“Lovely clothes should be well sorted and displayed”

Donating clothes to those in need, especially after a disaster like the December floods that affected thousands in several states, is usually most welcome.

Those that are in good condition and properly sorted are cut into certain piles.

However, when donated clothing is thrown into an untidy pile in relief centers and community halls, it loses its appeal.

Sangeetha Jayakumar, founder of Lead Up Malaysia, a non-governmental organization focused on charitable initiatives and food aid, said foreign workers, as well as local residents, appreciate the clothing donations.

However, about 40% of donated clothing is disposed of as rubbish due to damage or being unsuitable for reuse, she said.

“To make the collection convenient for those in need, the donated clothing should be properly displayed and organized according to the type of clothing, gender and age group,” Sangeeta said. star metro.

I was able to distribute a total of 10 tons of pre-loved clothes around Deepavali in November last year and to flood victims in Taman Sri Moda recently.

We hung the clothes on hangers and those in need quickly took them.

“The beneficiaries are also foreign workers who need help because they are also flood victims. Many have lost their jobs and the flood has made the situation worse for them. Buying new clothes is their lowest priority and they value these clothes,” she said.

Sangeeta, 38, has some advice for those intending to donate clothes.

“Don’t donate clothes that are faded, torn, without buttons, without zippers, or undergarments. Always be careful when donating and don’t throw away unwanted items that are in poor condition. The rule is to never give out what you don’t want to wear,” she said.

After the successful distribution of two tons of lovable apparel to Deepavali in Taman Sentosa, Klang, Kota Kimoning Association member F. Ganapatirao Sangeetha is implementing a similar project for flood victims, with the latter taking care of logistics.

On January 2, 8 and 9, Lead Up was able to distribute eight tons of pre-loved clothes at the Kuil Sri Maha Mariamman temple complex in Taman Sri Muda, Shah Alam. The show took place in a tent run by 30 volunteers.

Flood victims and the needy of this community were accepting of these things. They even took school uniforms, blankets, quilts and school shoes,” she said, adding that most of the items were donated by the public.

Sangeeta also took the clothes that had been dumped at other flood relief centers and displayed them properly in a tent where they were taken.

It also received assistance from Kiwanis Club Klang, Lions Group, Gurdwara Shah Alam, Kawan Komuniti and Kuil Sri Maha Mariamman for the project.

“There are some clothes left and I plan to send them to flood victims in other states,” she said, adding that her team had stopped collecting clothes she liked beforehand.

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