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We all have them. Most people keep old sheets and towels for as long as possible so as not to waste them. But we know there comes a point when they have to go. What then? When it comes to these items, remember that one man’s trash truly is another man’s treasure so think twice before you just throw them away.
You might be surprised at your options for donating your old linens and other home textiles, take a look at these options:
You can donate old linens, old blankets and bath towels to one of your local charities, such as Goodwill so long as they are in decent condition. These will then be resold or given to those in need. You do need to make sure your sheets and towels are in good shape though as they will need to often sell them.
Goodwill is a thrift store but also functions as a charity so you can drop stuff off and know that it’s going to good use. They will either sell it to make money to go into helping others or give it to those in desperate need of help.
The Salvation Army thrift stores will also take the blankets and sheets that are in good condition. Most thrift stores, in fact, have a similar policy. But before you take your linens and old towels to your local thrift store, be sure to check ahead of time for their specific policy. They will usually have very specific guidelines for what is acceptable for resale or donation and what is not.
Many local churches are happy to take gently used towels and sheets for reuse and distribution as needed. The churches are usually able to use these for outreach to people who are homeless, people in distress, or overseas foundations. You can find out if there is a drop-off day or time or if someone in the church will pick up the goods.
LoadUp is a company that will pick up your unwanted items and deliver them to a local charity of your choice. All you have to do is book a pickup online or over the phone, and their team of haulers will take care of the rest.
They accept a wide range of items in good condition, including furniture, appliances, clothes, and bedding. Plus, they offer competitive rates and fast, friendly service. So before you get rid of your old stuff, check with LoadUp first to see if they can help give it a new life.
This organization has drop-off locations where you can donate the sheets and blankets. But you can also organize a pickup where they come to your home if that’s more convenient for you. GreenDrop takes your items and then uses them to assist charitable organizations like the American Red Cross and the National Federation of the Blind.
If your sheets and towels are in bad shape or really on their last leg (ripped seams, holes, completely stretched out, badly stained, etc) then you can always donate them to your local animal shelter. Animal shelters usually reuse household items such as old linens, dish towels, mattress toppers, blankets or clothing as bedding or clean-up rags.
Some vets are happy to accept donations like linens, pillows, and blankets to use for keeping the animals warm and cozy in their visit. You can call ahead to find out if they are accepting donations at that time. Then you can usually drop the items off at the vet location.
Most homeless shelters and organizations serving the homeless will happily accept sheet and towel donations. If it’s a family shelter, you could even bundle up some sheets to donate to families that are currently living there.
You can also check online resources like Facebook or Twitter to find out if an organization in your area is hosting a donation day for blankets and sheets.
Household Goods is a foundation based only in Massachusetts. They take your sheets, old towels and blankets and then distribute them to those in need such as the homeless due to fires, those fleeing domestic abuse, veterans, and those living with disabilities.
If you are not near this specific foundation, many others around the USA perform similar functions and can help you make the most of your old linens and blankets by helping others. Almost any housing shelter in your community will be thankful for a donation.
Once you decide where you want to donate your old bed linens, you need to make sure that they are clean and ready to use. To do that, you can either wash them with hot water on a regular cycle or dry-clean them before you drop them off.
While some people choose to donate their old towels separately from the sheets, towels usually take up more space in garbage trucks than bed sheets do. So, if you have a lot of towels to donate, don’t forget to pack them in separate boxes before you deliver them.
As you might know, your towel is probably one of the most used items in your bathroom. They need proper cleaning and maintenance because used towels can easily cause bacterial infections such as pink eye or skin rashes.
Donating old bed linen is very important because there are many people who need it every day. You can visit places like Goodwill or Salvation Army that will accept your donation without any problem. However, before you take the items to be donated, make sure that they are clean and free of any stains or holes.
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If you´re interested in donating or recycling your old bedding, there are plenty of options available. Whether you choose to drop it off in person or have a courier pick it up, there are ways for you to assist others while reusing your old bedding.
While donating will help disadvantaged people and animals, reusing and recycling an old blanket or towel and giving them a new life is also more environmentally friendly than simply putting them into a landfill.
Whatever you end up deciding, you’ll be keeping your old sheets and towels out of the landfill and as such will feel as if you’re making a real difference in people’s lives!
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