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Where can I donate used clothing?

Si Cantwell
StarNews

There are numerous Wilmington nonprofits that accept clothing donations, including Good Shepherd Center (763-4424); the Salvation Army (762-6611); the Vintage Values stores operated by Domestic Violence Shelter & Services Inc. (343-0703); the Bargain Box of Wilmington, operated by Church of the Servant, Episcopal (362-0603), the Christian Women’s Job Corps (392-3967), and Goodwill Industries stores, now known as GCF Donation Centers and Stores (794-9650).

Joining the e-mail list freecycle.org is a great way of sharing items you no longer need, including clothes. I gave away a big batch of ties to a young man who’d just gotten a job that required him to wear a tie, and he was glad to get them.

A reader asked about bins at the Target shopping center. These bins the readers mentioned are provided by Friendship Used Clothing Collection and maintained locally by For a Brighter Tomorrow.

Friendship Used Clothing is an LLC, a private company based in Garner. It was founded in 2003 by David Greenfield.

He said more than 80 percent of used clothing ends up in landfills.

His goal was to ease the load on landfills and get the clothes to people who need them.

Friendship Used Clothing ships clothes by the container load to Third World countries in Africa and elsewhere, and more recently to Haiti.

Greenfield said Haiti’s port was so jammed that it was hard for him to get container loads in, so he developed contacts in the Dominican Republic who take the clothes overland into Haiti.

Wayne McKimm of Wilmington collects the bins in the Wilmington area, including the ones in front of the Target store and Sam’s Club, operating as For a Brighter Tomorrow.

He used to maintain that bin in front of the Food Lion on Oleander Drive, but sometimes people start dumping mattresses and couches near his bins,

“I get blessed with these items,” he said sarcastically. “Property managers get tired of it.”

He accepts clothes, shoes, linens and books, but he has no way to dispose of furniture and items too large to fit in the bins. He trucks them up to Garner periodically.

Friendship Used Clothing pays for his gas.

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One Response to “ Where can I donate used clothing?”

  1. On April 6, 2010 at 11:04 am Cathy wrote:

    So, does Mr. McKimm get paid for maintaining the bins? Where does Friendship get their financing to pay for the donations? Friendship’s website states:

    “You let us know when the shed is full and we will empty it, and send your organization a check. Hosting a Friendship Used Clothing Collection Shed is a great way for your organization to realize a steady source of income.”



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