Char­ity bins left in mess

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A SAFTEY Bay res­i­dent was dis­gusted at the state of char­ity bins on Waimea Road on Tues­day.

“It looked like some­one had cut a pad­lock to one of the bins,” she said.

“Stuff was scat­tered around the bins; they’d left such a mess. It’s shocking.”

Good Sa­mar­i­tans re­tail op­er­a­tions man­ager Paige Lynam said it was an un­for­tu­nate sit­u­a­tion.

“Staff come into some of our Good Sammy stores in the morn­ings only to be pre­sented with do­na­tions which have been ri­fled through,” she said.

“This then leads to the lo­cal com­mu­nity, staff and vol­un­teers be­ing up­set by the sit­u­a­tion as do­na­tions are the blood­line to our or­gan­i­sa­tion, which sup­ports our mis­sion in pro­vid­ing mean­ing­ful em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties to those liv­ing with a dis­abil­ity.

“At Good Sammy we en­deav­our to do all we can to keep the bin sites clean and clear on a reg­u­lar ba­sis to en­sure our d478127 donor items are kept in good con­di­tion.”

Ms Lynam said it was un­for­tu­nate there was a self-serv­ing mi­nor­ity who left bin sites in dis­ar­ray.

“The ma­jor­ity of peo­ple do the right thing and we thank them for their con­tri­bu­tion to­wards our mis­sion,” she said.

“We en­cour­age donors to do­nate dur­ing busi­ness hours in one of our 29 stores so we can en­sure their items are used for the right pur­pose and we can thank them per­son­ally.”

A Safety Bay res­i­dent was dis­gusted by the mess at a char­ity drop-off sta­tion.

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