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Child.org Core: Why don't we want your old clothes?
Posted on 13th Sep 2016
When we turn down donations of clothes, it's hard when supporters feel offended.
At Child.org we have the best supporters. People who beleive in our way of changing the world, who want to be a part of what we do. Often these brilliant people will think of new ways to help us. Many of them like to feel they are helping in ways that make them feel more connected to the charity than donating money.
One of these people is my mum. My mum is the best of people. She is unbeleivably smart and always thinking of new ways to help other people out, in her local community and elsewhere. Last year she spend a week wearing nothing but pyjamas to raise money for us, and next month she'll be cooking an amazing dinner for The Great Big Super Club.
A few months ago I got a call from my mum about shoes. The local shoe shop in her town had offered her a load of free shoes, thinking she might use them for costumes for the local theatre group (my mum makes costumes for the local theatre. She is amazing.) The shoes were brand new modern shoes, just a little faded from being in the window of the shop. Mum wanted to know if I would like to send them to Kenya.
This is not the only offer of clothes that we have had recently at Child.org. People often think it would be lovely for us to send their old clothes (sometimes quality newer items, sometimes people offer clothes they have been unable to sell at bootsales.) We really appreciate these people for thinking of Child.org and wanting to help. And it can be difficult for us to explain that we don't want the clothes.
But shipping all our old clothes over to Africa is expensive. For the cost of flying those clothes over we could do far more useful things! It promotes a culture of dependance and has problematic implications for local economies.
Supporting fast throw-away fashion has an enormous impact on the planet. Climate change is a graver threat to the world's poorest children than their worn clothes.
There is a great article here about throwaway fashion and what happens to donated clothes.
I chatted to my mum about all this and she instantly got it. It's pretty easy for someone to understand why we don't want their old clothes, it just goes against how we've been trained to think about charity.
If you have clothes that you would like to use to help Child.org, the most effective thing you can do is to sell them, at a bring and buy or even on ebay, and donate the proceeds. We can then spend that at our projects on something boring sounding like training someone in a school, or running a piece of research that helps us prove the benefits of school nutrition to encourage a school to invest in running a feeding programme. I know, it isn't as satisfying as handing a child a nice t-shirt and seeing their smile. I love giving presents to children as much as the next human being. But we want to be effective, we want to change the world in a big way, in a long-term way and in a sustainable way. I hope that our supporters understand that and are happy to come on this exciting journey with us.
If you want to help us change the world, hold a supper club. Why not make it into a clothes swish? Everyone brings a couple of items of clothing to dinner and swaps them with other people at the table. That way everyone gets a new outfit and knows they are helping Child.org in the most effective way possible.