Donating clothing to your favourite pet charity shop
Pet charities are very dependant on the generosity of the UK public to survive and helps them to be able to offer their charitable services, to the general public.
Many pet organisations have opened shops such as the Blue Cross, RSPCA and PDSA. The RSPCA have more than 120 pet charity shops up and down the country, of the 300 pet charities listed, bringing in much needed financial income to keep up their pet veterinary care and rehoming shelters.
There are more than 11,200 charity shops in the UK, as reported by The Charity Association with 85% of those based in England.
Recent global pandemic events saw many shops close temporarily and people cancelling direct debits to charities whilst they struggled with their own finances. This has impacted heavily on all large and small charities including pet charities who depend on the shops income to survive.
Shops started reopening June 2020, mostly in a staggered reopening schedule with various social distancing procedures put in place for those who want to shop.
However they issued some guidelines to their supporters on what donations they can receive currently and how.
Some shops will take all manner of things while others specialise. Whether it’s last years wedding outfit, designer-label clothing, bric-brac, books, jewellery, they need your support more than ever.
Before you drive fully laden with goodies, it’s important to take some advice from your local pet charity shop.
Here are some pointers
1. Cleaning your pre-loved items is a must, before donating. This helps the charity shop to process items more quickly and raises much more money for them.
2. Charities take a wide range of items, others now specialise. You can call ahead and ask if they take electricals or perhaps, skiwear, out of season clothing, for example, avoiding a wasted journey.
3. You can donate your old household textiles as well as fashion clothing. If clothing and textiles cannot be re-sold, pre-sort these from the good clothing and textiles into a separate bag and mark accordingly. Clothing and textiles that cannot be sold are recycled and currently saves 339,00 tonnes from landfill by UK charity shops and still raise modest sums of income for the charity.
4. Other items you that you wish to dispose of that are no longer usable and that charity shops cannot sell, can be recycled in the usual way checking by your local council recycling website on how to correctly dispose of.
5. Before arriving at your local store with donations, it’s wise to call and check that they are open and can take large donations. They may ask you to wait a day or so and prepare space for your donation of goods, or ask you to stagger your drop-offs to help with their processing.
6. Charity shops are grateful to receive brand new items, the more the better. If you have new quality goods then point this out to the store labelling the contents of the bag, as they will make sure they sort these quickly for selling.
7. If you have not already signed up in-store, and a UK taxpayer, ask for their “Gift Aid” form which requires very little information from you. Charities benefit from tax concessions under UK tax law. Gift Aid increases the value of donations by 25%, meaning more money goes to your favourite charity.
With the recent pandemic, charity shops need your help more than ever.
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