The next Clothing Drive is
Saturday, May 10, 2014
from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.,
at all Schnuck Markets
and at the Belvidere Township Building.
According to a May, 2011 article in the Chicago Tribune, the government estimates that Americans throw 85% of their unwanted textiles (clothes, bedding, curtains, etc.) in the trash every year.
To combat this waste and keep unwanted textiles from winding up in our landfills, Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful sponsors three clothing collection drives annually in cooperation with the Schnuck Markets in the Stateline area. These are usually scheduled the second Saturdays in May, July and October. We accept clothing at any of the 10 area Schnuck Markets and the Belvidere Township Building, 9:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. Clothing Drive Dates.
Donated items may be in any condition, wearable or not. Included is men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, coats, hats, shoes, pants, shirts, blouses, dresses, backpacks, towels, curtains, bathmats and more. Stuffed toys, bedding and pillows are also accepted. Items should be placed in plastic bags and securely tied. Shoes should be placed together in same the same bag.
Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful has collected, processed and forwarded to third-world countries more than 3.24 million pounds of clothing since 1999. Over 4,500 area households participated in the three Clothing Drives of 2012.
Clothing items are collected and shipped immediately to a supplier in Milwaukee who processes all items within 30 days of our collection date. Clothing is sent to areas of the United States as well as Africa, Asia, Central America and South America.
Bagged clothing may also be dropped off at Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Recycle Centers on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to Noon.