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People who donate clothing to clothing bins may be surprised to know that not all of their donations are going to the poor
SUGGESTING A WESTCHESTER COUNTY LAW TO REQUIRE CLOTHING DONATION BINS TO CLEARLY STATE WHERE CLOTHING IS GOING
IS THE CLOTHING GOING TO THE POOR OR IS IT BEING RECYCLED? ARE THE BINS BEING USED TO PROVIDE PROFIT FOR COMPANIES THAT ARE NOT GIVING THE CLOTHING TO THE LESS FORTUNATE? DONORS SHOULD KNOW
There are bins all over Westchester collecting clothing donations. Many people want to donate their used clothing to the less fortunate and probably would be surprised to know that this may not be happening. Residents who make the donations don't really know where their donations are going. My suggestion: There should be a county law requiring all clothing bins to place in a visible place on the bin information about where their donations are going -how the used clothing will be used.
Is the clothing going to the poor? How is the clothing being distributed?
Does the vendor take the clothing and sell the donations based on weight - with none of the clothing going to the poor? Is the clothing only being recycled -for different products?
Will the funds raised go to non profits? Are the owners of the clothing bins for profit or non profit organizations? That should be highlighted on the bin.
Many people see brightly colored bins- wrongly think that their clothing donations will go to the poor. I think a county law requiring disclosure would enable residents who want to donate quality clothing to the less fortunate to have a better idea which bins they should use to deposit their donations.
I have written to county officials and hope this proposal will be considered.
Greenburgh Town Supervisor