As I've pointed out in previous posts, I always know when it's time for another Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful (KNIB) clothing drive because my wife Amy will leave plastic bags lying in front of my closet. The message is clear: start packing up the stuff that you don't wear anymore, or I will.

I thought a similar approach might work with all of you reading this, but management here frowns on the idea of me breaking into your house and leaving empty bags like some sort of reverse Santa Claus, preferring instead that I fill you in on the particulars of the KNIB clothing drive this Saturday. Whatever, corporate lawyers.

Here's the deal:

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful's clothing drive will take place this Saturday from 9am-2pm

This drive will feature new locations:

  • Machesney Park Town Center 8702 N. 2nd St. (former JC Penney parking lot)
  • Belvidere Township 8200 Fairgrounds Rd (south of Bus 20)
  • Rockford Recycle Center 4665 Hydraulic Rd (east of South Alpine)
  • Roscoe Recycle Center 13125 N. 2nd St (east frontage road, north of McCurry Road)

Volunteers in bright safety vests greet donor vehicles, remove bags of donated clothing and place in trucks, making it easy for you to donate.

Since 1999, nearly 4 million pounds of clothes and soft goods have been donated to Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful for reuse and recycling.
An average of 46 pounds of clothing per vehicle was collected from 3,818 cars in 2015.
Usable clothing collected is redistributed worldwide, in the U.S. and developing countries.
What cannot be worn is remanufactured into such products as carpet padding, automotive trunk linings, polishing cloths or other fiber-fill products.
Proceeds support Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful, the Atwood Award-winning regional affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. The non-governmental environmental non-profit promotes reduction, reuse and recycling of resources.

For more information and details, click here.