Mommy Dearest: These Hangers Help Kids

Dollars & Sense on 02.16.12
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When I was younger, we used to Trick or Treat for UNICEF, on the day before Halloween, to raise money for the international children's charity.

A U.K. retailer has an even better (equally great?) idea: Collecting hangers to be recycled, with the money going to UNICEF, to benefit kids. 

As explained by Earth911.com,

Marks & Spencer has recycled 100 million hangers in the last six months, and raised more than $588,000 for UNICEF. 

It works like this: When you buy something, you can take the hangers home or leave them behind. The hangers left behind are re-used in stores or recycled.

For every £1 (about $1.57 U.S.) that the store saves from hanger recycling, it donates £0.50 to UNICEF. 

The hanger money is going to fund a project in Bangladesh --- providing basic needs such as clean water, education, and health care to more than 50,000 people. 

All this from leaving a hanger at a store, a hanger you probably didn't need anyway. Take a look in your closet. When you buy new clothes, you often clean out old clothes (and donate them, please), so you're bound to have empty hangers. 

This seems like an idea that could be replicated in the U.S. It would be good PR for retailers, and perhaps a good project for schools, all going to benefit kids. 

You can find out more about this partnership via Marks & Spencer and UNICEF.

In the U.S., UNICEF is involved in the Tap Project, where participating restaurants will encourage diners to donate $1 or more to provide less-fortunate children with access to clean, drinkable water.

Readers and parents: If you know of similar great ideas for fundraising and involving and helping kids, let me know in the comments.

Photo by Anthony Easton

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