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Editorial: Local charity's unneeded battle

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opinion Worthington, 56187
Daily Globe
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Worthington Minnesota 300 11th Street / P.O. Box 639 56187

For 10 years, Worthington's Bibles for Missions Thrift Center has contributed annual proceeds of up to more than $100,000 toward the purchase of bibles for Kenya. The charitable effort has consistently been a popular stop downtown for people in search of a variety of secondhand items -- and, unfortunately, it's also been a place for folks simply seeking to trash whatever they no longer want.

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Wally Scholten, a regular presence at Bibles for Missions, said the store has been beset for years with problems caused by people who simply don't follow the rules.

In October 2007, an editorial appeared in this space highlighting the store's hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays) and Scholten's request for the public to only drop off items for donation during those times. It had become apparent that ransacking was commonly taking place during off-hours, resulting in substantial (and silly) messes for the store's limited staff to deal with.

Recently, Scholten stopped by the Daily Globe to report Bibles for Missions is now being forced to dispose of such items as non-working refrigerators, televisions and stoves -- items the charity doesn't accept in the first place. Removal of those items is coming at cost to the charity.

To those interfering with the Bibles for Missions efforts: enough.

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