There are plenty of reasons why someone can decide to get rid of a few items of clothing: something doesn’t fit anymore, the person’s fashion style has changed, they have decided to invest in a whole new wardrobe, they are moving and can’t take everything with them, or they simply feel like they need the space. Whichever the case may be, getting rid of clothes can be a very satisfying experience if we know that they will make someone’s life better. So if you are planning on clearing your closet soon, here are some organizations you can donate your used clothes to.
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One of the most interesting projects in donations is the one called Miaportacion.org, a crowdfunding platform that helps people fulfill their most basic needs. The website presents a series of situations in which people with needs can request help from those who are seeking to lend a helping hand. There are requests for donation of time, money, services, clothes, and items wheel chairs, medication, blankets and much more.
Each request is verified by Miarpotacion.org to confirm its veracity, before being posted on the website.
Visit Miarpotacion.org to learn how you can help make a difference in someone’s life.
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GratiFeria is an original type of market where people share their items freely, without the need to receive money or another item in return. Just take the items you would like to donate, be them clothes to shoes, plants, tools, books, or something else. There are even people who offer free workshops, on the spot! GratiFeria has been up and running since 2012 and it usually happens once a month, normally on the last Sunday of the month, at Parque de la Ciutadella, between 12 pm and 2 pm.
Cáritas is a confederation of hundreds of Catholic relief, development and social service organizations that exist all over the world. Their mission is to help those who live in poverty and who are experiencing real needs that they cannot meet themselves. Cáritas works in collaboration with several ayuntamientos, the national Social Security system, and the European Fund for employment. Cáritas accepts clothes, toys and furniture donations that can help people who are in dire need of them. If you are interested in helping in other ways, you can either apply to join their workforce or you can enroll in their volunteering education classes.
Humana Fundación Pueblo para Pueblo is a nongovernmental organization that was founded in the year of 1987. Their main goal is to protect the environment and work in cooperation with countries in Africa, South America, and Asia to promote education, training and the development of the communities. Humana uses textile recycling to support their projects and to protect the environment.
Here is how it works: people donate used clothes by depositing them into an official Humana container or by bringing them directly to a Humana store. The clothing is sent to Humana’s recycling centers, where it is all sorted out. All clothing in good conditions and of good quality will be sold at one of Humana’s second-hand stores or will be sold in small stores in Africa to revive the local economy. The clothing that is too worn out will be recycled by specialized companies, and the clothing that is unusable and made from non-recyclable materials will be sent to landfills, though that represents only 4% of what is donated to Humana.
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Roba Amiga is a company that works similarly to Humana. They gather the donated clothes and give part of them to people in need, in association with Social Services and other organizations, and the other part of the clothes are sold in Roba Amiga stores. The objective of selling the clothes is to gather money so that the company can keep running and also to be able to offer affordable clothes to people that can’t shop for new ones. They also recycle clothing, reducing the environmental impact of the discarded items, giving them a new life.
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