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Julius Kondratyev
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Buy And Donate To Charity

Feeding America is the largest charity working to end hunger in the United States. We partner with food banks, food pantries, and local food programs to bring food to people facing hunger. We advocate for policies that create long-term solutions to hunger.

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Buy one, give one brands (or one-for-one brands) are businesses that go beyond standard philanthropic programs and pledge to donate one unit of their product for every purchase made. For example, a shoe brand may give a pair of shoes to a child in need for each pair purchased, or an office supply business might donate a notebook or pack of pens to a low-income school district each time someone buys one of their products.

For example, in the weeks leading up to Earth Day, a jewelry brand might launch a line of beaded bracelets made with recycled plastic. Each time someone buys one of these bracelets, the business will donate 10% of the proceeds to their nonprofit partner, whose mission is to remove plastic waste from the ocean. Before buying a charity-specific product, do your research and make sure the brand explicitly states how much will be donated to the nonprofit.

Charitable credit cards allow you to give a percentage of all of your purchases to a nonprofit. While most credit cards allow shoppers to earn points or cash back on their purchases, some charitable credit cards instead donate the accumulated rewards to a nonprofit. Other cards allow users to make monthly donations based on how much they spend.

The money raised by Habitat ReStores helps families build a decent and affordable place to call home. When the items you donate to ReStore are sold, the money helps families achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better future.

Our corporate partnerships help make our work at Habitat possible, and we offer partnership opportunities for corporations wishing to donate overstock materials and participate in recurring donation programs. We have coordinated donations from nationwide restaurant chains, hotels, going out of business events and more.

Christmas is one of those times of the year when many Americans clean out our closets and donate some of our used clothing to a charity. Perhaps we hope that Santa Clause will replace them with shiny new shirts, jeans, blouses and shoes. Or maybe we just want to do some good.

In New York City, AnnMarie Resnick told ABC News why her family donates clothing at Christmas time. \"By the time my kids grow out of it,\" she said, \"it is generally in good condition, and I want someone else to get good use out of it.\" And who does she think is benefiting? \"We hope, and we think we know, it is people in our neighborhood who just aren't as fortunate as us. And who need it.\"

But do most Americans really know what they're doing when they donate clothing? For instance, do you think you are giving your beloved but worn jeans to someone with no money to buy their own? Perhaps some poor person in your hometown, or even far away in Africa?

So, at this point, the charity you have donated clothes to has earned money off of them in two ways -- in their shops and by selling to recyclers. Then the recycler kicks into high gear. Most of the clothes are recycled into cleaning cloths and other industrial items, for which the recyclers say they make a modest profit.

So now you know that about 70 percent of your old donated jeans are being used as cloths to wipe oil off of engine parts and the remaining 20 to 25 percent of pants that left your closet with no value are ultimately sold in Africa, where American clothes are extremely popular, for an average price of about $7 per pair. That's a bargain for African shoppers -- most of them are low-income earners who cannot afford to buy newly made U.S. clothes.

And jeans are by no means the only American charity clothing items on sale here. I saw everything from T-shirts with U.S. logos like \"General Motors\" to major league baseball caps, name brand dresses, sports shoes and even underwear. All of them used.

There are two ways to look at all this. One view is that it is wrong for entrepreneurs to profit from what you give away to charity, and that by dumping huge amounts of cheap U.S. clothing on the streets here, African textile industries are closing their factories and laying people off because they cannot make clothes as cheaply as those American items found in the bend over markets.

The other view is that the donated clothing market is actually the American way, that your old clothing is used at every step to create new wealth and to help people who are less fortunate. First of all, charities like Goodwill Industries and The Salvation Army make clear on their Web sites that proceeds for charity and thrift shops, as well as from bulk sales to recyclers, go directly to support education, work and drug rehab programs for people who would otherwise suffer greatly. After all, isn't that the spirit in which you gave your clothes to begin with?

Both the Goodwill and the Salvation Army point out on their Web sites that much of the donated clothes are sold in their charity shops to raise money for a variety of good causes. But there is no mention of the fact that some donated items are sold overseas at a profit to private enterprises. One Goodwill source stressed that Americans should continue to donate their used clothing because U.S. charities need their cut of this market in order to help other Americans in need. 041b061a72


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