“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” Mark Twain 
Clothing is part of the manufacturing sector and part of the economic environment. It is also a major issue in many communities. Why? In a way, the Mark Twain quote above hit on it.
Inadequate clothing is a humbling visual symptom of poverty that strikes both adults and children. This symptom belies the lack of adequate resources which is the definition of poverty.
It is hard to get a good job if all you have is rags to wear. If you wear rags to school or work, you might be teased, shunned, and bullied. You may be cold and not able to navigate inhospitable weather. You may get sick more often, skip medical care, and miss work and school because of inclement weather. Clothing, or the lack of it, affects our existing and future workforce in a real, negative way.
Inadequate clothing caused by poverty is not just something that happens somewhere else—it happens here too. It impacts our economy, current and future workers, education and health care systems, and our quality of life. Events like Second Adventures could be considered as a Business Recruitment, Retention, and Expansion (BRE) technique that can be used anywhere by any community to help boost the workforce.
It is an easy thing to do. Sharing un-needed clothing is an easy thing to do. Especially when you consider that the average American disposes of nearly 81 pounds of clothing every year. This adds up to approximately nine percent of the total refuse! By recycling this clothing we could reduce waste management costs, reduce pressure on the landfills, and just maybe give someone the best shirt or jacket they have ever had.
Is the Second Adventures clothing event on November 10 at the SDA Church on N Cedar Point Lane in Coquille important to our economy? More than you would ever guess.
1 Fashion (https://www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag315.htm)
2 Tattered Clothes of Poverty Prove Costly in Classroom (https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2000-feb-20-me-739-story.html)
3 New Study Reveals Many American Families Struggle to Afford Basic Personal Care Items and Household Goods (https://www.feedingamerica.org/about-us/press-room/new-study-reveals-many-american-families-struggle-to-afford-basic-personal-care-items-and-household-goods)
4 Weekly Updates, Best of the Saturday Evening Post (https://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2018/01/ready-waste-americas-clothing-crisis/)
5 On the Road (https://childrenincorporated.org/understanding-child-poverty-facts-and-statistics/)
Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) comes in many flavors. Making sure there is a workforce available to help support your industry is critical and often tough. Log truck driving careers can be a fast transition compared to other trades and pay very well!