Donate with Dignity: Clothing

July 19, 2011 at 2:51 pm Leave a comment

Cradles to Crayons depends on our dedicated community volunteers to provide us with their new or gently used children’s items so we may redistribute them to kids in need. We appreciate that it is not always easy to give the time it takes to clean out closets and transport items to C2C, which is why everyone at Cradles to Crayons thanks our donors for standing up and taking action. The efforts provide direct relief to those who are most in need of a helping hand.

Our volunteers spend time in our Giving Factory inspecting and sorting the donated items to ensure the children we serve receive the highest quality items possible. We recycle items that do not meet our quality standards whenever possible, often passing them on to organizations who can use what we can’t, but this process requires valuable resources.  Donors can help by doing some of this processing in their homes, thereby helping us to further improve our efficiency and serve more children.  This is the first in a series of blog posts that will offer ideas on how to make sorting and inspecting donations at home fun and educational.

Donating your clothing “C2C Style”

Goal: To teach everyone in the family that donating can be fun

What you need: 3 bins or bags labeled “Cradles to Crayons”, “Trash”, “Other”, and rubber bands

    1. Take clothing and shoes out of your closets or dressers that no longer fit or that you no longer wear
    2. Hold up each item and inspect it thoroughly
      • Any items containing any stains, tears, have missing buttons, broken zippers, are labeled with a town/summer camp/or child’s sports team, or are outdated should be placed in the “Other” bin or bag. Additionally, anything with a religious, family, or holiday affiliation should be placed in the “Other” bin or bag.
      • Multi-piece outfits including PJs can be rubber banded together OR a shirt in a pant leg and put in the C2C bag
    3. All clothes should be removed from hangers
    4. Any used underwear or socks should be discarded in the trash
    5. Shoes in good quality can be rubber-banded together and put in the C2C bag

Here are some examples of what not to put in your C2C bin:

Tie dye is fun, but this shirt has a whole in the sleeve!

Walpole is a great town, but a kid who plays soccer for a rival town may not agree.

We love purple at C2C, but this pair of shorts has stains on it!

Select an organization to bring the items in your “Other” bag. An organization such as Salvation Army can make use of the clothing that does not meet C2C’s quality standards. Bring your Cradles to Crayons bag filled with high quality clothing items, no matter what the season, to The Giving Factory or one of our permanent drop-off locations.

We are in great need of clothing this summer, so start your own sorting station at home today!

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