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IT'S NICE TO HELP NEEDY, BUT DON'T DONATE TRASH

It was heartwarming to read of the young benefactor who regularly donates 500 pounds of potatoes to Friends of Night People. He is 11 years old and collects a lot of empty cans and bottles to pay for the potatoes, and he makes these donations a couple of times a year.

There are many who make generous donations of their time, as well as various items needed by the less fortunate. But, as a volunteer helper at Friends of Night People, I am sorry to report a discouraging fact. We often find useless items among donated gifts - dirty and torn clothing, leaky shoes, broken toys and outdated cans and boxes of food.

How about imagining ourselves as the recipients, and thinking, would I welcome this jacket or food or toy? We can sort our castoffs into "discard" and "donate" piles. Then we'll be contributing to the dignity of needy people, as well as to their physical well-being. It's just a thought for this season of generosity and thankfulness.

BARBARA HERRICK

Buffalo

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