To the editor:
Recently, The News Press ("Number of imposter donation bins on the rise," Dec. 1, 2013) ran a story on the problem of the "textile salvage business." Essentially, it addressed how for-profit companies are hoodwinking the public to donate their clothing and other items to make a profit instead of using the donation to support local charities. In other words, stealing donations to fill their own pockets.
Many Pine Island residents may not realize that this is a growing concern at The Beacon of H.O.P.E. The thrift store has had bags of clothing, furniture and even large appliances taken from the donations left at The Beacon. These items are stolen for self use or to sell for a profit.
Those who donate to The Beacon of H.O.P.E. can be assured that their donations are used to fund programs for the local community. Residents can help. Report any suspicious activity and donate items only during the designated drop off hours. Take the time to notify a volunteer as to what you are donating.
Lucia West, volunteer
The Beacon of H.O.P.E.
St. James City