Reader letter: Please do not dump at Canby Kiwanis Thrift Store
Recently, Canby Kiwanis Thrift Store has seen an increase in the number of people who leave merchandise outside our gates, on the sidewalk, or in our parking lot, usually after hours. Often, they leave merchandise we would normally reject: mattresses and box springs, cribs and carseats (because of the high frequency of recalls), hide-a-beds, non-flat-screen TVs larger than 19", exercise equipment, full size pianos and organs, and broken, ripped, or stained items. Items for donation should be clean and in good working condition, contain all their parts, and be free of stains and rips.
If you have the community's interests at heart, please do not dump. People who dump rob our staff of time, which costs us money that could be spent on the community. Thrift Store employees could better use their time to bring clean items in good working condition onto the sales floor. That is how we get the funds to provide a free book each month to children under 5 in the Canby School District, provide food and toy baskets to 400 families and 1,100 children every Christmas, give $20,000 or more in college scholarships each year, and support a multitude of projects all over town, from the Canby Public Library to the Canby Center to the Adult Center.
On behalf of Canby Kiwanis Thrift Store, I would like to thank the community for supporting the store through purchases and donations, and for respecting our need to set some boundaries on donations, which can be made Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Our semi-annual half-price sale is Sept. 29. We will donate half of our net revenues on that day to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank—come help a great community organization!
Luana Hill , Canby Kiwanis Thrift Store Committee