‘Tis the Season to Give Back to Our Nation’s Veterans

Children in need clothing

The holiday season is truly the most wonderful time of the year, and an important time to give back to the military community and veterans who have sacrificed so much in the name of freedom.

The holidays are not only busy for retailers and businesses, it’s one of the busiest times of year for charities and organizations that help military families and veterans. Charities for military families and veterans often receive an influx of charitable donations from the community during the holiday season, including money, non-perishable food items, household appliances and goods, and perhaps most importantly, gently-used clothing donations.

Did you that the majority of clothing and textile discarded in the United States could have been reused or recycled? In fact, a whopping 12 million tons of clothing and textile waste is thrown out each year, according to research. Not only does this put an environmental burden on landfills, it deprives those in need.

Making clothing donations for veterans is perhaps one of the best and most convenient ways to show your support. As frigid winter weather continues to plague the nation during the winter months, military families can greatly benefit from winter clothing donations for veterans. In addition, these kinds of donations help to significantly reduce landfill waste, which is also important to many Americans.

If you’d like to contribute but are unsure of what kind of clothing donations for veterans and military families are best, consider donating warm, winter clothes in addition to professional attire. Veterans are often faced with higher rates of unemployment, and professional attire — which can be expensive — gives them a competitive edge.

If you’re short on time but would still like to contribute, there are a number of organizations that pick up donations from the convenience of your home, allowing you to donate on your time. Or, there typically a number of used clothing pick up drives during the holiday season, which make it convenient to run errands and give back to the community at the same time.

However or how much you choose to contribute is irrelevant. Each contribution makes a big difference. Often times, the smallest of acts of kindness are the most impactful.