Donations should be usable

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 18, 2002

Sometimes, honest intentions can get the best of you. For others, their intentions are downright dishonorable.

Either way, The Salvation Army chapter in Austin is having to deal with a problem and is appealing to the public for help.

Recently, the organization has had a people drop off used goods, much of which is, quite frankly, junk.

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The result? Volunteers and paid staff are having to clean up the mess of others and haul it away.

It shouldn’t have to be like this.

A small fraction of those who donate goods are dropping them off on the west side of the thrift store, and then leaving.

A recent check of the site found a couch with a 70s flavor. Not fashionable, but usable. Still, it was the one item out of, literally, about 100 that was usable.

Other items in the pile included broken box springs, a warped wooden table, solvents and even some ceramic tile.

Those donating items to The Salvation Army should ask themselves, "Would someone else wear/use this?"

If the answer is 'yes,' the thrift store staff would be happy to take those items.

We ask that people be considerate and mindful of what they choose to donate. It will enable The Salvation Army to save its money and apply them to worthy programs, rather than using those dollars to haul away other people’s junk.