by Melanie Weiss

Clothing Banks

Businesses seem to have lost interest in giving unsalable clothing to the needy. Recent scandals include revelations that clothing super-chains H&M and Wal-Mart punch holes in clothes they cannot sell, thus rendering them unfit for donation to charities, recent reports in the New York Times and elsewhere reveal. (H&M, in the wake of intense media coverage and general public outcry, has committed to reversing this policy.) Even the New York City Police Department departed from a long-standing tradition last summer, when it incinerated tons of counterfeit designer clothing and footwear, which in previous years it had donated to charities like the New York City Clothing Bank.

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