How not to do holiday giving: “charity tourism” and old socks cost non-profits time and money

Homeless shelters aren’t there to teach your kids a lesson and thrift stores don’t want your old mattresses

Why It Matters

Many people have the urge to help their fellow citizens over the winter holiday season. Thoughtful, well-informed donations can go a long way to assisting community serving organizations meet their clients’ needs, while unwanted items create a burden for service providers, however well intended.

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