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When Was the Last Time You Made a Charitable Donation?

The cold is intense. The snow is a challenge. The winds are chilling.

On this holiday weekend it is important to remember that there are a number of people who do not have a warm house with a fireplace and a well lit Christmas tree. While many of us are enjoying time inside with our loved ones, there are others who find themselves relying on the generosity of others to even have a warm place to stay. Fortunately, there are a number of non profit organizations that attempt to match those who have much with those who have little.

From Purple Heart recipients who are thankful for warm coats for their children to other donations of clothing that help a new mom dress well for a job interview, there are many ways that we can help make this holiday season a happier for someone who is in need.

Charitable Clothing Donations Can Have a Huge Impact on Families Who are Struggling to Make Ends Meet
There are many donation pick up centers that make it easy for all of us to make a gift to the people who have served our country in the past. The families of Purple Heart recipients, for instance, can struggle to live a comfortable life if the bread winner in their family suffers from post traumatic stress syndrome. With the help of local clothing donations, however, these families can get the items they need to stay warm, healthy, and employed. We all know the confidence that you have when put on an outfit that makes you look great. For the people who cannot afford to make their own new clothing purchases, the generosity of others is essential.

The latest research indicates that nearly 4.7 billion pounds of clothing are donated by Americans each year. This number, however, pales in comparison to the 10.5 million tons of clothing that Americans send to landfills every year. When you realize this waste, it should at least make you tempted to take advantage of the fact that nearly 100% of household textiles and clothing can be recycled, regardless of quality of condition.

No matter how warm and cozy you are in your home this holiday season, it is important to remember that there are others who are facing the cold, snow, and the winds. When you make the decision to donate gently used clothing to a local charitable group, you are giving those less fortunate some of the warmth that we too often take for granted. Knowing that you gifts can help Purple Heart recipients may be an even bigger motivation to give to others.

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