Sales Of Donated Items Directly Support Mentoring Programs In Our Community
VINELAND, NJ: When it’s time to declutter your closet or dresser drawers, don’t just throw the items away, consider donating them to Big Brothers Big Sisters Cumberland & Salem Counties (BBBS). . By doing so, you are helping youth in our community to reach their fullest potential, while at the same time giving your donated items a new life outside of a landfill, preserving natural resources, and protecting the environment.
According to the United States EPA, almost 13.1 million tons of clothes and other textiles are thrown away every year. Only 15% of which (roughly 2 million tons) are recovered for reuse or recycling. This is important because producing these products impacts our water and air. For example, apparel and textile manufacturing is one of the largest consumers of water and producers of contaminated wastewater that must be treated. The average T-shirt requires 700 gallons of water to manufacture and up to 1,800 gallons for a pair of jeans. Additionally, the United States Energy Information Administration, textiles are the 5th largest contributor to CO2 emissions in the country after primary metals, nonmetallic mineral products, petroleum, and chemicals. Just one pound can produce as much as seven pounds of emissions into the atmosphere.
“With the help of our community partners, each pound of clothing or other items donated to one of our clothing bins positively impacts the future of children facing adversity in Cumberland & Salem Counties,” said Donna Bennett, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cumberland & Salem Counties. “Donations are a great way to be both socially responsible and environmentally friendly. Funds raised clothing donations directly support our mission to provide children with a strong, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationship.”
Area residents are encouraged to bring used clothing and other household items including draperies and curtains; bedding accessories (no mattresses please); in good condition to one of our recognizable “Green Bins” which can be found at the following locations:
- Bethlehem Revival Temple – 37 South Ave., Bridgeton
- Maxx Fit – 110 Cornwell Dr., Bridgeton
- Starbound Gymnastics – 447 Landis Ave., Bridgeton
- Sweet Things w/ Style – 742 Centerton Rd., Centerton
- Shine for Jesus Car Wash – 1002 Wheaton Ave. and G Street, Millville
- Big Brothers Big Sisters Office – 1944 E. Landis Ave., Vineland
- Bay Atlantic Federal Credit Union – 101 W. Elmer Rd., Vineland
- Rowan College of South Jersey Cumberland Campus – 3322 College Dr., Vineland
- Prudential – 2647 E Chestnut Ave., Vineland
- Sparkle Kleen – 2611 S. Main Rd., Vineland
- Vineland High School – 2880 E. Chestnut Ave., Vineland
“We are always looking for additional businesses, schools, churches, and other organizations in Cumberland County or Salem County who would like to sponsor a donation bin location,” said Melody Montgomery, BBBS Director of Development. “We will collect the materials and maintain the area surrounding the bins on a weekly basis. If there is a special situation, we can schedule additional pick-ups as needed. If you can’t host a bin location, another option is to sponsor a clothing drive which we can help you organize.”
For more information about hosting a bin location, clothing drive, or additional ways to support Big Brothers Big Sisters Cumberland & Salem Counties, please contact Melody Montgomery at 856.692.0916, or visit our website at www.southjerseybigs.org.