In a few weeks many of us will find ourselves on the other side of the holiday season, making plans for a new year to come. Often, the holidays leave us feeling a little overstuffed and lead to New Year’s Resolutions aimed at clearing out the clutter. Let’s work together to use our de-cluttering as an opportunity to help others.

The new year is a great time to donate clothing and household items you no longer need or use. Sometimes these items still have a lot of useful life; other times they don’t. Goodwill Industries is well-known for their mission-supporting thrift stores, and there are many other great local places to donate or recycle unwanted items:

  • Vincent DePaul. In addition to clothing and household items, the organization accepts scrap fabric for recycling – such as holey socks or clothes that is significantly worn or stained. Simply make sure it is in a separate bag marked with a “scrap fabric” tag.
  • Community Action Coalition. Our long-standing Koats for Kids partner runs a free clothing center on the city’s northeast side that accepts clothing, shoes and books that are distributed to community members in need at no cost.
  • USAgain.  With receptacles placed in locations around the city, USAgain describes itself as a green for-profit company that collects and resells textiles to keep them out of landfills. They even have a running tally on their website of items saved from landfills!
  • Easter Seals. The organization relies on the collection of gently used, re-saleable clothing, small household items and small furniture, which are then sold to Savers thrift stores, for funding. As an added bonus, they offer residential pick-up service.
  • The Lion’s Club. When it comes to eyeglass recycling The Lion’s Club is king. Plastic or metal, sunglasses, whatever shape or size, the Lion’s Club gives new life to old glasses. Yours might help a child read, an adult succeed in his job, or a senior maintain her independence.

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