Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, along with Councilman Gary Hudes and the entire Town Board, announced the Town Board’s passage of a new law protecting non-profit and charitable organizations that operate collection bins in the Town of Hempstead.
Many non-profit and charitable organizations set up collection bins that take in donations of clothing, toys and other items that ultimately benefit people in need in our local communities. Under the new law, collection bin operators are now required to obtain an identification sticker through Hempstead Town’s Building Department. The sticker will signify it as a town-permitted collection bin for use in connection with charitable purposes.
This legislation prevents profiteering individuals from setting up drop boxes in our communities. Many of these profiteers deceive unsuspecting residents by misrepresenting their bins as collection boxes for worthy philanthropic endeavors. These “for profit” groups resell many of the items and convey only a small fraction of the proceeds to charitable causes.
“Our hard-working charitable organizations and kind-hearted residents deserve protection from those who prey on the generosity of our neighbors,” Murray said. “This law will ensure that items donated in collection bins will go toward worthy endeavors.”
“The law will also mandate that the benefiting organization or entity be clearly identified on the bin, along with a phone number and address,” Hudes pointed out. “I strongly suggest that residents only donate to organizations who have drop boxes with a Town of Hempstead permit. It’s your assurance that your donation goes to truly worthy causes.”
“With this legislation, we are protecting the groups, organizations and individuals who go out of their way to help people in need,” Murray said. “We want to make sure their fine efforts are not negatively impacted by the deceptive practices of others.”