Do you want to know a great way to recycle, reduce and reuse — all while getting ready for a new school year? Do you want to know a great way to help kids get ready for school? According to the U. S. Census, 49.1 million people in the United States live in poverty. That means they may not have all of their basic needs, such as clothes to wear. Some of your friends in school may be one of these people but do not want anyone to know. YOU can do something to help! Do you have things in your closets that you do not like to wear any more or that do not fit?
Ask a parent to help you. Get boxes and label them according to size. Next, go through your clothes and decide if you still can wear all of them. If you cannot wear them, put them in the box labeled the correct size. If you think you will not wear something, put in a box also. Clean out your closets and get rid of those jeans and shirts that you do not like and those high-water pants and those too-tight shirts. Someone else would love those clothes that don’t fit you anymore as well as those clothes that you loved last year but don’t like this year! Wouldn’t you love to recycle them and let someone else be able to reuse your clothing? Ask your parents to clean out their closets as well. There are plenty of grown-ups who need clothes. Not only are you helping someone else, but you will also have room for your new school clothes. After cleaning out all your closets, go with your parents to take the boxes of clothes to the Salvation Army, a community clothing closet, Goodwill or somewhere else that will help people with clothing. What a great way to recycle, reduce and reuse — and help others!