Americans are eager, now more than ever, to show their support and appreciation for the sacrifices veterans and military families have made. There are a number of both local and national organizations that help military families and veterans, by accepting a variety of charitable donations, such as food or household items. Many charities for military families make donating easier and more convenient than ever by offering a donation pick up service, in which Americans can make military donations from the comfort of their own home. However Americans decide to show their support for military families and veterans, they can be proud that they are supporting a great cause.
Clothing donations have increased in popularity in recent years. In fact, in 2011 alone, an estimated two million tons of clothing and textiles were recycled or donated to charities in the United States. Clothing donations are not only an excellent way of supporting veterans and military families, they are also beneficial for the environment, which is cause many Americans also feel strongly about. Americans discard an estimated 68 pounds of clothing each year, though nearly 99% of clothing that is thrown away can be reused or recycled. By making clothing donations, Americans are helping veterans and military families, as well as significantly reducing the amount of textile waste that ends up in landfills. Nearly 80% of donated clothing in the United States is used by charitable organizations, going towards individuals and families in need as well as for funding.
Clothing donations are just one way of helping veterans and military families. Whether Americans donate money, time, clothing or other items, they can feel confident their efforts are making a difference and are greatly appreciated by those in need.