SPOKANE, WASH. - Another Bloomsday is in the books, but the annual race can't go by without so many of you throwing your extra clothing layers to the trees because everyone knows the donations go to a good cause. Though everyone knows the donations go toward a good cause, many people aren't sure of where they actually end up. KHQ decided to get your answer and as it turns out the clothing donation money ends up at the ARC of Spokane. The ARC of Spokane assists more than 7000 disabled adults in Spokane County.
Once the t's are tossed, inmates from Geiger help pick up the shirts. Once the Geiger crews have the clothes picked up, a few people put them in bags. This year donations totaled 7000 pounds, raising more than $7000. The clothes go to Value Village and at the end of the month the store will cut a check to the ARC.
"The ARC does so many things for the local community that a lot of people don't know," ARC Executive Director Fred Meyer said. "That one shirt, that one pair of pants, that one accessory item generates revenue that comes back directly to Spokane, right here at the ARC and helps all of our constituents."
The ARC assists disabled adults with everything from housing to health care, they assist with finances and provide opportunities for employment and fun.
"It's a challenge and sometimes you have to have a lot of patience, but at the end of the day you just know you made a difference," employee Cinda Martin said.
For more information on their mission you can visit them online at www.arc-spokane.org.