Planet Aid Releases 2011 Annual Report and Financial Statement

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In 2011 alone, Planet Aid collected 100 million pounds of used textiles, helping to save resources and protect the environment by diverting these items from the waste stream.

Planet Aid is proud to announce the release of its 2011 Annual Report. A nonprofit charitable organization in operation since 1997, Planet Aid collects and recycles used clothing and shoes and supports development projects in 16 countries on 3 continents. As described in the 2011 Report, Planet Aid provided support to projects to establish and operate colleges to train primary school teachers, to give children who had dropped out or were otherwise not attending school a chance to get back into the classroom, and to mobilize communities to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. Other projects have promoted sustainable agricultural methods among smallholder farmers, enhanced environmental quality, fought malaria, and provided nutritious meals for vulnerable children and adults in impoverished communities.

Planet Aid’s nationwide network of distinguished yellow collection boxes makes it convenient for Americans to recycle their used clothing. In 2011 alone, Planet Aid collected 100 million pounds of used textiles, helping to save resources and protect the environment by diverting these items from the waste stream. Hosted by small and large businesses, faith-based organizations, schools and universities, community centers, and nonprofit groups, Planet Aid has more than 16,000 boxes nationwide.

Over the past 15 years, through grants and funds raised via its recycling program, Planet Aid has donated more than $70 million to support in excess of 50 different programs. In 2011, more than $10 million in direct and in-kind support was provided.

Headquartered in Elkridge, MD, Planet Aid is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inform, mobilize and inspire individuals and communities to work together to bring about worldwide environmental and social progress. Incorporated under the laws of Massachusetts and recognized as a tax-exempt charity under IRS code 501(c)(3), Planet Aid is registered with the U.S. Agency for International Development as a private voluntary organization (PVO), and is a member of the Zimbabwe-based Humana People to People Federation, Interaction, and Aid for Africa. It has also earned the Guidestar Exchange Seal for its commitment to transparency. For more information on Planet Aid, visit http://www.planetaid.org.

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