This is a summary of the 2010 Used Clothing Drive on December 2, 2011 – December 4, 2011.
Clothing Receivers: On Friday, December 2, 2010, as the drive begins, the clothing donations will be brought from the participating firms and organizations to this year’s sorting location. For 2010, we will be sorting at the Portals III, on D Street SW, between 12th and 13th streets, SW. Volunteers are on duty all day Friday to receive the clothes and set up the site for the weekend’s activities. We welcome volunteers to help us receive the clothes on Friday especially in the afternoon! By Friday night, the donations are usually enough to fill several large rooms floor to ceiling!
Download a map that shows the sorting site, as well as a site plan for the building that shows the entrance on D Street SW where we will be receiving all deliveries of clothing. Please drop off deliveries at the D Street entrance. It will be clearly marked. Volunteers should also enter the building from D Street, SW.
Clothing Sorters & Distributors: On Saturday, December 3, the real heavy lifting begins. Volunteers dig in to the countless bags and boxes of donated clothing and separate them by gender and type of item. The donations are then bagged, labeled, and sorted, ready for delivery. While this is a time-consuming process, it is critically important in order to meet the stated needs of each of the shelters. At the same time, other volunteers deliver the donations to the shelters throughout town. The whole operation continues until the last bag is donated to the last shelter, usually late Sunday afternoon.