Sound Off: Donation Bins Around Town

A new law will protect non-profit organizations.

The Town of Hempstead Board recently passed a new law protecting non-profit and charitable organizations that operate collection bins within the town.

Many non-profit and charitable organizations set up collection bins that take in donations of clothing, toys and other items that ultimately benefit people in need in the town's local communities.

Under the new law, collection bin operators are now required to obtain an identification sticker through Hempstead Town's Building Department. The sticker will signify it as a town-permitted collection bin for use in connection with charitable purposes.

The new legislation prevents profiteering individuals from setting up drop boxes in local communities, according to a release from the town. Many of these profiteers deceive unsuspecting residents by misrepresenting their bins as collection boxes for worthy philanthropic endeavors. These "for profit" groups resell many of the items and convey only a small fraction of the proceeds to charitable causes.

Would you still donate to charities without the Town of Hempstead sticker? Tell us in the comment section below.

Nikki September 07, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Of the only bins that are legitimate are the ones with the stickers then I would absolutely NOT donate anything to a non-stickered bin....why would anyone?
Nikki September 07, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Furthermore, this law would also protect the people who want to donate. I myself have donated very little to the bins because I'm afraid they're not legitimate. At least this way I will know that my clothes and toys are going to the right place


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