Stealing from the needy

Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 11:25 AM.

Dear Editor:

Recently my wife and I went through all our clothing and decided to contribute our unneeded excess clothing to The Care Closet on Fourth Street in Port St. Joe.  My wife delivered our contribution to the bin in front of the Care Closet building on Sunday afternoon at approximately 2:30 p.m.  We knew the Care Closet folks would receive and sort our clothing in the next day or two.  We didn’t expect that someone would steal that clothing the same afternoon and pass them off to someone who would start posting pictures of them for sale on a Facebook Yard Sale web site that very night and the next day.

Fortunately, our daughter spotted them online and advised us on Monday afternoon. That evening, we contacted the Port St. Joe Police, and the investigating officer was able to retrieve the stolen property that very evening, explaining that the person who posted the items for sale advised that she was not aware that the property was stolen and gladly gave them up.

What we have learned from this experience is that nothing is sacred to some people who are even willing to steal items intended for the truly needy. Secondly, we will deliver any future contributions in person to representatives of the chosen charity to make sure they are received and not stolen. Other charitable organizations have had similar problems, including the Faith’s Thrift Shop at the Human Society here in town, and Goodwill.

So, let’s all continue to contribute needed goods to these fine charities, but let’s do it as outlined above so they reach the right people.

Dan & Barb Van Treese

Port St. Joe

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