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No one wants to seem ungrateful during the holiday season, especially charities reliant on public donations. But sometimes, one person’s trash is just that — trash. And during the holiday season, misguided donations can multiply.
Broken chairs, dirty linens, damaged clothing, old mattresses and unpaired running shoes won’t find a home at your local charity and dealing with them takes time and effort non-profits can little afford. But communicating that to the public is a delicate task, according to those in the sector.
“It’s a common thread that isn’t talked about because charities are generally very polite and they don’t want to offend anyone,” says Dan Kershaw, executive director of Furniture Bank. “But charities can’t be society’s dumping ground.”
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