Eden Gives Back: Clothing Drive

Jul!a Jul!a
Hello everybody! I want to tell you about our next project here. What we're going to do this month is a large-scale clothing donation. It doesn't have to be clothing, it could be anything from toys to cookware. It all just depends on what the donation centers in your area are looking for.

First, you should head to the internet and look up donation centers in your area. If you're looking to get an itemized receipt for tax purposes, you'll need to visit a center in person. If you're just looking to donate some clothing or shoes, you can search for a drop box. You can also visit TurboTax, sign up for free, and get a good estimate of what your donated items are worth for tax purposes.

These are just a few of the larger nationwide organizations. There are plenty of local organizations that are just as deserving of your time and help, so make sure you don't discount them in a search.

Goodwill will take clothing, household items like dishes/cookware/books/ bicycles/furniture, electronics like old televisions, working computers, DVD players, and the like.

Salvation Army will take donations of furniture, clothing, vehicles, household goods, money, and even your time.

Amvets takes monetary donations right on the main site, but if you search “Amvets department of (your state)” you'll get a page that will give you information on how to arrange a drop off, or they can come pick up your goods. Amvets takes household goods and clothing.

If you're unsure about what you can donate in your area, search for donation centers, and call them. Different centers won't take certain items, so it's always best to call first and see what your local center can take.


After you've found a donation center and made contact, it's time to gather up the items you're planning on donating. Make a nice pile out of everything, then take a picture to show us. Once you've got your picture taken of your pile of donations, head on over and give your stuff to some people who need it! Take a few pictures of you actually making the donation if you can. After you get back home, send the pictures and a brief description to Rayne ( Rayne @ edenfantasys.com) and you'll get your very own post on our Eden Gives Back blog! It'll be super easy to see everybody's pictures, and a great way to share all the great work you're doing! We'll discuss our donation experiences during the next Eden Gives Back meeting, and try to get our next large project up and running.
05/09/2011
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liilii080 liilii080
This is a great idea! My closet need a good clean out and so does the tupperware drawer. As soon as I get back in town, I am going to get cleaning and donating. EF- helping people and closets everywhere!
05/09/2011
Illusional Illusional
This is a wonderful idea!
05/09/2011
sexyintexas sexyintexas
I already started cleaning out my closets. A little side note..at the last meeting it was brought up that some places are weary now to take clothing because of the bedbug outbreaks. I went to my local donation shelter (I live in a very small town, where everyone knows everyone) and inquired about it. They told me that bedbugs and their eggs die at 120 degrees so if you wash and dry them on a high heat there is no chance of transfer. In a larger town where you can't really trust some of the donations I dont know how this would work so now I have about 15 loads of laundry to do this week before I take donations to them, that way they can put them right on the shelf to sell.
05/09/2011
El-Jaro El-Jaro
Great idea!

I JUST got a couple bags of clothes and such around yesterday!
05/09/2011
Taylor Taylor
What a nice idea. I was just thinking about how I needed to go through my stuff and donate some of it. Hopefully I can get to it soon.
05/09/2011
Lady Venus Lady Venus
I just made a large clothing donation to the Red Cross last week - 4 large garbage bags full. I'll have to take a look at what I have packed away in boxes.
05/09/2011
Bunnycups Bunnycups
I recently cleaned out 2 garages and donated everything to the Vietnam Veterans of America. I wish I took a picture.
05/09/2011
El-Jaro El-Jaro
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Originally posted by Lady Venus
I just made a large clothing donation to the Red Cross last week - 4 large garbage bags full. I'll have to take a look at what I have packed away in boxes.
I didn't know if Cross took clothing items.
05/10/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by El-Jaro
I didn't know if Cross took clothing items.
All you need to do is call your local one and see!
05/10/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
Quote:
Originally posted by Jul!a
Hello everybody! I want to tell you about our next project here. What we're going to do this month is a large-scale clothing donation. It doesn't have to be clothing, it could be anything from toys to cookware. It all just depends on what ... More
AUGHGH! Great idea! I just brought three huge bags of childrens' clothes to GoodWill last week. I still have a few bags here.
05/16/2011
Vaccinium Vaccinium
I just sent off my photo to Carrie Ann. We ended up filling the back of my wife's minivan and then some.
05/16/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by P'Gell
AUGHGH! Great idea! I just brought three huge bags of childrens' clothes to GoodWill last week. I still have a few bags here.
Take a few pictures and send your story to Carrie Ann!
05/16/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
*shameless bump*
05/17/2011
shentel shentel
this is a really good idea . give back to the community.
05/17/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
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Originally posted by Jul!a
Take a few pictures and send your story to Carrie Ann!
I have at least 3 more bags of stuff. My little one was just diagnosed with pneumonia this morning, so it may be a few days before I get around to photographing the stuff.

