November 10, 2012

Cleaning Out My Closet

Recently I have been going through my closet in at attempt to get rid of the clutter made by the clothing I no longer wear on a regular basis. There are some pieces that I am having some trouble parting with, but for the most part I am pretty happy with the amount of clothing that I have been able to purge. I have been donating my clothing to various charities, as most of it is still good and wearable. Typically I donate to the Diabetes Foundation, as they do home pick-up and thus the donation process is made very easy, but there are so many great charities that need clothing donations. I have complied a list of some of the biggest Toronto-based clothing drives in case you have any old clothing laying around and need to clean our our closet:

Covenant House
Covenant House is one of the largest charities dedicated specifically to helping homeless youth obtain security, safety, and help. They take many different types of donations, including clothing. Donated clothing is given directly to the youth for free, and is not re-sold to other organizations. As the House has limited storage capabilities and only caters to a specific client population, they ask to be notified of all donations prior to receiving them, to ensure they are capable of accepting them.

Diabetes Foundation
The Diabetes Foundation supports those living with diabetes through research and advocacy. In 1985 the Foundation started Clothesline, which is a donation-based program that accepts donations of gently used clothing and smaller household items, with the intent of selling these items to fund raise for diabetes-related causes. Not only can clothing donations be made by placing them into Foundation drop boxes, but they can also be made by arranging for home pick-up.

Goodwill takes new and gently used clothing and re-sells it to community partners that will then sell it to vulnerable populations and those with limited financial resources at a reduced price, therefore making clothing more accessible to all. You can donate used clothing by visiting your local donation center.

Red Door Shelter
The Red Door Shelter is a non-profit organization that helps families, women, and refugees to successfully escape violence, and they also provide assistance to families that have been evicted from their homes and would otherwise be living on the street. In-kind donations of both new and used clothing are accepted, and provided to the clients of the Red Door Shelter. Though based on limited storage space, the Shelter requests that calls are made in advance to ensure that donations can be accepted. Donations can be made by dropping goods off at the Shelter during donation times.

The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is the largest non-government organization for social assistance in Canada. They accept donations of most household goods, inducing gently used clothing. Donations can be made either through the drop boxes located throughout the GTA, or by taking clothing to the Salvation Army Thrift Stores. There is also a pick-up service for large donations, but this service is mostly reserved for furniture donations.

The YWCA supports women and girls who are fleeing violence or attempting to get out of impoverished situations by offering them housing options, employment and training programs, and advocacy. The YWCA looks for in-kind donations for clothing and bedding for women and girls. Donations can be made by contacting the YWCA to set up a donation; due to limited storage space the YWCA is only able to accept in-kind donations at certain times.

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