You asked: Clothing donations shipped overseas

Published 11:14 am Saturday, January 28, 2012

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You asked: Who benefits from clothes dropped off at charity bins behind Pizza Hut on Armory Drive?

These containers behind the Pizza Hut in Franklin are used to collect donated items for MIssions of Hope. The items normally go to third-world countries. -- Dale Liesch | TIDEWATER NEWS

FRANKLIN—Residents who bring clothes and accessories to containers behind the Pizza Hut on Armory Drive are donated to the Raleigh, N.C.-based Missions of Hope.

Charity Operations Manager David Greenfield said most of the clothing goes to help third world areas, including Africa, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Chile and Mexico. Some stay in the United States in times of need.

“When there’s a natural disaster, we contact the local authorities in an area and find out what’s needed,” Greenfield said. “A lot of times, there’s a need and we get it there. Fortunately there’s an abundance of clothes here, and that’s why we primarily focus overseas where there’s just not enough.”

Organizers with the six-year-old charity placed bins in Franklin two or three years ago.

Pizza Hut Manager Julia Ridley said donations are picked up at least twice a week.

“I see a lot of people put stuff in the bins back there,” Ridley said.

Charity officials plan to pick up the containers Saturday, paint them and return them on her request.

Anyone interested in having a container at a business can call 1-877-250-1860.