The Irish Red Cross are appealing for donations of clothes, books and toys as part of their new charity recycling scheme. The new recycling scheme, which launches this week in Dublin, is set to raise funds for the Irish Red Cross’s national and international programmes.
As part of the recycling service, the Red Cross is operating a door-to-door collection service and a telephone collection service for household clear outs and donations. These items are collected by a clearly marked Red Cross van before being sorted, steam pressed, sized, priced and sold. Even old clothes that cannot be sold are recycled on to a textile merchant, so all garments donated raise income for Red Cross life-saving operations at home and overseas.
Ronan Ryan, Head of Fundraising for the Irish Red Cross called for people to “Go through your clothes and pull out the items you don’t wear – not just the ones you will never wear! It’s been proven that most people only wear 20% of their clothes 80% of the time – we’ll gladly recycle the 80% you never wear! We all have a few old jumpers or shirts, t-shirts or trousers. Someone else will value your cast offs”.
In Ireland the Irish Red Cross works through a network of over 5,000 volunteers, who provide community based programmes, such as first aid training and emergency and disaster response. The Irish Red Cross also has long term international programmes. Currently in Niger, West Africa, the Red Cross is screening and identifying malnourished children and distributing food to those most in need.