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Donations ruined outside Richmond thrift store's doors

The Richmond Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Store raises money for health care.
Items are left outside the hospital thrift store daily.

Donate items only when we’re open!

This was the message from the Richmond Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Store in Steveston.

The thrift store gets “donations” left daily outside their Chatham Street facility, but often, by the time they’re found, they’re “ruined,” the thrift store recently explained on Facebook.

“This is dumping…” the post reads.

Not only do the items get “ransacked, stolen, thrown on the ground,” they also get wet from dew or rain and are subsequently unusable.

“That’s not what you intend when you set out to help us, so please donate items ONLY when we’re open. Many thanks,” reads the post.

Many charities that operate donation boxes also complain about the same thing as items are left around the bins, subject to natural elements.

The Richmond Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Store raises money for medical equipment and for patient programs at Richmond Hospital, Minoru Residence and Lions Manor.

It’s located at 3731 Chatham St. and is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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