Lutheran World Relief will no longer accept clothing donations as of Dec. 31. The change will increase LWR’s effectiveness and reduce negative effects on local economies, according to LWR’s Sept. 1 news release.
Some countries recently prohibited or increased taxes on used clothing imports, the release read, adding: “Clothing imports may disrupt local economies and, in some instances, threaten local textile and clothing manufacturing jobs. ... Items purchased locally are cost-effective, suitable for local needs and help to bolster local economies.”
Officials said LWR will continue to collect handmade quilts, kits and soap—“a cherished ministry” serving people in need worldwide.
For more information, visit www.lwr.org or call 800-LWR-LWR2.
© 2015 Augsburg Fortress, Publishers