Charity Bag Collections – why we should not avail of them

At the end of December Riverwood Aware sent a text with a link to Charities Regulator’s guide about charity bag collections. They urge people to take steps to ensure that unwanted clothing and other items they intend to donate to charity through house-to-house collections, actually go to registered charities. As leaflets are received we try to verify their authenticity.

The Charity Regulator’s guide includes examples of labels in respect of clothing collections by organisations that are NOT registered charitable organisations. Many of the labels will be quite familiar to residents.

Leaflets and bags received for clothing collections from registered Charities should clearly display the following in respect of the charity:

  1. The charity’s name;
  2. The charity’s logo;
  3. Registered Charity Number and
  4. Contact details for the charity.

Potential donors can ensure an organisation seeking a donation is a registered charity by checking the register online.

We continue to encourage residents to bring unwanted clothing and other items to any of the legitimate locations in the area e.g. Vincent’s Blanchardstown (map is wrong) or bring banks at Tesco Roselawn, Supervalu or Coolmine Recycling Centre.