Denver Area Students Collect Clothes & Shoes to Celebrate America Recycles Day

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Three schools host clothing & shoe drives with ATRS Recycling to benefit Colorado Adaptive Sports Foundation

CASF Executive Director Corey Fairbanks suits up with ATRS Denver to teach local students about donating their clothing & shoes.

My son has been involved with sled hockey since he was six years old. He’s 22 now, and it’s made a huge difference in his life. That just doesn’t happen without the lessons taught in team sports.

Just in time for America Recycles Day, three Denver-area schools have partnered with American Textile Recycling Service (ATRS) to host clothing & shoe collection drives, benefitting Colorado Adaptive Sports Foundation. ATRS Clothing & Shoe Recyclers in their signature bright orange color are conveniently located at Highlands Ranch Learning Center, Franklin Elementary and Rock Canyon High School from November 9-20. Parents, students and community members are encouraged to drop off gently used, out of season, unwanted clothing, shoes, toys and household textiles.

November is a perfect time of year for families to clean out their closets and declutter. Donating out of season or outgrown clothing and shoes leaves plenty of room for cold weather wear, while cleaning out bedrooms and play areas creates space for the influx of toys that is sure to come next month. Recycling and donating these gently used items also helps educate students about their environmental impact and the importance of philanthropy.

Every item donated during these school drives goes on to have a second life and does so much good in the process. Every pound collected generates funding for local nonprofit organization Colorado Adaptive Sports Foundation (CASF). Through an ongoing partnership between ATRS and CASF, monthly funding from clothing donations and other recyclables supports programs, services and competitions for area athletes with disabilities.

Parents and students at the three participating schools have the opportunity to make a huge impact on the lives of local athletes with disabilities through this recycling drive. Funding from events like these allows CASF to rent practice spaces and provides resources for athletes ranging from kindergarteners to Paralympic Gold Medalists to participate in local, national and international competitions. For CASF athletes competing is not just a hobby, it is a livelihood.

"My son has been involved with sled hockey since he was six years old," says Bruce Grandchamp, CASF parent and President of Colorado Sled Hockey. "He’s 22 now, and it’s made a huge difference in his life. He’s a confident young man working full time and attending online college. That just doesn’t happen without the lessons taught in team sports."

Local families, students and businesses can support CASF athletes year-round with donations by locating their nearest ATRS Clothing & Shoe Recycler. Call the 24-Hr Hotline at 866-900-9308 or visit to find bins conveniently located close to home, school or a workplace.

About American Textile Recycling Service (ATRS)
American Textile Recycling Service (ATRS) is the nation’s fastest growing textile recycler and proud to be among America’s leading companies proudly making America Recycles Day possible. Its socially responsible business model provides free textile recycling solutions for the public, job stimulation worldwide and much-needed funding for worthy local charities. Easy, convenient ATRS recyclers are available throughout Southern California, Atlanta, Orlando, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe and Tucson AZ, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Galveston and Beaumont TX, Michigan, Oklahoma, Colorado, Indiana and Tennessee. For press inquires contact pr(at)atrsonline(dot)com.

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