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Old 02-22-10, 01:58 AM   #1
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Where to donate used cycling clothing

I have some worn but still useful road cycling clothing (jerseys and shorts) I'd like to donate to a worthy cause.

Does anyone know of any true non-profit cycling organizations that want these?

I'm in the Los Angeles, CA area - local is better.
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Thrift shops around here are full of them. Salvation Army, Good Will etc have specific racks for either "athletic clothing" or "uniforms," and there are always a bunch of jerseys there. Shorts not so much--I think people are squeamish about those. But I rarely wear jerseys anymore (too much like putting on pads and a helmet to play football with your kids in the park), and I've donated most of mine. They sell pretty briskly, I suspect because they're overpriced when new and people can get a decent jersey for a few dollars used.
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Take them to the local rescue mission or ask someone at one of the bike kitchens if there are any riding groups of very low income cyclists who can use them. I would shy away from Goodwill or Salvation Army because they get TOO much stuff. So much they, at times, will throw things in the dumpster.
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check with local school system to see if they have any biking clubs - or 4-H or BSA or YM/WCA. I'm sure they can point you in the right dircetion, if they don't have programs themselves.
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I've done this before. I just post something in a local cycling forum about free clothing "needing a good home". Works every time. The recipient doesn't have to be poor or homeless. My stuff usually goes to someone who is just starting out or for some reason is kinda short on funds. They're glad to get the items.
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Find a church mission that is going to developing nations. A cycling jersey makes a fine regular shirt when you don't even have a rag to wear.
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It didn't occur to me that Goodwill would even have a place for these, but even so, as someone else mentioned, the stuff might be too obscure to end up going to use.

I was hoping there was some big cycling-related NPO to which I could easily give it all.

As for "church mission that is going to developing nations", that's a good idea. I'm sure their "Colts 2010 Superbowl Champion" t-shirts are wearing out by now.
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Just throw away the shorts.
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