It's tempting: You see those giant metal used clothing receptacles in parking lots of shopping malls, and you know how easy it would be to toss your clothes in there. But did you know that the majority of those donations bins don't actually help people in need but are really for-profit operations? A recent New York Times story revealed that not only are these collection boxes illegal, an eyesore and hazardous, they don't help the needy. Instead, the used clothing that is collected is often sorted and resold to thrift shops or in bulk overseas, where all of the proceeds are untraceable and likely to benefit individuals. If you want your lightly used clothes to help people, consider dropping them off at a reputable charity like Goodwill or the Salvation Army instead.