelter, and food.
Instead of spending the first hour of the day watching the worst of the world news, how about spending that time sorting through the items that you could donate?