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Organizing a Clothing Drive for Homeless Shelters

Business and church clothing drives are important to the Mission's continued success.

Often we get calls from people who want to donate some clothing items. While we appreciate every donation, we often have to drive many miles to pick up these donations, which often only consist of a few items.

With the high price of gas it is sometimes difficult for us to afford all our pickups. Group clothing drives bring a lot of clothes to a central location, which saves us time and gas money. Church clothing drives help us continue to operate a viable Mission.

10 Steps to Organizing a Clothing Drive at Your Business, Church or Civic Organization

  1. Prayerfully decide that you will take charge and initiate a clothing drive at your church.
  2. Talk to your boss or pastor and get his OK to organize a clothing drive.
  3. Plan a time frame for your bussiness' or church's drive (we suggest three or four weeks).
  4. Decide what clothes you will drive for (we suggest men's underwear, socks, pants, shirts, pajamas, bed sheets and pillow cases). At this time we have sufficient clothing for women and children.
  5. Call the Mission and ask for one of our blue barrels for the collection.
  6. Ask your boss or pastor to let you announce the drive in some way so others will know. Make an effort to announce what clothes you are looking for and why it is important that people donate clothes. Also, tell people where they should put their donated items.
  7. Keep your collection barrel looking clean and neat. If you get too many clothes you might need to bag some of the clothes and store in another room so they don't overwhelm the area.
  8. Collect all the clothes you have received at the end of your drive and put them in bags. Please sort and label, for example "socks" "underwear" etc.
  9. Arrange to get your clothes to the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake, 463 South 400 West (you could either find someone in your church to bring your bags to the Mission or call the Mission, 355-1302, and have us pick it up).
  10. Praise God that He used you to help Salt Lake's needy (Matthew 25:37-40).
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