June 28, 2016

Intermittent clouds

For charities, good intentions sometimes go bad

Maria Kacik | The Gazette

MEDINA — Most people who donate material items to the Community Services Center have good intentions. But sometimes they cause more trouble than they help, Director Michelle LaMar said.

For instance, she said between Tuesday and Wednesday someone pushed a pile of loose, shabby clothing through the drop box at the center, 655 N. Broadway. Most of the clothing, which was stained, faded and tattered, only could be used to make rags.

“I usually don’t wear plastic gloves when I work here. Today I did when I sorted out those clothes,” volunteer Dorothy Rising said.

Staff at the Community Services Center said many of these items were ruined and had to be thrown away after they were left as a donation in the snow earlier this year.

LaMar said anytime someone donates unusable items, she and volunteers have to find something to do with them.

“We like to always think intentions are good when people donate,” LaMar said. ”But when things are not in good condition, we have to pay to have it hauled away.”

She said sometimes people leave piles of donations outside the center during nonoffice hours, only to have the items ruined by the weather before volunteers arrive for the day.

“It gets a little discouraging,” she said.

But LaMar said donations are needed at the center, especially with the current economic woes. And she said cash donations would be most helpful. The center uses cash to help needy individuals pay utility bills and buy items like toiletries.

If people do want to donate material items, she said the most helpful would be new socks and underwear, children’s shoes, blankets and pots and pans.

Items can be donated during the center’s hours — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and Thursday — or they can be placed in the drop box on the north side of the building.

Contact LaMar at (330) 725-4690 with any questions.

Contact Maria Kacik at (330) 721-4049 or mkacik@ohio.net.