Posted by: Proteus
Posted: 18th Jan 2011
Recently I had the unenviable task of cleaning out a business premises that my late father had leased to a person who had not paid rentin many months, and had simply walked out of the business. Thinking that the sontents of the business ( secondhand clothing) would be gratefuly recieved by local charities, red cross, salvo. st. vinnies etc., I rang the charities concerned and asked if they would like to come and help themselves to the huge range of clothing left in the shop. I was totally dismayed at the response from all of them. None of them would come and collect anything, all asked if the clothing was new, and sellable etc. Only one of the charities was really interested, and when they couldn't come and collect it, I decide to deliver it all to them.......and spent many hours loading my little car up with clothing, hangers and al, an delivering it all to their premises. After the final delivery, I was told that the clothing was of no value to them at all and it or most of it had been thrown into rubbish collection (in my opinion albeit seconhand clothing, it was all clean, pretty good as far as styles went I guess and definatley sellable). During the course of my doing my bit for charity, I was talking to one of the volenteers who told me she had to pay the charity for her name badge, her protective apron and also had to provide her own morning and afternoon tea. They say charity begins at home, but I'm afraid that charity doesn't exist with the so called charities - they are a business, and donations are expected to be new or near new, and the better the quality the more they will take the goods from donors.
In this modern day of wanting the latest, the most modern fashiions etc., etc., I am more than dissallusioned at the behaviour of charites in general. I for one will not be donating anything to ANY charity from now on as they all stike me as ungrateful, greedy and in my honest opinion, not really doing anyone in need any favours. Perthaps on the other side of the coin, it is also the needy that need to have a look at themselves? Be thankful for what is offered freely.
In future, if I have any goods of any kind that I no longer need or want, I will not be danting to charity, but will either sell it on, or give ti to someone I know needs what I no longer need.