Research Paper: Donations to Charities Clothes

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Donations to Charities

Clothes donation to charities

Each day there is a family or an individual who feels he has more clothes than he actually needs or clothes that they may never use again in life. This then prompts them to give these clothes away with the hope that it can reach a needy person somewhere within the U.S.A. Or even beyond the U.S.A. And help the person have a better life. This is the main prompter to most people giving their clothes to charities.

This paper takes a critical look at the stream of events from the time the person donates the clothes to the very end where a person receives it on the other side. It also analyses the significance of donations and the reason why many more people should donate. But again, it looks at the unfortunate events that take place along the way after the person drops his donations and before the needy person receives it. The paper then suggests various checks that the individuals donating can take to avert abuse of the donation process.

Donation process

Many organizations have made the donation procedure very simple for the well wishers by establishing several stores where they can drop their clothes and get a receipt indicating value for possible tax deductibles later on. Many of these charities have also taken to distributing their labeled bags to neighborhoods or erect drop boxes where they regularly collect the donated clothes. This is the followed by the charity looking at the need points like the disaster stricken areas and the poor in other parts of the world like in Africa and donating these to them.

Reasons to donate clothes

Many people will donate because they have more than they need and would not mind giving out the extra share. Yet some would just be compelled by their inner self to donate clothes and other valuables despite the fact that they do not have a lot in extra storage. Whichever for it is, donations are a comfort to the person psychologically, spiritually and helps in the emotional well-being. LaMeaux E., (2011) gives the following to be the fundamental reasons why people donate to charities within the U.S.A.;

Tax deductibles: there is a nice system within the U.S.A. that when one donates to non-profit groups or charitable organizations then the equivalent of the amount you donate is tax deductible. This goes further to the travelling costs, parking fee, event fee and all the activities related to the non-profit group as long as the charity is not reimbursing you for the expenses incurred in the process. This is a good incentive that gives many people the reason to keep donating to charities. However, here Motes J. (2011) notes that for one to qualify for this deductions, the clothes must be in good condition as will be determines by the collection agency or the charity.

Better sense of well-being: the gesture of helping the needy often leads to satisfaction with self. The knowledge that you sacrificed a valuable item or time or even money just to help others who are in need makes one feel they have purpose in life and grants the inner peace.

Information on social injustices: before one gives to a given charity, they will have a good reason as to why to give their clothes or money to that particular charity. In the process, the person is bound to search for a lot of information on the reasons for the existence of the organization and how the donations help solve social challenges. This way, the person will get to know of the social injustices around the world and even get the alternative perspectives about issues within the society which hitherto they could have bee oblivious about.

Spiritual life: many religious groups have the belief of selflessness and it is one of the pillars of many religions. It is deemed that it is one of the key manifestations of the spiritual belief of an individual hence giving will help a person strengthen their spiritual conviction and practices giving you an inner peace.

Physical and social benefits: once one gets into donation of small items like clothes for the needy, there is possibility of having the inner conviction to physically donate their time as well and become volunteers. During the volunteer session, one will automatically expand their social circles and have the physical, spiritual as well as the mental benefits from the labor that they contribute to the given charity.

Challenges in donation to charity

Everyone who gives the clothes to charity hopes that the piece of donated clothes will have their way to the poor and needy person at the bottom of the chain or even better the proceeds of the sales would be channeled back to help elevate the poor life of an individual who is the main target of the charity movement and the donations anyway. However, this is seldom the case since there have been various organizations who have been observed to misuse the donations given or the money that comes from the sale of the clothes and other valuable donated. According to Apartment Therapy (2013) an organization like Planet Aid has been severally found to misuse the donations and channel the money they get to not intended purposes and personal profits. Planet Aid is an organization that is supposed to carry out charity work by collecting clothes and giving them to the poor. This organization raises almost their entire funds by selling the donated clothes. Worst case in point is the distribution of only $8,000 of the goods that were donated in 2004 out of the $8.7 million that were spent within the same year.

The other concern that is hard to beat is the aspect of the contracted firms that deal in collection and export of these donated clothes in order to support the charity work. As Emily a., (2011) indicated, there are rising concerns over contracted companies like Kettering Textiles Limited that belongs to Nigel Hanger making enormous profits from the proceeds of the donated clothes. The donors feel that the Salvation Army should not give such contracts to people who are bent on making millions in profits from the items that are meant to help the poor in the name of exporting on behalf of the charity. This fact has pushed back a few people from donating to such charities, in as much as the charity is reputable and makes good use of the cash that ultimately lands in their hands after the sale of the clothes. Indeed hanger confesses that the profits are high and that the markets are ready particularly in Europe. To him, this is a profit making venture and not a charity process to help find solutions to problems of the needy, hence bringing a conflict of interest. Apparently, some of these cannot be avoided since they are administrative costs as the y can be considered hence inevitable in a way, lest the charity also grinds to a halt.

Apparently these two above are not the only obstacles and challenges that the donors of clothes are faced with in their god intentions. There is usually a massive delay at the customs of various countries where the clothes are destined for. This creates a delay in the help that the donors had set out to give. Yet another connected issue with donation of clothes is the lack of someone to sort them out at the destination. Indeed Kate S. (2010) of Disaster News Network indicates that most of the clothing sent to disaster stricken points end up at the landfill, which was not the intended destination by the donors. The reason for this she indicates is due to lack of people to sort them out and direct the clothing to the appropriate persons as required. This indicates that the clothes majorly do not reach the intended destination at the end of the chain. This though tends to happen widely when the agency concerned does not target well the recipients of the clothes since the very needy will always have time to sort the tons of clothes taken to them.

The other factor that ends up subjecting well intentioned donations to waste is the lack of accurate choice of clothes for the right weather or culture. There is an assumption that any clothing that Americans are accustomed to can be relevant to other people out there, yet this is not the truth. There is a likelihood of the weather making it impossible for the targeted recipients to use the clothes as well as variation in cultures may render a community that is really needy unable to use the clothes received since they are culturally unfit for the people, hence rendering the clothes that were hitherto donated for a good course, a waste. Charity Raters (2013) points out that it is important to consider whether the people really need the clothes and if these clothes will really do any good to them rather… [END OF PREVIEW]

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