Thieves make off with Pedvac donations
- It’s hard for people connected with Pedvac (Port Elgin district voluntary action council) to believe, but a person or persons has apparently been stealing donations of clothing and other goods given to the public advocacy organization.
Pedvac executive director Val Macdermid said recently that just last week the organization became aware that an unknown number of bags of donated goods, which had been left outside the building on Church Street in Port Elgin after regular business hours, had been stolen.
“It’s hard to believe that anyone would take stuff that had been donated to Pedvac, but that’s apparently what’s been going on lately,” she said.
Macdermid said that, although the problem came to their attention just last week, it’s unknown how long this has been going one.
“Recently a person who donates things to us regularly called to say that a bag of items that had been dropped off at the door after hours had apparently included some things that were not meant to be given away. They asked if we could please hold those items here for them, however, none of the bags of goods they had dropped off were here when the staff arrived the next morning. We have since realized that this has happened on at least one other occasion lately; but it could be happening frequently,” she admitted.
Macdermid said the Pedvac staff finds this very frustrating, given that the donated items are sold at very low prices in the organization’s on-site ‘boutique’.
“Pedvac is here for people when they need a helping hand. If you need clothing or household goods and have no money to buy it, we’ll gladly give it to you,” she explained.
The organization will be looking into having a locked collection box built and placed outside of the building, Macdermid said.
“We had an open collection box outside of the building for several years but people would sometimes put garbage in it, or at times they would go through the bags left in the box and dump it all over the yard. So we eventually just got rid of it. It’s unfortunate that we have to spend money that would otherwise be invested in some of our programs and services, to make another collection box. Hopefully we can get some of the materials for it donated,” she added.
Founded in 1984, Pedvac is a public service organization providing assistance when needed for residents of the Port Elgin area and beyond. Among some of the programs and services provided at the Port Elgin location are food bank, literacy services, youth programs, advocacy, confidential assistance for local school’s hot lunch program for children of food bank clients, income tax preparation and used clothing, furniture and household goods boutique.
For more information on Pedvac programs and services contact the organization at 506538-7638, Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Pedvac boutique manager Susan Allen places some items of clothing on racks at the second-hand clothing and furniture store that is part of the public advocacy organization’s programs and services in Port Elgin.