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If reading about H&M's and the NYPD's wanton destruction of unwanted clothes has made you angry, then here's a chance to do something about it. Like everyone else, the fashion world has come together to help with the crisis in Haiti. Umbrella group Fashion Delivers is looking for clothing donations. Here's their request:
Fashion Delivers is mobilizing to provide immediate assistance! We need a broad assortment of lightweight apparel for men and women, such as t-shirts, tops, shirts, jeans, shorts, slacks, sportswear, active wear, etc. Basic items such as underwear, socks, sheets (all sizes) and throws or lightweight blankets as well as baseball caps, sneakers, sandals and sleepwear are also needed.Brooklyn shop Bird just announced that they'll be donating sale merchandise to the group, plus 10% of sales from this weekend. Meanwhile, bespoke shirtmaker Alexander West is hosting a clothing drive. Send them clean, well-kept shirts, pants, and shoes for men, women and children, and they'll reward you with store credit ($1.50 per tee, $4 per shirt or pair of pants, and $6 per pair of shoes).
OK, but: Because everything is always more complicated than it should be, sending lots of clothing to Haiti right now might actually not be the best idea. After the tsunami of 2004, Indonesia wound up inundated with donations that couldn't be properly distributed, much of which sat on the coastline and rotted, helping no one.
That said, both Fashion Delivers and Alexander West have put some thought into exactly how the clothing will get to people in need. Fashion Delivers is working with K.I.D.S. (Kids In Distressed Situations,) a non-profit which seems to know what it's doing. And while Alexander West is still deciding on the best approach, they'll probably donate the clothes through the Red Cross. If you're still skeptical, of course, you can always just give to the Red Cross directly, buy something online from Alexander West or Bird, and then enjoy a smooth cocktail of donation pride and shopping guilt for the rest of the afternoon.
Alexander West donations should go to 45-50 30th Street, Suite 12, Long Island City, New York, 11101. For more information on Fashion Delivers, call 212-629-6700 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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· Haiti: Help with money, not stuff [Global Post]