A major California university hosts 20,000 conference guests each summer and provides these guests with linen services. In the fall of 2023, the university refreshed their linen supply, resulting in thousands of surplus items for reuse, including good quality, durable sheets, and pillowcases. They even threw in the towels, 10,180 of them. With 8,412 flat and fitted sheets, along with 3,783 pillowcases, there is enough to make up over 4,000 beds.
Having previously worked with FRS on dormitory furniture decommissions, the university offered their surplus linens for charitable placement. Sanitized and shrink-wrapped, these goods were a great match for World Vision’s domestic disaster and poverty relief programs.
A tractor trailer was loaded with 42 palletized crates, containing a total of 22,373 items, weighing in at 24 tons. The destination was World Vision’s Storehouse in Fife, Washington. World Vision regularly gets requests for supplies from their partners who work with homeless shelters.
At the Storehouse, linens are sent directly to the shelters, along with other essential supplies. A portion of the linens inventory was also set aside in the Storehouse for disaster response when those needs arise.
This may sound like a blanket statement, but charities love linens.
World Vision International is a humanitarian aid, development, and advocacy organization. Founded in 1950, World Vision has more than 34,000 staff in nearly 100 countries, serving those in greatest need.