Thursday, 21 Oct 2021

Charity slams ‘awful’ parents who donated vomit-covered baby clothes to shop

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A children's charity has slammed "awful" parents who donated vomit-covered baby clothes to a shop.

The pink vest was "unwashed and full of muck" and "smelt awful", prompting the charity to urge people to check items they are donating.

Wood Street Mission, in Manchester, said 90% of the contents of the bag had to be binned, the Manchester Evening News reports.

The charity wrote on Facebook: "One of our volunteers has just pulled this from a bag of items of which 90% had to be binned.

"Why would you think it's OK to send this to a charity? A charity that collected it from your door. A charity that then had to sort through it.

"A charity that has to arrange for it now to be disposed of. The smell was awful.

"Please wash items before you send them to us or any charity. We’re grateful for donations we really are, but the children we support have the right to clean clothes just as you do."

Wood Street Mission manager Des Lynch said they decided to share the post because more than 40% of donated goods are "unusable".

He said: "We do not sell any items donated, we redistribute donated items to those children referred to us from families that are struggling throughout Manchester and Salford.

"There are an estimated 76,000 children living in poverty throughout the two cities. We ask donors to think before they donate items to us.

"Would you be happy to see your child or grandchild wearing the clothing that you are about to donate?

"If so, we would be happy to receive it. If not, then please don’t give it to us, as we are unable to launder or repair any items.

"The families referred to us are already struggling, we aim always to treat those families with dignity and respect.

"By donating dirty, stained clothing or items that require repairing, you are actually costing us time, money and resources."

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