Help St. Vincent de Paul By Speaking Out Against the Proliferation of For-Profit Donation Collection Bins
Maybe you’ve seen them: green, red, and white donation collection boxes .They’re on street corners, alongside curbs and in front of convenience stores, gas stations and strip shopping centers all over Jefferson County.
Driving past these ubiquitous bins, you might be able to read their signage, in large, bold letters: DONATIONS! CLOTHING! SHOES!
These boxes pose a huge threat to small nonprofit charities like St.Vincent de Paul, because they take away valuable donations of gently used clothing and other household items that help us keep our four local Thrift Stores stocked.
Many of the bins you see are owned by for-profit, out-of-state companies that claim to collect their donations on behalf of charity. However, in most cases, only a fraction of the revenues raised from the resale of these donated items actually ends up benefiting these selected charities. Most of the profits go to the companies that own and operate the bins.