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My Bad - Cautionary Tale About Donating Clothes at a Drop Box

February 23rd, 2007 at 10:08 am

At the risk of embarrassing myself, thought I'd share this story to let others learn from my mistake.....

Since we paid down our mortgage, we take the standard deduction on our taxes instead of itemizing. So, I no longer care about getting a receipt when I donate used goods.

There are a couple drop boxes for used clothes in my town that I ASSUMED were for some sort of charity. They have the American Flag on them and a big recycle sticker and a nice-sounding name. Since the locations are so convenient, the last couple times I cleaned out my closets I dropped off clothes there.

Then I heard that these were actually set out by some sort of for-profit re-selling outfit. So, this morning I looked one of the drop boxes over thoroughly while pumping my gas (one is located at our gas station) and, sure enough, there is no mention of it being for a non-profit charity.

Shame on me ... my bad for not reading carefully enough before dropping off my "donations"! I will be much more careful in the future.

1 Responses to “My Bad - Cautionary Tale About Donating Clothes at a Drop Box”

  1. KEALINA Says:

    wow.. that's interesting... my FIL does all the donating for this household... i tend to just give my clothes away to people i know...

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