Rejoice Lutheran Church, 7855 Stow Road, is trying to raise awareness for a clothing dropoff shed at its facility.The site has been in operation for two years.
Rejoice actively partners with St. Pauly Textile Inc., a used clothing collection company that was founded 20 years ago in Rochester N.Y. and is an A+ rated member of the Better Business Bureau. The company works with non-profit organizations to set up used clothing drop off sheds designed to give community members a clean, attractive, and well-monitored place to donate gently used textile items, which are then distributed both here in the U.S. and worldwide to people who need them.
Accepted items include clothing, shoes, sneakers, belts, purses, blankets, sheets, drapes, linens, pillowcases and stuffed animals.
Donors are asked to donate items in a plastic bag to protect against dirt and the elements. There is a small box on the shed that contains receipts to help donors take a tax deduction.
St. Pauly collects over 90,000 pounds of clothing every day and estimates that this clothing ends up in 44 different countries (including the United States) yearly. In 2015 St. Pauly was able to help keep over 71 million articles of clothing out of landfills.
For more information, visit www.stpaulytextile.com.