Opportunity shop donations shouldn’t create extra work


OVER several years my wife and I donated used clothing to charities in Sale.

The clothing was always washed, ironed and folded, not placed in boxes but handed into the shop, suitable for immediate display.

During the Christmas period I walked past a collection bin in Raymond St, Sale.

On the pavement by the box was a pile of clothing which was half the height of the collection bin.

The clothing was not sorted, washed or ironed just a jumbled heap.

What happens to the soggy mess when it rains?

Did recent strong winds blow it over Raymond St?

Such donations create a great deal of work for the charity workers, probably costing more in labour than the ‘donation’ is worth.

The donors have used the outside of the collection bin as a rubbish disposal.

Have people no sense of proportion or pride?