Misleading Clothing Donation Boxes:Beware of FOR PROFIT Clothing Boxes

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Misleading Clothing Donation Boxes: Beware of FOR PROFIT Clothing Boxes

 

I am a big believer of helping people who are worse off than I am. It serves a multitude of purposes: One thing is clear; I am helping someone in need anonymously. They do not know who gave those in need of help and I do not know who received it. All I know is that it was beneficial for some one. The second part of this is the fact that I felt good that I was able to help someone.

 

Donating clothing that you are not using anymore, due to “out growing them” as in my case make a lot of sense for all involved.  I am helping a charity like Goodwill or the Salvation Army while making room for new clothes in my closet. One of the other side benefit is I get a tax deduction as well.

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In the “old days” it was simple. The Salvation Army or Goodwill was the “only game in town”. They were providing a place to drop off your clothing and shoes. Simple a’ win-win’ situation for all is what it used to be.

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Then all of a sudden “for-profit companies” started setting up drop boxes and they were reselling the clothes to consignment stores or textile recyclers. They have misleading markings and if not illegal at least totally immoral. I find it annoying that they have “small print disclaimers” so I ask you PLEASE DO NOT fall into these misleading traps of companies that give miniscule per cent of donations to charitable causes.

 

So please do not help these unscrupulous companies make financial gains with your clothing that you intended to help the ones “in more need” then you. Give your clothing to legitimate organizations, such as Goodwill or the Salvation Army.

unscrupulous Donation Box only 15% goes to Charity

Look Closely it is supported by a big grocery chain BUT only 15% is going to Charity!

 

I donate a large percent of my income to animal rescue organizations, and give clothing to legitimate organizations and my per cent that I donate is a lot larger than these “unscrupulous” companies and I am still a “profit center”.

Missleading Charitable BOX only 15 % goes to Charity

Look at the boxes closely before you throw your donations inside. Pay attention and truly help those in need!

 

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Rainmaker
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Pamela Seley, REALTOR®
Menifee Lakes California Real Estate
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Endre, I only give donations to Goodwill or the Salvation Army. Thanks for the heads up. I don't think what they're doing is illegal, but like you, I agree it is misleading and lacking morals.

July 11, 2012 01:28 AM
Rainmaker
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Cal Yoder
Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744
Keller Williams of Central PA East

Endre, I love reading posts by others. I like learning about what makes others tick. Great post about donating clothing and paying attention to where your clothes are going. Neat to see how you give back to your community as well. Have a great day!

Cal

July 11, 2012 02:24 AM
Rainmaker
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT

Endre - You are right, these really are misleading and I'd rather give directly to Goodwill or the Salvation Army.

July 11, 2012 03:31 AM
Rainmaker
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Janis Borgueta
LIC R.E Salesperson - Homes for Sale Newburgh NY
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ~ 845-527-7115

I agree... it is wrong to deceive the public the way they do. I give directly never to a third party... it is just wrong and a good number of people don't realize it!

July 11, 2012 06:29 AM
Rainmaker
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Hi Endre -- great post --- it's important to know the organization  -- you've probably opened a lot of people's eyes to this kind of "donation".

July 11, 2012 07:42 AM
Rainmaker
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René Fabre
New Media Marketing
First American Title

That's a good reminder... I now have a few charities I know personally and help round up donations from friends and coworkers and drop them off at the community center that is helping those in need in our area and will distribute directly.

July 11, 2012 08:38 AM
Rainmaker
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Pamela I find it unfortunate when people try to take advantage of the generosity of others.

Cal it is important to help out, thank you for your support.

Janis you are so right many people are unaware and if they knew they would not support these "for profit" organizations when their intent was to help the needy and the nonprofits.

Michael I hope  I did a small part in getting the word out!

Rene' it is sad that we have to look at every where for the fine print!

July 11, 2012 10:39 AM
Rainmaker
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Eileen Hsu
LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON
Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Hi Endre, it is indeed very unfortunate that we have to be careful even when we try to do a good deed.

July 11, 2012 11:43 AM
Rainmaker
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Ron Marshall
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire
Marshall Enterprises

There are so many of these boxes around now.  And, as you said, hardly any of the money goes to charity.  We prefer to give to the Salvation Army or, if it it purely clothes, we give to the most local charities.  That way they can do what they want with it.  Most of our castoffs are new or gently worn, or we don't donate them.  We end up sending them to the Vets who box them and send them to a manufacturer who GIVE THEM THE MONEY based on a poundage fee.

Good call and a great way to spread the word about phony "charities".

July 11, 2012 06:16 PM
Rainmaker
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
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Eileen it is very sad that we have good intention and there are unscrupulous people trying to take advantage of our kindness. If they are for profit they should offer us money and then we can choose to make some money or just go to a donation center that is not for profit!

July 11, 2012 10:54 PM
Rainmaker
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
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Ron, I find that I keep "outgrowing my shirts, pants and suits" may use them 5-10 times a year, I guess we are blessed that I can eat and drink to the point of outgrowing my clothes before they wear out! I find that Religious Organizations are just as good in helping the needy!

July 11, 2012 10:56 PM
Rainmaker
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Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.
Geez...California has all kinds of issues...:) Seriously thank you. I've never thought about it, but I will a attention before I drop off now!
July 18, 2012 06:51 PM
Rainmaker
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
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Joy I am glad I was able to help bringing this to the fore front and making people aware. I am all for supporting economies, I just do not like being misled where I think 60-80% would go to the needy vs 15%.

July 18, 2012 07:01 PM
Rainmaker
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Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.

I was just reading something about that with out charitable organizations. . . we as "supporters" need to be certain of who we financially support!  Thanks Endre!

July 21, 2012 05:56 PM
Rainmaker
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Hi unfortunate but you are right on Joy!

July 21, 2012 09:52 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Los Angeles / Valley Homes
Mannis Real Estate Group

I did not know about the boxes. Yet, it is quite possible. I noticed that there are so many stores that resell the used staff.

 

December 06, 2013 11:01 PM
Rainmaker
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Inna I do not like that they are misleading generous donors so they can make a profit.....

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