To the Editor:
I read with interest the piece in the Aug. 26 edition of The Hull Times about buying back-to-school items at Wellspring. When I first moved to Hull, I enjoyed shopping at and donating to Wellspring. However, apparently, anything deemed “unsaleable” is thrown into their dumpster. This could include antiques, new toys, shoes, and household goods.
I find it disheartening to take the trouble to bring my items there, only to have them tossed out. There are other places to donate; in fact, there is a donation box at Memorial School for anything that Wellspring decides it cannot use. So why aren’t these items being taken there? In fact, they posted on the Stem-to-Stern page that “if it doesn’t sell at your yard sale, we don’t want it either.” Is this really the attitude they want to present?
I volunteer at Interfaith Social Services in Quincy, and their thrift store will only toss out items that are broken or clothing that is stained or torn. Anything that they cannot sell is donated to another site or given away if not sold within a particular time.
I know Wellspring provides many services, but does it really need to throw out so much? I understand their answer to being questioned is that “other neighbors use this dumpster for trash.” But most items clearly came from their shop.
I think if people realize what is happening with their donations, they may be less likely to donate, and that is certainly not my intention. But I genuinely wish that if they cannot sell items, they send them on to those providing household goods to families in need.