The Best Times of Year to Make Clothing Donations

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Most people understand the importance of donating. Yet, the year goes on, and you forget or never find the time to do so. You also might wonder when the best time is to donate. Although any time of year is a good time to give to those in need, these specific times are especially useful and beneficial.

At the beginning of the year
The holidays tend to encourage people to donate. About 43% (42.7%) of those surveyed gave more during the holidays than the rest of the year. About 44.4% reported giving about the same. Either way, donations tend to fall off significantly immediately after the holiday season. Yet, people are still in need. January brings colder weather and winter clothing donations are still needed. If you are wondering when to donate clothes, this period right after the holidays is an especially good time to do so.

In the spring months
The spring months are another period of lower donation times. Many people are aware of the need of winter clothing items, but few think about the transition seasons. Spring can be chilly, but not cold enough for a large winter jacket. However, it is also not warm enough for summer clothing items. If you are wondering when to donate clothes that are considered transitionary, the spring months are perfect. You can take advantage of this time by also completing your spring cleaning list. Go through your spring and summer clothing items earlier in the year and donate to a local clothing drop off.

In the middle of summer
Summer is another time of the year that donations decrease. Many people do not consider summer when making donations of clothing. Summer is far away from the holidays and in some states, the summer months can seem to go on forever. However, for this exact reason, summer local clothing donations are also needed. Children can grow out of summer clothes, even in the same summer season. Families can run out of clothing items to keep them cool during the summer months. If you find yourself to be too busy to donate during the long summer months, consider a donation pickup.

The beginning of the fall season
There also seems to be a lull in donations between the summer and the winter season. It may take people many months to fully go through their previous year?s winter clothing. Fall can extend on for many weeks, sometimes months, further prolonging this process. If you are looking for a good time when to donate clothes, the fall is a great choice. Families are preparing for the cold winter weather, just as your family is. Try to go through your winter clothing items earlier in the fall and donate the ones you no longer want. Avoid sending clothing to landfills, as Americans currently send 10.5 million tons of clothing to landfills every year.

Know where to donate
In addition to knowing when to donate clothes, it can also be helpful to know where to donate. Smart givers only support groups granted tax exempt status under the section 501C3 of the Internal Revenue Code. This often means that the charity is an approved charitable organization. It also means that you can use these donations to write off taxes at the end of the year. Just make sure you receive a donation form.

While many people understand the importance of donating to local charitable organizations, many do not know how to. First, understand when to donate clothes. There are times in the year that donations drop significantly and charities are most in need. Additionally, know where to donate your items. Make sure they are going to a charity that is federally backed and you can rest easy knowing that your donations are going to a good place.

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Sarah Todd

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Sarah Todd, an investment banker, is a reporter and researcher for one of London’s leading media outlets. Formerly a trader and market maker at FTSE, she turned to media during the global recession. This website features some of her best and favourite articles, from all parts of the business world. Please let her guide you and your enterprise along the path to prosperity.