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No Excuse Not To Donate

The Target parking lot is overflowing with collection boxes for used clothing, shoes, and housewares.

Ah, the irony.

We’re in the middle of a recession, and yet Target appears to have shipped in a surplus of energetic, red-shirted, temporary staff members to keep the shelves overstocked with items that no one truly needs (but my God, that spinning cabinet organizer sure would take the hassle out of looking for a can of tomato soup!).

Even more ironic is the surplus of collection boxes for used clothing, shoes and housewares in Target’s parking lot, facing the superstore like weary soldiers from The Salvation Army and other non-profits.

On one end of the parking lot is a frequently-renovated and even more frequently visited place for everyday items.

On the other end of the parking lot is a row of rusted metal boxes holding discarded everyday items.

If only those boxes had as many visitors as Target does…

Michele S. Hays November 30, 2011 at 05:33 PM
Important note: all donation boxes are NOT created equal: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2004-02-12/features/0402120028_1_gaia-bins-clothes I think the only boxes at Target that actually give clothes or the proceeds from the sale of clothes to a charity are the ones for the Salvation Army. Also important - if you've got kids' clothes, please donate them to ESCCA in the bins on the West side of the JEH Center at 1500 McDaniel - those clothes go directly to local kids in need http://escca.org/ (They are in particular need of warm outerwear sizes 14-18.)
Christine Wolf December 01, 2011 at 03:54 PM
Excellent point, Michele. It's so easy to drop used kids' clothes/shoes/boots/coats in the bin at the District 65 building. We've all heard of "kiss and ride" lanes at train stations...we should call the ESCCA bins "Drop and Dress".
Richard Schulte December 08, 2011 at 12:55 AM
Another way to help would be to encourage the President to allow the Keystone XL pipeline to be built from Canada to Texas. Lots of good paying jobs for unemployed construction workers. And, of course, the steel pipe used in the pipeline has to be manufactured and trucked to the pipeline. Isn't a construction job paying big dollars a much better Christmas gift for someone than used clothing? A hand-up (a job) is a whole lot better than a hand-out. Not to mention that the price of gasoline would come down and that would ripple through the economy and help everybody. The President keeps talking about his Jobs Bill-why not create jobs building the pipe line? It won't cost the US Treasure anything and will generate tax revenue. Sounds like a win-win-win to me.

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