Not All Donation Bins Help Local Charities

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- When you donate shoes and clothing for charity, do you know where your donations end up?

The blue donations bins pictured here says they're owned by Childhood Disease Research Foundation. After doing a little digging, we found out that the donations going into these bins don't necessarily help local charities.

What happens is crews come by and take what's in the bins to a collection center outside of our community where it's sold to raise money for other causes.

Michael DelBiondo, who works with the Mercy House in Harrisonburg, said donations that stay local and come in from the community help local folks through organizations like his.

"Every donation is very valuable to the Mercy House. We take those donations in and we resell them to the community. It's very generous and we, in turn, support the homeless shelter here every day," shared DelBiondo.

If you want to keep your donations within the community and help your neighbors, you may want to do some research before you fill up those bins. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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