As the temperatures begin to warm up and spring finally makes an appearance, I go into cleaning mode. I instinctively know that it’s time to open windows and dust off each room in my house. A quote by a 19th century architect named William Morris has become my spring cleaning mantra: “Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
When I follow this rule, there are inevitably things that need to go, but I have learned that although something is not useful for me, it may bless someone else immensely. What if we made a choice this year to use the spring cleaning season to show hope to orphans? Click here for more tips and resources to make your clothing swap a success!
A group of my friends recently began hosting clothing swaps every few months, and I’d love to share this fun idea with you. Each of us brings clothes and accessories that we are no longer using to the host’s home, along with a snack to share. We display our pieces on a rack, table, or couch, and get excited to look through the options. When everything is set up, we draw numbers to determine the order in which we will “shop” and start trying on clothes. We choose three items the first round, and two items each round after that until everyone has taken what they like and will use. I always leave thankful to see my friends giving the clothes I brought a second chance and eager to wear my new finds!
By asking for an entrance donation or a suggested donation per item, hosting a clothing swap with your friends is an easy Show Hope Advocates project that allows you to help transform the life of an orphan this spring.
If a clothing swap is not a good option for your group of friends, here are a few other Advocates ideas to consider as you clean and raise funds to impact an orphan’s future:
- Swap home items and décor instead of clothes
- Host a garage sale to benefit Show Hope as a family, small group, or church
- Sell unwanted items on eBay and use eBay Giving Works to donate the proceeds to Show Hope
- Send your excess clothes to the Red Bus Project to help raise awareness on college campuses
- Shop at a sale or consignment store and donate the funds you were planning to use on new items
Visit www.showhope.org/advocates to sign up as a Show Hope advocate and find more ideas on how you can spread the movement to care for orphans in your community!