Jeannie Beck receives more clothes than she can sell at her secondhand women’s clothing shop, La Loft. Her solution? Donating the clothes to Ukraine.

“I had to do something with my clothes,” Beck said. “I’ve probably sent 30 boxes to them.”

Give Back Box is a program that repurposes old cardboard boxes to send secondhand items to charities. Anyone can purchase a shipping label — most average around $20 — to donate unwanted items to more than 200 charities.

Beck learned about the program last December. She sends five boxes of clothing a month, she said.

“There’s nothing in those boxes that I wouldn’t sell in the store,” Beck said. “If I’m going through clothes and there’s anything that’s ripped, stained, the zippers don’t work, the buttons are missing, I don’t send that stuff to them. Some people are like, ‘Well, they should just be happy to get it,’ and I’m like, ‘Yeah, but let’s give them stuff they should be happy to get.’”

Beck is considering donating to Turkey next, she said. It costs $25 to donate blankets, clothing and shoes to survivors of the Turkey earthquake. There were 1.5 million people left homeless after February’s earthquake, according to a report from the United Nations.

“I feel very fortunate that I have found this whole Give Back Box thing,” Beck said. “It’s been a game changer for me. Otherwise, I’m not sure how we would have dealt with it … the excess inventory. I had no idea how much clothing runs through this place. It’s a lot. A lot of clothing runs through here.”

Beck receives clothing donations from Haines, Juneau, Whitehorse and Haines Junction. She is currently limiting her intake to one paper bag per person. Beck has been limiting her intake for months, she said.

“My supply outweighs my demand,” Beck said. “Basically, I have become a recycling center for used clothes in Haines. Only I’m picky about what I’m taking.”

La Loft is not the only secondhand shop with too many items to sell. Talia’s Treasures owner Tammie Hauser said she has to take items to the dump every month.

“People just have a lot of (clothes) for some reason,” Hauser said. “Maybe because they go to yard sales or people just pass it around. … They want different options, too, I guess, from summer to winter to spring to fall. And you have to layer … You have to have your T-shirts, your jackets, your coats.”

Salvation Army captain Kevin Woods also receives more goods than he can sell. Women’s clothes are his biggest problem, he said.

“Our shelves are completely full,” Woods said. “We’re getting to the point now where we will have to take stuff to the dump. I hate to do that. It costs money. But there’s only so much room.”

Woods has not had to throw out items for about a year, he said.

“We’re trapped in a vicious cycle of stuff,” Woods said.

Woods said he would be interested in donating unwanted items to Ukraine if he can get permission from the Salvation Army corporate office.