I currently find myself with a number of pieces of furniture and several boxes of perfectly usable kitchenware that I would like to donate to charity. There are no antiques, no heirlooms, just decent bits and bobs that someone could certainly use.
We often hear about refugees and immigrants settling in a new country. There is no shortage of organizations and associations seeking donations of clothes and home furnishings for these folks, many of whom are fleeing horrific conditions.
So I packed up the utensils, cutlery, small appliances, and flatware. I turfed out the unusable furniture and readied the sturdier pieces. All I needed was an organization to come by and pick up the goods. Well, you’d think I was asking for the moon.
Evidently none of the traditional charities, the ones that used to be pleased to come and get your donation, offer this service anymore. The Salvation Army said no, as did several other local agencies. But the worst was our neighbourhood Habitat for Humanity; when I called them they assured me they still offered the pickup service, but it would cost me $50.
What part of donation do these folks not understand?
I am perfectly willing to donate pieces of furniture that will either be sold, proceeds going to charity, or given to needy people. But I’m certainly not going to pay to do so. I find it absurd that in this day of economic adjustment for the many deserving refugees arriving in Canada that charities try to put a squeeze on potential donors.
I am a regular blood donor. but if they started charging me to donate, I fear I would have to reconsider.