Disaster relief work is a tapestry of many people and partners collaborating to provide the greatest help in the quickest amount of time. One of Giving Children Hope’s valued partners, American Textile Recycling Services (ATRS), came up with a brilliant idea. One week after the April 25th Nepal earthquake, Fonta Stravropoulos, ATRS Market Team Manager, got a call from Loyola Marymount University asking if ATRS could accept a large donation of blankets. A light bulb went off in Fonta’s head as he realized he had a better use for the blankets.

IMG_7857Fonta contacted Giving Children Hope to ask if they could donate blankets for Nepal disaster relief. We gladly accepted. The blankets arrived nicely folded and prepared by ATRS to be shipped off to those recovering from tragedy in Nepal. Executive Director Sean Lawrence said, “These blankets will be an incredible blessing to those we are serving in Nepal. They will provide warmth for years to come to those who have lost their housing.” We are so grateful to be able to grant this request for warm blankets in Nepal. Thank you to Loyola Marymount University and ATRS for donating to those in need. Your generosity is helping Nepali lives and warming their hearts.

ATRS manages a year-round Clothing & Shoe Recycling program in partnership with GCHope that supports “We’ve Got Your Back.”

Giving Children Hope's ATRS bin is one of many in California, and receives proceeds from all clothing, shoe and other textile donations.

Executive Director Sean Lawrence and Program Coordinator Christine Sanchez checking out our campus’s recycling box

There’s a new way to support Giving Children Hope without even leaving your neighborhood–by recycling textiles. We’ve partnered with American Textile Recycling Services, which donates and resells used clothing and other items, and now receive a portion of its proceeds. By gathering your used clothes, shoes, toys and other textiles and bringing them to one of ATRS’s signature orange bins, you can help raise funds that directly benefit our programs.

Giving Children Hope is ATRS’s first charity partner in California, but the company has already donated more than $3.5 million to its 16 other partners across the country. It also benefits developing nations, to which it distributes many of its donated items, and helps alleviate the 5.3% of U.S. waste that comes from textiles.

There are more than 3,000 ATRS textile recycling bins in the country—we even have one right here at our place—so find the one closest to you on this neighborhood map and start cleaning out your closet!

GCHope is excited to announce the launch of a textile recycling program in Southern California, in partnership with American Textile Recycling Services (ATRS).

The brightly colored orange recycling bins feature the Giving Children Hope logo and can be found at convenient locations in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The program is coming soon to Orange, LA and San Diego counties. Bins can be found in front of grocery stores, pharmacies, local shopping centers, malls and parking lots.

Your donations of unwanted clothing, shoes, toys and household textiles provide funding and resources for programs at GCHope. So clean out your closets and look for these textile recyclers in your neighborhood.

To find a recycling bin near you:

Please call the ATRS 24-Hour Hotline at 866.900.9308 with your address and/or zip code. Or email: dmorris@atrsonline.com

Retail stores, churches, schools and shopping centers can host a bin. For more information, please email host@atrsonline.com or visit ATRS’ website: http://atrscorp.com/our-neighborhoods/california/ and follow them on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ATRSCA.