If you’ve ever donated clothing to Goodwill or other local charity have you really stopped to think about how deep-down good it feels and what a difference you could be making in someone’s life? Donating is not just a great way to clean out your closet, it has a whole host of other tangible and karmic benefits.
Tax Deduction: If you donate clothes to a nonprofit organization, the items can be deducted on your taxes. Be sure to get a receipt. If you’re uber-organized or just have paranoia about the IRS (and who doesn’t) you might want to snap a picture of your donations, just in case you’re ever audited and there is a question about the condition of the items. How much should you claim? This article from eHow details how to value donated clothes.
Giving Is Green: Do you know some people actually throw their old clothes away? As in, the garbage? Our landfills are full enough without legwarmers and coats adding to the mess. You may not wear that itchy sweater with the ducks and geese romping across it but don’t deny someone else the chance to make it their own. Don’t throw it away, donate!
Helping Others: Wichita has many consignment shops and they’re a great way to make a little money off gently worn clothes but if you donate them instead, you’ll be doing your part to pay it forward. Many low-income families, as well as families who have lost clothing in a disaster such as a flood or fire will benefit from your donation. Organizations in Wichita that accept donated clothing include Goodwill, DAV, Mulvane Care & Share, Inc and New For You Kids. Please call before donating to inquire about requirements and preferred donation days.
Gown Town: At In The Bag Cleaners we’re doing our part to pay it forward by participating in Gown Town. Sponsored by the Junior League Of Wichita and B-98 FM, Gown Town is an event designed to help junior and senior high school students select formal gowns, tuxedos, shoes and other accessories for prom, free of charge. All In The Bag Cleaners locations in Wichita are drop-off points and we clean every garment at no charge before it goes to Gown Town. If you have a new or gently used formal gown, tux or other formalwear accessory we hope you’ll consider donating to this incredible event.
If you’re headed to a formal event this spring and your pretty dresses have been packed away for the winter, bring them to In The Bag Dry Cleaners. We’ll get them back in shape and ready for the party in no time.
Your clothes are safe with us!