Donations of a $1 dollar for UCAN should be just that! Not at the local Dollar Tree though.
As people are strolling through the check out they are asked to DONATE ONE DOLLAR to UCAN. If the shopper says yes, then the checker reaches over and scans a product, today it was oatmeal, and sticks it in a box.
When asked if the oatmeal is what’s being donating the checker said "yes."
Umpqua Community Action Network (UCAN) helps thousands of people every year. They help lower income families with utility bills, housing, food, the local Head Start program, and various other NON-PROFIT projects.
For the local Dollar Tree to ask for a ONE DOLLAR donation and then scan a product at regular price, stick it in the box to take to UCAN as a donation from them (possibly claiming a TAX WRITE OFF), is wrong.
The Dollar Tree is making money off of people’s generosity this time of year. Customers thinking they are actually donating ONE DOLLAR is actually donating a product they just purchased at full retail price and giving it back to the store-unknowingly.
There must me something wrong with the method.
I go to stores all the time and for instance the adult store in Rice Hill has products that a percentage goes to Breast Cancer awareness, the local National Guard a few weeks back stood outside Priceless Foods in Sutherlin and handed individuals a slip of paper with food items on it for the local food pantries, many non-profit organizations have little pieces of paper that individuals buy to donate a $1 dollar sold at stores and bars locally, even the Salvation Amry ahs the volunteers who stand outside all day ringing the bell for donations--HOWEVER, NO ONE IS PROFITING INTENTIONALLY from the generosity of people for the needy.
I was very upset when I went into the Dollar Tree and found this out (12/18/2010 12:18 p.m.). How much do they claim on their taxes as a write off to NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONs? Good Question.... How many other stores and businesses do this kind of deceitful thing? Is it just a local store or the whole chain...How many people actually understand that they are paying money to a FOR PROFIT STORE for them to make money on the "DONATION"?
As a concerned individual, I am writing this because it needs to be known to shoppers that they are buying a specific product--NOT DONATING a $1 dollar, but because people in such a hurry this time of year and fumbling for their money and have so many things on their minds they don’t realize the dollar tree is making lots of money off the sales of their items then donating them to the local organization verses just donating the dollar that they asked for in the beginning.... Deceitful and lies are horrible and someone should do a story on this...
I wonder if UCAN gives them a tax write off reciept when they donate the product...hmmmm