This is in reference to the June 13 Action Line by Mike Smedley.
I am one of the volunteers who sorts bags of donations at the Humane Society Thrift Store. I ask Smedley not to tell anyone not to give us their donations because they think they are not good enough. We have one bag-lined garbage can just for T-shirts and towels that are not saleable. Painters and mechanics buy the bags of rags and pay by the pound.
We have another bag-lined can where we put items that are not as clean as we like. This includes warm boots, gloves and hats. The items in these bags are free, and we place the bags in an area known by many people from all over the county, and even from Mexico. Some folks need clothes and are happy to get them free.
When we sort donations, they are divided into winter clothes, summer clothes, electrical items, linens and blankets, toys and kitchen items. All underwear and swimsuits are washed in our washing machine before being tagged and getting into the store.
On many occasions, I have taken items that needed a little mending or washing home to make them more saleable therefore to make a little more money for the thrift shop. This, in turn, feeds many dogs and cats. We also sell lots of furniture, which helps our college kids get a decent place to live.
We are lucky to have so many donated items and we work every day (even Sundays) to sell them for the benefit of the Humane Society. Come to our store near Walmart and see how many lovely things we have for sale.
Laurel Hall, Durango