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World Wear: D.A.R.E. still benefitting from blue collection bins

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If you’re familiar with the large “blue bins” scattered throughout the county, you likely have noticed some changes on the collection receptacles. The D.A.R.E. logo has been pulled and the multi-colored World Wear logo has gone up on each box.

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Sgt./D.A.R.E. Officer Brad Cummings says not to worry; the local program still benefits from the blue bins. The change simply reflects a national change in partnership.

Initially, when Hopkins County D.A.R.E. began its partnership with World Wear in 2011, the blue bin recycling program was approved by D.A.R.E. America. The national D.A.R.E. organization this year ended its partnership with World Wear, but local participating D.A.R.E. programs like that sponsored by Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office can continue their partnership with World Wear.

“I was contacted maybe two months ago by the rep for this area, letting me know that they want to continue to work with local D.A.R.E.s but will not be partnering with D.A.R.E. America; it’s just too expensive. Consequently, they had to pull the D.A.R.E. America logo off the bins. Now they have the World Wear logo. We just wanted to let people know donations to the World Wear bins are still going to help out Hopkins County D.A.R.E. We’ll still get $50 a month per bin; that’s $450 a month, $5,400 a year we’ll have coming in if all bins are successful,” Cummings explained.

The one-year contract Hopkins County D.A.R.E. signed with World Wear in December 2011 stated that the company would pay $50 per month per successful bin to Hopkins County D.A.R.E. All the local D.A.R.E. program had to do is contact businesses and schools to get cooperation to allow a bin on their property. World Wear takes full responsibility for delivering, emptying, maintaining and removing those big blue collection bins from contracted sites. 

The bins — made of heavy-gauge steel and weighing 560 pounds each — were placed on campuses of rural county schools in December 2011, but based on donations, a few were moved to more central locations in June 2012. 

Cummings encourages community members to make use of the bins as they clean out their closets or make room for new clothing items by donating unneeded or unwanted clothing items.

Doing so achieves World Wear Project LLC’s three main goals: to make gently worn clothing and shoes affordable and available to people domestically and internationally who might otherwise be unable to afford them; helps schools, places of worship, community and non-profit groups like Hopkins County D.A.R.E. generate needed funds; and promote global responsibility by recycling the items, diverting them from landfills to World Wear’s textile recycling business.

“They are sold for pennies on the dollar to third world, developing countries. This is not a company that is going to take our used stuff and profit from it by selling it for outrageous amounts. These are going at extremely low costs to places where their poverty makes ours look rich,” Cummings explained when the local D.A.R.E. began partnering with World Wear.

The benefit for the D.A.R.E. program is evident — it provides funds for T-shirts, rewards, workbooks and other materials for drug awareness and resistance education in the six county schools each year, according to Cummings.

Items accepted in the bins include: shoes, clothing, belts, purses, wallets, hats, caps, backpacks, stuffed animals, hard toys and pots and pans. 

World Wear does not accept furniture of any kind, knives, kitchen appliances or items made of glass in any of its bins.

Donations to World Wear, which will benefit Hopkins County D.A.R.E., can be made in designated blue bins as follows:

  • Two bins on Rosemont Street by Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office
  • Two bins at VF Outlet Mall
  • Joe Bob’s (former Jess Orr’s store) on State Highway 19 north  at FM 71 in Birthright
  • Como City Hall
  • Como-Pickton Consolidated Independent School District.
  • Landmark Storage on Hillcrest Drive, just south of Main Street
  • Texas AgriLife Extension Office on Houston Street next to Southwest Dairy Center

More information about the program can be found online at www.worldwearproject.com.

 

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