Donations stolen from Ashland charity

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ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) - The Dressing Room in Ashland is cleaning up after donations have been rummaged through and stolen from where they’re dropped off.

Libby Bevins knows the impact a piece of clothing can make in a person's life.

"This place was a godsend to me when I needed help,” she said.

She volunteers five days a week at The Dressing Room, sorting through clothing and goods for those in need.

"It just gives me peace of mind,” she said.

But recently, her time is more focused on cleaning up messes caused by people going through donations.

"There’s so many good things that are getting destroyed,” Bevins said.

Workers say it's OK for those in need to take necessary items from donations, but ask that everything be put back so that other items don't aren't damaged.

"Kind of sad cause all they have to do is come around the building and we'll give them anything they need,” said Tammy McIntyre, director of The Dressing Room.

And in some cases, donations are being taken by people who are dropping off items.

"They just take what they want and then throw it aside,” she said.

But employees are optimistic about the situation.

Thanks to neighbors and local businesses, they’re getting a secure donation box.

"We are so blessed by our community,” said Todd Young, director of The Neighborhood.

Until then, Libby hopes that people can learn to respect their neighbor.

"If they only knew what we did on a daily basis I think they would maybe stop tearing things out, or appreciate it a lot more,” she said.

Donations can be dropped off at The Dressing Room from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Donations can also be made by calling ahead for a scheduled drop-off at a different time.

They expect to receive their new donation box by the end of the month.



 
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