Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse are a problem for many of the people who witness the horrors of war in service to their country. The Vietnam Veterans Association (VVA) stages town hall meetings throughout the United States to encourage veterans of all conflicts to get help if they are dealing with depression, abusing alcohol or other substances, or having thoughts of suicide. And that’s just one of the many veterans’ initiatives that your generous donations to ClothingDonations.org help fund, so you can feel twice as good about cleaning out your closets.
Donations of used clothing and household goods made to ClothingDonations.org are resold to thrift and secondhand stores throughout the country, with the proceeds going toward funding veterans’ programs at a hyperlocal level. With the help of the local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans Association, for example, more than 30 homeless veterans in Northern Virginia received Veterans Administration Supportive Housing (VASH) program gift cards to assist in finding stable housing during the holidays, and still more received grants to cover sudden financial emergencies.
Kids grow up fast, and as a result, parents may find themselves with a lot of baby and children’s clothing to donate on a regular basis. The good news is that you can schedule donations to ClothingDonations.org every season for the first few years as babies grow out of those onesies, pajamas and booties. Make sure that there are no big stains or holes, Momtastic says, and the items will clothe other kids as well as help veterans!
There are many ways you can help veterans this summer. You can donate clothes and other home goods to us. You can visit a wounded veteran in the hospital. You can deliver a meal to a veteran, or simply say, “Thank you.” Take a look at other ideas here.
Have you already made a clothing donation, but you’re still looking for ways to help our veterans? Think about putting together a care package or letter to send to our troops overseas. You can also volunteer at local veterans associations, organizations or hospitals. Contact us if you need help finding volunteer opportunities near you!