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Katrina Dick: Season changes a great time to donate clothing

September 20, 2018

Hello all. I hope your week has been well. Mine has been ok, I finally got all of my fall decorations up and now I’m just waiting on the weather to cool down.

It seems as though every time the seasons change, we all go through our closets in order to make room for more things we just have to have. At least I do. We try to sell them, and, if you’re like me, you don’t have a whole lot of luck.

Plato’s Closet will sometimes give you a little bit, but honestly, I’d rather shop there than sell to them. I usually end up divvying them out to friends and family, and what they don’t take rides around in a trash bag stuffed in my trunk for a month or two until I remember to drop it off at Goodwill.

While donating to Goodwill is great, I honestly have been looking for other places to take my clothes, because I shop at Goodwill, and am in no way “needy.”

So why donate clothing to an organization that then turns around and sells said clothing to other folks like me for profit? That doesn’t make a lot of sense in terms of helping someone out. And, if I’m being totally honest, sometimes Goodwill’s prices are as high as or higher than Walmart’s. No thanks.

If I am going to donate, I want my donations to go to someone who really needs them. I have been looking into different organizations to donate to, one being the Salvation Army.

I have donated to them before, and they will even pick up if need be. If you want to schedule a pickup or need more information on how to donate, you can call 800-SA-TRUCK.

Another place you can take clothing donations to is the Huntington City Mission. They are always needing items and I have no doubt that they will go to people who really need them.

Sometimes people show up there with barely anything on their backs, and they need all the help that they can get. Their drop off spot is behind the building, in the alley.

Golden Girl Group Home in Kenova also accepts clothing donations. The home is for girls who have been physically or sexually abused and/or neglected.

This would be an awesome place to donate clothing that your teenager no longer wears, as most of the girls there are teens themselves. They accept donations Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Another place that really caught my attention was Dress for Success River Cities. They accept donations of gently worn business attire, and they help women who are going on job interviews find the best outfit to wear, through donations. A lot of these women have no idea what to wear to an interview or no way to afford a new suit or dress anyway.

The donations help them not only better themselves, but inadvertently better the lives of their families, which impacts our community as a whole. What a wonderful program!

The donations they accept have to be work appropriate. Items such as blouses, dress pants, and suit skirts are typically what they are looking for. They also ask that the donations be no older than 5 years, as trends change and some materials don’t hold up well after a certain amount of time.

If you have recently cleaned your closet and are wondering what to do with it all, keep these places in mind. These are all wonderful organizations who are trying hard to better the lives of others in our community. Have a great week and happy donating!

Katrina Dick is a lifelong Wayne County resident who is looking to inspire others in Wayne how to not only be frugal when shopping, but be stylish while saving.

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