Clean out those closets and help the environment May 12

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Keep Northern Illinois beautiful’s Annual Spring Clothing Drive is here.

LOVES PARK—Just in time for that spring cleaning project, Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful’s Spring Clothing Drive will be Saturday, May 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at all area Hilander Food Stores.

Held three times a year, the Clothing Drives offer an opportunity to donate unwanted apparel and household textiles so they can be reused by needy people worldwide. All items should be in “good, usable condition or better.”

Many people are unaware that more than 8.75 billion pounds of unwanted clothing go into landfills each year in the United States, despite the efforts of some charities to collect used clothing. According to the Council for Textile Recycling, some unwanted clothes are given to charities, but the majority are put in the trash.

Acceptable items for the Drive include all clothing, shoes (tied together), belts, purses, bedding, curtains, towels, stuffed animals and other soft goods. Place all items in plastic bags—no boxes or hangers.

“This is a great opportunity to provide people in need around the world with clothing that is merely taking up space in your closets,” said Green Queen Lori Gummow, executive director of Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful.

According to Gummow, last fall’s Clothing Drive collected a record 114,000 pounds of clothing and soft goods from area residents. Since the Clothing Drives began in October 2000, area residents have recycled more than 1.4 million pounds of clothing and soft goods with the annual May, July and October drives.

Participating Hilander Food Stores are at: Rockford: 2601 N. Mulford Rd., 2514 S. Alpine Rd., 3710 N. Main St., 3134 S. 11th St., and 1715 Rural Rd.; Cherry Valley: 2206 Barnes Blvd.; and Roscoe: 4860 Hononegah Rd.

To volunteer, or for more information, go to or call the office at (815) 637-1343.

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful is a non-profit environmental organization that provides environmental education and resource conservation programs.

Its mission is to improve the environment through education, public awareness and community involvement.

from the May 2-8, 2007, issue

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