Were you aware that as recently as January 2015, there were 564,708 homeless in the United States on any given night? While 15% of this population consists of the “chronically homeless,” others are without a home due to local disasters and other unforeseen events.
The American Red Cross provides assistance to families and communities that experience a variety of natural and other disasters. They offer food, blankets, clothing, shelter, and life-sustaining blood 24 hours a day throughout the year. In addition to these services, counseling and other types of support is provided to individuals that have experienced a traumatic event.
The Red Cross is the 13th largest charity in the United States, and in 2014 alone, it received $687 million in private donations. When surveyed, 63% of donors with a high net worth stated that they were motivated to donate as a means to “give back to the community.” Every year, 70% of the American population makes some type of charitable donation, and 3% of America’s income is given annually to charity.
Furthermore, in addition to being a beneficiary, non-profit organizations also contribute a significant value to communities across the country. It is estimated that $666.1 billion is contributed to the economy by these organizations on an annual basis. This occurs as a result of their efforts to assist individuals, families, and communities in need.
Charity-managed thrift stores support both local and nationwide programs. In 2015, the proceeds from these stores exceeded $2.5 million. If you would like to contribute to the efforts of charitable organizations such as the American Red Cross, you can make household and clothing donations.
In addition to taking your items to a Red Cross donation center, you can also contact GreenDrop for a Red Cross pickup. They have mobile trailers that collect tons of donations every week. Furthermore, GreenDrop also has around 30 free-standing donation locations if you would like to drop off your American Red Cross donations.
When you donate clothes to a Red Cross donation center, you are helping this non-profit organization help others within your community and nationwide. Every donation can make a difference in someone’s life.