The recent tragedy in the Philippines will once again spur folks to dig those old clothes and shoes out of their closets.
Please… don’t do that. Just send $$$. That’s what’s really needed. Read this great article on this topic by Jessica Alexander at Slate:
Consider what happens when planes full of unwanted donations are competing for runway space with planes carrying needed medicines and food items. Someone has to unload those donations, someone needs to sort through them for customs, someone needs to truck them to affected areas that are hard to reach anyway and where there’s a limited supply of fuel. When old shoes and clothes are sent from the U.S., they just waste people’s time and slow down getting lifesaving medicines and food to affected people.
Money buys medicines, clean water, and food supplies. That’s much more important than having that slightly scuffed up pair of red evening shoes with the matching clutch.