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Clothing Donation Bins – Who is Profiting From Your Generosity?

September 4th, 2014 – The Developmental Disabilities Association (DDA) may be known more for its clothing donation collections than the services DDA provides to about 2,000 vulnerable

children and adults each year. The Association has been collecting donations of used clothing and small household items in the Lower Mainland for 35 years. With for-profit companies aggressively pursuing these donations over the past few years, however, DDA and other charities that fundraise by recycling used goods have had to struggle to earn extra dollars for their community social and health programs.

Until now. On August 27, 2014, the Competition Bureau of Canada issued a press release warning consumers to be aware of signs on clothing donation bins that may give the false impression that all proceeds go directly to charity when, in fact, they support a for-profit business. The Competition Bureau addressed concerns about these companies under the misleading advertising and deceptive marketing provisions of the Competition Act as donors may have been left with the false impression that their used clothing was going directly to charity when this was not the case.

About the Developmental Disabilities Association
The Developmental Disabilities Association is an accredited non-profit society that provides over 50 community based programs and services to children, adults and families with developmental disabilities in Vancouver and Richmond. Over 1,600 individuals and families in the Vancouver and Richmond area are supported by the Developmental Disabilities Association every year. For more information on our programs and services, visit www.develop.bc.ca.
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For more information:
Tanya Cheung
Communications & Marketing Manager
Email: tcheung@develop.bc.ca
T: 604-233-5407

Press Release in PDF