Thrift stores in Tucson see a bevy of donations, including unusable items
TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – Amid spring cleaning and the lifting of pandemic restrictions, thrift stores are inundated with household items, including Goodwill in Tucson.
However, there are some items that should not be dropped off, including broken furniture, used mattresses, and leaking batteries. Here is a complete list of Goodwill items can not accept.
“We really appreciate generosity, but just take this second to ask, is this going to end up in the trash or is it something of value that I would give to someone close to my heart,” Matthew said. Flores, Marketing Director for Goodwill of Southern Arizona.
Goodwill donations are up about 15% from 2020 with an average of 1,200 donations per day.
While donations can be well-intentioned, many items take more time and money to process than to sell, and some items cannot be resold at all.
“If it’s a broken piece of furniture that can’t be repaired in any way, if it’s completely broken and torn, please don’t drop it on our door, dirty clothes or if it’s stained. , a rag with oil on it, all that stuff, ”Flores said.
There has also been an influx of dangerous donations, which must be disposed of with care, including used propane tanks and empty chemical bottles.
“It is very important to make sure that it is not trash that is brought here, it is less work for them to have to go through individually, and I would hate to walk into a store like this and look and be like. , oh that shouldn’t even be on a shelf, ”said Goodwill donor Chrystal Bucher.
Bucher is a nursing assistant who helps palliative care patients to declutter. To help her patients, she donated their donations to Tucson thrift stores on a weekly basis.
“Seeing someone get rid of what they’ve had for so long and cherish is not easy, so being able to work with them and then being able to leave it and know it’s for someone who could use it. better and the finances of it will go to something useful, really makes a difference for them and me, “said Bucher.
Goodwill keeps more than 30 million pounds out of landfill each year in southern Arizona alone.
Flores said 92% of every dollar spent by Goodwill goes to their 12 local programs for youth and adults, which include job training and employment opportunities.
For those interested in make a donation, Goodwill’s drive-thru donation centers are socially remote and staff will wear masks.
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