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Proposed Ordinance Allows You To Know Where Your Donations Go

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GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. -

When it comes to donating, Kenny Pickett has boxes to give away.

"I have four kids," said Pickett. "I donate as much as I can, try to get it out of my house."

He says he wants his clothes to go to a good cause. But local charities warn you need to read the fine print and do your research. That's because every drop-off doesn't belong to a charitable group.

"Most of them don't know that there are for-profit companies just making a lot of money off of salvage sales," said Brad Majors with Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands.

Goodwill Industries of the Upstate/Midlands and Miracle Hill Ministries say some donation boxes can fool you. That's because you donate your belongings thinking they benefit an Upstate charity. And they don't. Local groups say those donations bypass them and impact local services.

"What we do funds job search, job training programs for people in the 16 counties we operate in," said Majors.

Now Greenville County is getting involved. Councilman Fred Payne has created an ordinance that would require donation boxes to clearly show if they are for-profit or not. Signs on the donation boxes would also be required to show a company name and physical address.

Payne says clear signs will give you the choice of where you want your donations to go.

"It's either to help a for-profit make money or to help a not-for-profit maybe make some money, but also help people in the community," said Payne.

The ordinance will go before full Greenville County Council Tuesday night. If passed, Code Enforcement officers can ticket boxes not in compliance.

An organization would then have a set time to comply or they will have to remove the donation box.

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