On the other thread we were talking about how so many charity giving trees feature items that are so high ticket, no one can afford to give them except Donald Trump or maybe Oprah.
Here's the other end of the spectrum: people who use the "Giving Tree" as a way to clean house and "dump" unwanted stuff.
I belong to my church's Social Concerns committee. Each year we have a giving tree. The ornaments on the tree are pieces of paper naming a particular local charity and an item that someone they serve might need. Example: Veteran's Aid Home: Men's Socks. or Home for Unwed Teen Moms: infant clothing. There are tags reading "Women's CLothing, Size 18" or "Toy for boy, age 5 - 8." We do not give the items to individuals. We give them to the charity that serves them and the charity divvies the loot.
Because of this we ASK SPECIFICALLY AND CLEARLY in the bulletin and from the altar, that the items NOT be wrapped because we need to know what the item is and where it goes.
But that doesn't deter some folks and, I guess, for good reason. We unwrap all the items, even if they are labeled, for the same reason. People like to get rid of their junk this way.
Today I threw away an item that had been beautifully gift wrapped and labeled "Boy TOY, age 5". What I unwrapped was a decorative wooden nutcracker about a foot and a half tall. Aside from being hideous (it was some kind of miner, I guess: he had a shovel--I hope he was a miner and not a grave digger) it was broken and the arm that was broken had jagged bits sticking out. Charming for a little boy to receive, no?
My friend unwrapped a box labeled "women's clothing." There were tattered blouses, dirty Tees and you name it.
Who does this and why? I know in my church there are a lot of people who are, well, a few clowns short of a circus, but honestly, why would you think it was okay to give an ugly broken decoration to a five year old child? Who would want a slinky black top stained with antipersperant? Why?
Any stories about inappropriate charity offerings???