How to Donate Clothing to Developing Countries

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Donating clothing to a developing country happens less than one might think. Costs to ship as well as negative effects on developing countries' textile markets have hindered this process. Donating clothing should be done and is beneficial, but it usually ends up being sold and the money from the clothing goes to support other necessities and humanitarian programs.

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Things you need

  • Used or new clothing
  • Plastic bag or box

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    Gather clothing that's still good such as shirts, pants, shoes and jackets. Get them cleaned and into a box or a bag.

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    Find an international clothing bank or drop off box such as Humana, Planet Aid, Oxfam or Goodwill in your area and deliver the clothing. Humana may deliver some clothes and shoes overseas, but mostly they sell them and then send money to the developing countries for education, food, medicine and other necessities. This is a great way donated clothing can make a difference outside of the closet or the landfill.

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    Travel to developing countries either on your own or with a relief organization and bring clothes to distribute to people in need.

  4. 4

    Donate shoes to Africa by participating in Shoe4Africa. Donating shoes provides valuable hygienic needs to each person as well as self esteem.

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