Proper etiquette when it comes to donation boxes - WNEM TV 5

Proper etiquette when it comes to donation boxes

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Maybe you've witnessed it - you go to donate some items and you see the box is overflowing with some donations even scattered on the ground.

Sometimes there's no room, but you still want to make sure your donation gets to charity.

A donation box outside in Saginaw was full and items were left on the ground surrounding the box. The box itself said "Don't leave any bags outside of the box."

"It's a real problem, especially for the stores allowing the boxes to be there," said Doug Poling, director of the Salvation Army in Saginaw.

Poling said the boxes overflow a lot, destroying the items intended to be donations.

"If they leave it outside in the weather, or if it's after hours someone can come get it and that actually happens quite a few times," Poling said.

He said while the boxes work great for quick donations, people need to realize the proper way to do it.

"There's no limitations to what you can donate, but if you're putting them in a drop box it really should be clothing, something in a bag. If they put furniture in front of a drop box the chances of it actually making it to a store is pretty slim," Poling said.

He said they would never throw away the items left on the ground. They would still try to find a way to salvage the items.

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