Planet Aid Highlights Successful Partnership With The Maryland Book Bank

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Nonprofit Planet Aid today highlighted its partnership with the Maryland Book Bank. Specializing in textile recycling and reuse, Planet Aid does not encourage people to donate books at its yellow donation bins; however, it will continue to work with the Maryland Book Bank to find new homes for all the unwanted books it receives.

Planet Aid today highlighted its productive partnership with the Maryland Book Bank, a nonprofit organization that provides free books to children, teachers, schools and other organizations across Maryland.

Although Planet Aid specializes in recycling and reusing unwanted textiles and encourages its supporters to donate clothing and shoes only, it continues to receive other types of donations. To make the best use of all the donated books, Planet Aid has partnered with the Maryland Book Bank. Together, the two nonprofits have provided hundreds of thousands of children in low-income areas with free books, giving them the opportunity to enrich their minds and succeed at school.

“We are very proud of our ongoing partnership with the Maryland Book Bank,” said Planet Aid CEO Ester Neltrup. “Working together enables us to maximize our efforts of protecting the environment and empowering local communities through our numerous charitable initiatives.“

By selling donated textiles that would otherwise end up in landfills, Planet Aid funds its charitable initiatives and sustainable development projects in Africa, Asia and the Americas. Some of its educational programs include teacher-training colleges in rural and underdeveloped areas, special farmers’ clubs that educate people about sustainable farming methods, as well as the HOPE project, which provides invaluable support to those suffering from AIDS.

About Planet Aid

Planet Aid is a U.S. 501 (c)(3) nonprofit and is registered with USAID as a private voluntary organization. It collects and recycles used clothing and shoes as part of its environmental mission. The net proceeds from its 22-state recycling operation help to support projects aimed at eliminating poverty. Since its inception in 1997, Planet Aid has provided more than $100 million to support projects on three continents. It has managed Food for Progress programs in both Mozambique and Malawi totaling several million dollars. Planet Aid supports programs in education, teacher training, nutrition and agricultural and economic development.

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