Door-to-Door Charity Clothes Collections – A Scam?
They say that charity begins at home… Well there are a few “charities” that have their eyes set on my home, that’s for sure!
Every day I’m being bombarded by leaflets and stickers from so-called charities seeking donations of clothes. These leaflets are usually dropped through the letterbox during the night, so I’ve yet to actually meet any of these kind-hearted samaritans face-to-face and quiz them on their charitable endeavours. ‘Junkmail’ like this has been a bugbear of mine for some time, but I hadn’t quite realised how serious and rampant a social issue it is until a solemn news report regarding same on last night’s 9pm news.
Did you know that the vast majority of these nocturnal paper-pushers are NOT charities – they are commercial rag merchants hoping to take advantage of your goodwill! Indeed this problem has become so prevalent that the Irish Charity Shops Association has drawn up a set of guidelines to help you identify whether a door-to-door collector is a legitimate charity or not.
Observe the ISCA ‘coat-hanger’ logo on the left
If you receive a leaflet or sticker through your door and you want to establish whether it is from a genuine charity shop, you need to examine the following:
- Does it contain the Irish Charity Shops Association coat-hanger logo (see above)?
- Does it have a CHY number? (CHY followed by 5 digits). You can check the Revenue Commissioner’s website for a full list of registered charities.
- Does is contain a land-line telephone number and an address?
Remember, if in doubt, throw it out!