Did you know Long Islanders throw away 500 million pounds of clothing every year? Often, they dispose of perfectly-good shirts, pants, dresses and suits, which could easily help someone in need. Rather than tossing your old duds next time, you can make a difference by contributing to contribute to Long Island clothing donations, such as Big Brothers Big Sister of Long Island.
If you would like to donate clothing to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island, first take an inventory of what is stored in your closets, basement or attic. As you sort through your clothing, create a pile for donations and another pile for what you plan to keep.
While sorting, ask yourself these three things:
Even though all the Long Island clothing donations we receive are helpful, some items are especially popular with those in need, including:
As you prepare to donate, give extra thought as to whether you can truly make use of extra quantities of these types of items.
Once you have chosen what you would like to donate, it’s time to double-check the condition of the clothing. Before scheduling a pick up, you should ask yourself if you would feel comfortable giving your clothing to a friend or relative.
If you have the time, you might want to clean the clothes. It’s also helpful to sort and label clothing into categories, like shirts or pants, especially if you are making a large donation.
Although we accept less than perfect Long Island clothing donations, tattered apparel is not ideal, because it can cost us money to dispose of them.
Whatever clothing you choose to donate, all net proceed go towards supporting the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island.
Big Brother Big Sisters of Long Island’s online scheduling tool allows you to select a pickup date. All you have to do is complete a form located on our website. If the date you requested is not available, please call us at (631) 234-0000, and we will be happy to assist you.