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Thefts, dumping continue to plague service center

_N-NKSC-dump1Despite security cameras and surrounding fencing installed to stop people from dumping garbage items and stealing donated items, the North Kent Service Center, 10075 Northland Drive, continues to use precious dollars and staff time cleaning up items left. According to John Leale, warehouse manager at the center, 99 percent of the items dumped at the center on the weekends are trash. Security cameras are in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but have not proven a deterrent to the behavior.

Director Sandy Waite said there are plenty of open hours, but people continue to show up on weekends when the center is closed. They leave items and pick through donated items to take things they like. The center is open for business 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and is open for donations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the last Saturday of every month—with the exception of December—and is always closed on Sundays. If it rains or items get wet, even nice donations are ruined.

“We do get many generous donations, but if they are wet and could mildew, we can’t bring them into the building. We have food in here and have no facility for drying them out,” she explained. Waite said the staff spends 45 minutes every Monday removing items left while the center is closed on Saturday or Sunday.

Waite said she pulled into the center recently and found a woman packing items into her vehicle. “You aren’t taking that are you?” she said she asked the woman, who said she was. Waite told her that was stealing and the woman said a person who had just dropped the items said the center throws things out anyway so she might as well take what she wanted. “I told her that wasn’t true,” said Waite.

The need at NKSC is great, and they are serving more families than ever before. On Thanksgiving they provided food baskets for 246 families totaling 1,347 individuals. In the holiday season, both Thanksgiving and Christmas, the center provided food baskets for 5,136 individuals.

The center helps residents in need year around and relies heavily on donations. Nearly 2,000 children are signed up for Toys for Tots scheduled for Saturday, December 19 at Our Lady of Consolation Church.

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One Response to “Thefts, dumping continue to plague service center”

  1. What says:

    Stop dumping garbage! Why would it be stealing if you say it was garbage. I see clothes and furniture in this picture.. I think if someone is looking in your garbage they must need it and would not be there if they had the money to go buy gloves hats socks etc. When I have dropped items off there and I never thought “I hope the person who needs these items comes during regular business hours!! I think hey “I hope someone would use or be happy to get these things. NKCS this is not…




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