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#GivingTuesday - 8 Ways you can Use Fashion to Give to Charity
November 30, 2014
#GivingTuesday is a worldwide movement of charity “giving” on the first Tuesday of December each year. Designed to counter the spending-fests that are Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it’s in its fourth year worldwide and has been brought to Ireland for the first time this year.
The simple idea behind #GivingTuesday is to encourage people, charities and businesses to donate time, money or their voice to help a good cause.
This #GivingTuesday, many of you will be moved to get involved in this worthwhile movement. If so, why not consider using your love of fashion to help charities here in Ireland – here are a few ways you can do this.
1. Donate your Pre-loved Clothes to Charity shops
Charity shops need the things you don’t. Whether you bought a size too small, a shade too dark, or splashed out on a whim, we all have clothes that we don’t wear – so do yourself, and others, some real good. By donating your old clothes to charity shops, not only will you free up space in your wardrobe, you will also be making a real difference to people in your community.
There are bargains to be found in charity shops. Take the case of 73 year old Londoner John Richard who bought a handbag in Oxfam for £20 that he subsequently discovered was an extremely rare Philip Treacy worth £350,000. Those kinds of finds are rare but a good root around the charity shop rails can yield chic vintage pieces among other hidden treasures while your purchase provides vital funding to the charity.
During the winter months the Dublin Simon Community (providing services to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness) seek donations of sleeping bags, hats, scarves, gloves, socks, warm jackets, shoes and thermal underclothing for the Simon Rough Sleeper Team and Soup Run Volunteers to give to people who are sleeping rough.
OK I know it’s just a virtual ribbon but it’s such a lovely idea and it’s for a wonderful cause… For a €5 donation, you can share a memory of a loved one using a touching memory ribbon and your donation will go towards providing vital services to people living with dementia and the loving families who support them.
8. Turn your Christmas jumper into a fundraising idea!
Why not turn the ever-growing trend of wearing Christmas jumpers into a fundraising idea for charity. Nominate a Christmas Jumper Day at work where everyone has to make a small donation to charity in return for the comfort of being able to leave the suit and tie at home.
You could even incorporate this idea into your office Christmas lunch or any Christmas gathering of friends and family.