The Red Cross is one of the oldest European charities. It was founded in Switzerland over 150 years ago and now operates in all European countries. They are part of a global voluntary movement in the EU and around the world. Their aim is to help people affected by conflicts, natural disasters, and people in emergencies, who are seeking help and support. 90% of all raised funding is spent on delivering care to those in need.
Donating clothes to Red Cross is easy and can have some extra benefits. Depending on your country, you may be able to donate by post. You can order a donation bag, fill it up, and drop it off at a collection point all free of charge. Some countries offer a reward programme that allows you to collect points towards vouchers to spend in shops. Please contact your local store to find out if this is available in your area. Another benefit of donating to the Red Cross is that in some countries they are able to claim a tax credit against the value of the items donated. Check if this service is available in your area and if so, fill out the form when sending in your clothes.
You may think that your clothes are no longer good because you no longer wear them, but many clothing charities will be able to recycle clothes and give your them a new life. Red Cross, however, does not have the facility to recycle unsellable clothes. They ask that all donated clothes are in a good, reusable, and clean condition. Donations containing high quality items or items in a good condition can raise more money when they are resold.
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