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Rantings and Ravings

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Sun Advocate reporter

Tis the season for giving.

But each year it starts earlier and earlier. With year-round Christmas stores and mail order sites, it really never ends anymore.

We have a very generous community in Carbon and Emery counties. When I worked at the Family Support Center, it didn't take much to get what we needed, both with cash and other donations. As Christmas rolls around, that part of this community always takes itself up a notch.

The amount of kids that are helped by the community angel tree and Sub for Santa programs is staggering. Many donations are given to the food bank this time of year and individuals leave food boxes on the door steps of families they know are in need.

Most donations are wondrous and greatly welcome by the recipients. But there is a small percentage of donations that you have to wonder about. Now I am not saying the intentions are any less noble than any other, but you don't know because they are anonymously dropped off, usually on a weekend.

I had to deal with these kinds of donations almost every week when I worked at the center. We were always asking for good used children's clothes, so many people thought about us when they had items they no longer needed.

The donations that were hard to deal with were when someone left the remains of a garage or yard sale at the center. Many boxes of anything and everything were just left in the doorways. Many of these boxes contained men's and women's clothing and assorted trinkets, toys and household items that the center had no use for. Since the center also didn't have a place to store things they didn't need, they had to get rid of the items quickly.

Usually a staff person or two had to be pulled from their regular task to sort through the stuff, pack it up and haul it to Deseret Industries or elsewhere. The cost in lost time alone made the contribution more costly than it was worth.

The women's shelter, the Sub for Santa program and many other organizations that use donated items have all had similar experiences. These places ask that you call and check, before bringing items to them. If they are needed they can also give you a receipt for your donation at the time you drop them off.

It takes time to match unneeded items with the perfect donation site, but the organizations say thank you for your generosity and effort.

For everyone and anyone who has made a donation anywhere, it is greatly appreciated. I know when I was a struggling single mom; it was the many people in this community that made my life much richer by what you did for me.

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