ATRS Cares: Giving Back to Our Communities

Posted at August 22, 2014 | By : | Categories : Blog,Our Events,Our Partners | 1 Comment

Were you one of the many thousands of shoppers during Back2School season this month? Then chances are you encountered an ATRS Clothing & Shoe Recycling bin and met one of our friendly green fairies. Thanks to overwhelming support from readers like you who participated in our Shop&Recycle campaign, we collected several thousand pounds of gently-used, outgrown, unwanted clothing, shoes and much more. Here’s how your donations helped support our local charitable partners and other nonprofit organizations in your community:


ATRS green advocates in Houston hosted a Shop&Recycle event at Outlets at Conroe.

From City of Refuge in Atlanta to Giving Children Hope in Southern California, your donations helped raise funds for a wide range of programs and services in local communities. Every item dropped into an ATRS Recycler was weighed and funds paid to the charities that partner with us to collect them. By dropping off items for recycling instead of throwing them way, you helped keep your cities green by diverting those textiles from landfill so they will be used again or recycled into something new. There is no better way to give back in our communities!

We would like to extend a big thank you to Kohl’s at South Gilbert for hosting a successful Shop&Recycle event in Phoenix. The store went beyond the call of duty by making a cash donation directly to our local nonprofit partners at Weldon House, a unique sanctuary for women who want to rebuild their lives while continuing to live with their children.

“The Kohl’s at South Gilbert is so happy to have been a part of this wonderful event,” said Store Manager Kelsey Achtzehn.“We were also able to donate $500 to The Weldon House through our Associates in Action program!”

This donation will help Weldon House fund their housing project as well as additional services to help their residents find new jobs and transition into their new lives.

“This was a really great program for the Weldon House mothers, who are on a strict schedule with their rehabilitation program,” said Debbie Buckner, an ATRS representative. “Being able to interact with the community was the highlight of their week. You should have seen the smiles on their faces as they greeted Kohl’s customers!”

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ATRS also partnered with the Houston Mayor’s Back to School Fest to package and transport free backpacks for 25,000 local kids this month. We were fortunate enough to meet the students at the fest and equip them with green supplies and a sustainable outlook for the coming school year. Providing planet-friendly knowledge to our next generation of leaders is key to working toward a greener tomorrow, and we were very glad to have this opportunity to impact our community.

“This event is a fine example of how the public and private sectors work together to meet a community need,” said Houston Mayor Annise Parker. “We are excited about what we accomplished today, ensuring that our students have the basic tools they need to learn.”

In Dallas/Ft. Worth, select Sports Authority stores and a local orthodontist, Dr. Buchanan, teamed up with ATRS to collect shoes for students at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Collin County. This rewarding event ensured that the children of BGCCC had nearly new shoes to start the school year and they were incredibly thankful.

DAL 13“Several of the children had their arms full of shoes selected from the stacks of donated items,” said Bethaney Kleinheksel, Director of Volunteer Services at BGCCC. “One little girl looked up at me and asked, do we get to keep these, for free?’ I smiled and looked over at Damon [the ATRS Dallas manager], who quickly replied, you can have as many as you would like. This was a wonderful event to be a part of.”

As back to school season continues through August and September, we encourage you to give back to get more. Help your church or school conduct a clothing drive to raise funds for a local cause, get involved with your neighborhood ATRS nonprofit partner or ask your municipality to offer textile recycling wherever you drop off other recyclables. There’s still time to attend a Shop&Recycle event in your city and touch lives in your community. Remember to follow us on social media where we will release our grand total of pounds collected next Friday!