Then I just bring it to Good Will like I was planning?
05/17/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by P'Gell
I have at least 3 more bags of stuff. My little one was just diagnosed with pneumonia this morning, so it may be a few days before I get around to photographing the stuff.

Then I just bring it to Good Will like I was planning?
Yes ma'am! If you can take pictures of it being donated, even better, but no biggie if you can't. Then when you get home send the pictures and your story to Carrie Ann
05/17/2011
MeliPixie MeliPixie
Too bad I can't show everyone what I donated... I did it about a month ago! But to give you all an idea, I have a walk-in closet with two four-foot clothing bars, and they were so full I had to shove some aside and quick slam the door in order to get it to close properly! I gave the few articles that would fit her skinny little body to my younger sister, set aside a few things for my baby niece I was saving from my own childhood, and tediously tried on casuals, dress clothes and uniforms. now barely more than half of ONE bar is full, and the rest was donated! I also had a lot of childhood toys and things that weren't broken or anything, I just never used them anymore, and those went too! Everything went to benefit my little hometown's community center. Now I can access my closet and bedroom floor, and they have clothes for all season and toys for less fortunate kids! It was a win-win, as donating to the needy often is
05/17/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by MeliPixie
Too bad I can't show everyone what I donated... I did it about a month ago! But to give you all an idea, I have a walk-in closet with two four-foot clothing bars, and they were so full I had to shove some aside and quick slam the door in order to ... More
It's a shame you didn't get pictures, I love seeing before and after transformations like that. But it all went to a great cause
05/17/2011
Collodion Collodion
Hm...I'll have to look into helping my family clean out our place.

Sounds like a good cause.
05/17/2011
ac0313 ac0313
I have bags of clothes just waiting to be sorted and dropped off at Goodwill! I'll have to take a pic and post later.
05/18/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by ac0313
I have bags of clothes just waiting to be sorted and dropped off at Goodwill! I'll have to take a pic and post later.
Don't just post! Email your pictures and any story you may have about it to Carrie Ann!
05/18/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
I'm starting to get my pile ready, anybody else?
05/30/2011
Kindred Kindred
We're getting a pile ready for pickup tomorrow. I'll try to remember to take pictures.
05/30/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by Kindred
We're getting a pile ready for pickup tomorrow. I'll try to remember to take pictures.
Yay!
05/31/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
I'm sending in my submission right now!

Who else is gonna donate?
06/06/2011
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
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Originally posted by Jul!a
I'm sending in my submission right now!

Who else is gonna donate?
I have plans to, just have not had the time to get it all together. Might have to 'force' the issue this weekend. Pretty rough around here lately.
06/06/2011
That Man from Mars That Man from Mars
I do this all the time. I think it's nice that Eden is trying to encourage people, but personally I'd feel pretty ashamed if I had to be encouraged (to a point of taking picture evidence) when it comes to donations.

Nothing against anyone else of course. That's just me. Suffice to say I try to make a regular habit of helping those in need.
06/06/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
I actually went to Goodwill last week and didn't give them my stuff, because I hadn't taken the pictures yet. They're in my car, and I need to get to this.

Thanks for the reminder.
06/06/2011
~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
I am so glad we decided to go through with this. Great timing too! I am cleaning the apartment!
06/06/2011
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