It’s an interesting question and I think for 99% of the donations we think we know the answer…
- They want to support the charity because they have experienced the wonderful work they do.
- They like to support charities in general and like the thought of their unwanted items having a useful life elsewhere.
- They recognise that donating unwanted items to charity is a great thing to do for the planet…recycle rather than landfill.
I’m sure there are many more great reasons why people donate and we appreciate the items we get what ever the reason…with one exception…
When items are left on our doorstep out of hours!
7.45am Monday morning this is what greets me…a bag of clothes left (sometime between 4.30pm Saturday and 7.45am Monday). The bag has been torn open and clothes are strewn everywhere!
Somebody may have left these with the best intentions…but we do have signs up asking people not to leave donations when the shop is closed…the only thing I can do with these is put them in the bin.
It’s very frustrating…it makes our shop and quite often the surrounding area look awful…it becomes a health risk for staff and volunteers…how long has it been there…how many dogs have relieved themselves there…is there anything else in there, broken items, sharps…would you want to start your working day clearing this up?
Saturday afternoon I closed the shop at 4pm, popped upstairs for 5 minutes when I came down someone had dumped a broken computer in the doorway!
I couldn’t sell this even if it was working…St Mary’s Hospice will have to pay to dispose of it correctly!
You know…we get some amazing donations into our shops that help raise much needed funds for our wonderful hospice…and I wouldn’t want to alienate any genuine donators…but maybe some people just aren’t aware that when they choose to dump goods on our doorstep they aren’t helping a good cause…in some cases they are actually costing it money!
if you have items you would like to donate but can’t make it when the shop is open…please get in touch by phone or Facebook and we can collect…make sure your donation is making a difference in a good way!