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Donate Used Clothing

Did you know 23.8 billion pounds of used clothing is put into U.S. landfills each year?

Reduce waste and support the less fortunate in your community by donated your used clothing to a thrift store or a local homeless shelter.  And remember the age-old saying, "One person's trash is another person's treasure."


  • Simple articles of clothing can make a person feel clean and taken care of. Donating clothing to a shelter will make a difference in someone's life.
  • Many thrift stores, like Goodwill, use the funds earned through the sale of used clothing to support the community.
  • By donating your old clothes, rather than throwing them away, you are helping keep our planet clean!

Step It Up

Adults can organize a clothing drive at your work and invite coworkers to bring their used clothing. Make it easy for others by offering to take the donations to a thrift store or shelter.

Kids can organize a clothing drive at their school. Send notes home with your classmates, asking them to bring in clothing they have outgrown. Then have a parent or teacher arrange for the clothing to be donated.

Keep It Simple

Go through your closet, and instead of throwing away items you don’t need anymore, donate them. Many organizations make it easy for you, by offering services to pick up used clothing from your house.

Related Resources

  • Visit to find out how your donations impact your community or to find a Goodwill store near you.

  • Click here for some tips on how you can donate used clothing to a homeless shelter.

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