PTSA collects used items, receives cash for school

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By: Karla Llano Reyes, Staff Writer

The PTSA is joining up with Capitol Clothing Recyclers to help out the community by participating in the “Clothing to Cash” recycling program.The “Clothing to Cash” recycling program is about donating used items like clothes, shoes, textiles, toys, and accessories and in return the PTSA gets paid.

This program is something that other schools already participate in and now James River has joined it as well.

The company contacted us as the program is successful at neighboring schools – Bettie Weaver Elementary and Robious Middle.  Since anyone can participate with old clothing and household items, we thought we’d try it at James River,” PTSA President Kathy Hostetler said.

This program benefits the PTSA because it helps raise money. For each pound that is collected, the PTSA gets paid.

“The program essentially recycles clothing, blankets, stuffed animals, etc.The [PTSA] is paid for these items by the pound, and is also eligible to receive additional funds if we are one of the top collecting locations in the area,” PTSA Vice President for fundraising Wendy Etz said.

They are different places where the items that are donated will go.The items that are donated will be reused by the company in various ways.

The company operates thrift stores in North Carolina, where they sell all the products they can,” Hostetler said. ”If the recycled item is not in good shape, it is turned into dog toys or rags.”

The items donated don’t have to be new.They can be old clothes that isn’t used anymore. All donations are helpful.

“ We recommend used items in any shape.” Etz said. ”These items can include shoes, clothing, towels, stuffed animals, basically any textile.”

Help out the PTSA by bringing in donations and taking it to the recycling bin that’s outside in the school parking lot.