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Donations Rejected by 'Needy' Organizations

November 14, 2002

We've recently cleaned out our garage and decided to call one of the many groups that ask for donations. We marked the items and put them in the driveway for pickup. The truck pulled up and, with little more than a cursory look at what we were donating, the workers got back into the truck, saying, "Nope, not interested." We then called another "needy group" but were not home when their people came to call. They left a door hanger on our front door with the curt note: "Sorry, not good. Not salebal." (Their spelling!)

Ladies and gentlemen, if they were good, I wouldn't be giving them away! I had thought that many of these so-called "thrift stores" have needy people who need jobs and will work and repair items to make them salable. Or am I mistaken about what they really want and what their people do?

Stephen A. All

San Diego

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