Caritas Family Solutions has partnered with Merchandise Pick-up Service (MPS) of St. Louis in “Collecting Clothing for a Cause”
MPS is dedicated to providing funding for non-profit organizations through the collection and distribution of used clothing and household items. This is accomplished through four programs: door to door pick-up service, clothing drop boxes, business clothing drives, and attended donation locations.
EPA Research in 2000 showed that as much as 85% of used textiles ends up in landfills. MPS is working to help correct this problem in our community while funding local non-profit organizations.
Caritas Family Solutions is benefiting from this partnership since we have drop boxes whose income is committed to children’s programs including the St. John Bosco Children’s Center. One of these collection boxes is located at St. John Bosco Children’s Center at 900 Royal Heights Road in Belleville and another is located at our Regional Office in East Alton, 645 Berkshire Blvd., 62024.
Each year your clothing donations have allowed MPS to contribute tens of thousands of dollars to Caritas Family Solutions. By donating your used clothing through MPS you:
- Help the environment.
- Help provide jobs in our local area. (MPS employs over 80 full time and part time people).
- Provide funding for children’s programs including the St. John Bosco Children’s Center. The income provided to our children’s programs has helped us carry out our agency objectives and through clothing donations you provide the necessary funding to carry out our work. We have been able to make the center a more pleasant environment for the children many of whom will stay with us for 12–24 months, and have helped our adoption and counseling programs due to your donations.
MPS collects all clothing and household items which are then sold in bulk to thrift stores. These stores are all in the USA. The items that are accepted by MPS depend on the program you are participating in. All of their programs accept: useable clothing of all types for men, women and children including hats, belts, shoes purses etc. and soft goods such as blankets, linens, towels, curtains etc.
MPS provides door to door pickup service (Illinois only) to benefit Caritas Family Solutions. MPS operates a phone bank to inform donors when they will be in the area. Trucks are organized into routes on a rotating cycle. If interested you can get a copy of the schedule from their website: www.clothingpickupstl.com. You will need to fill out the form and please select Christian Social Services/Caritas Family Solutions as your preferred charity. Alternatively, you can call (636) 282-0000 to schedule a pickup.
Thank you for your interest and participation in the charity clothing service!