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Local Clothing Donation Bins Attract Some Cute and Not-So-Cute Surprises Over the Weekend

Charity Worker Collecting From Couple In Street
Apparently those clothing donation bins around town can lead to some strange surprises.

Yet one of those incidents will leave people shaking their heads: two men in Shelton, CT, were arrested over the weekend for allegedly stealing donated clothing from a charity bin.

According to police, Joaquin Gonzales and Mardo Pineda drove up in their van to the Kiducation donation bin, located at 898 Bridgeport Avenue in Shelton, and began loading the local clothing donations into the back of the vehicle.

The incident occurred on the night of Saturday, April 11. Police became involved when a witness contacted them around 8 p.m. that evening.

The officers arrived at the scene to find the van stuffed with clothing.

Gonzales, 39, and Pineda, 23, are both New York state residents. They allegedly have nothing to do with the charity.

Gonzales, the driver, did not have a valid driver’s license or an insurance card for his van. He was arrested on charges of sixth-degree larceny, driving without insurance and driving without a license.

Pineda was also charged with sixth-degree larceny.

Both men were released from jail but are due in court on April 27.

Police say that this isn’t the first such crime in the area. Over the past few months, several other local donation bins have been robbed.

Yet this incident wasn’t the only recent strange occurrence around these clothing donation boxes.

In Pennsylvania, a cardboard box was found next to another clothing donation bin, and it turned out to contain a very cute surprise — baby foxes.

A local woman found the box and turned the foxes over to the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center in Stroudsburg, PA. The five boys (or dogs) and two girls (or vixens) are currently being nursed back to health.

The babies were just 10 days old and only weighed around six ounces each. All were dehydrated but otherwise in good health.

Workers at the center gave the foxes rabies vaccinations and fed them Pedialyte fluids and fox milk, according to the center’s director Katherine Uhler.

The foxes are so young that they aren’t even red yet but brown, with only small white tails.

No crime is suspected in the incident involving the foxes, but the kindness of the people who nursed the animals back to health, and the good Samaritan who found them near the donation bin, goes a little ways in restoring faith in humanity.

The overall cost to nurse the fox cubs back to health and care for them in the coming months is about $1,000. The center plans to release them into the wild in July.

Northeastern University Fashion Event Collects Money and Clothes for Charity

some of the money
On February 12, Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. hosted a runway fashion show organized by the Student Alumni Association (SAA) as part its Fashion in Action program. The show wasn’t your typical fashion event.

The Huntington News reports that the fashion show did not flaunt the latest trends, but rather showcases donated items from the student body refashioned into stylish, like-new clothing.

“Over the past two months, the Northeastern and Boston communities have been asked to clean out their closets and donate gently-used or no longer wanted clothes,” said Dayna Altman, a senior human services and psychology major. Altman is the vice president of community service at SAA as well as the organizer of Fashion in Action.

Altman and other members of Fashion in Action then sorted out all the donations to make outfits for the show. After the show, the clothing was donated to local non-profits serving survivors of domestic violence such as Casas Myrna, Penelope’s Place, and RESPOND.

In addition to the fashion show, the event included an a cappella group, a comedy improv group, and a spoken-word poetry artist.

“In order to make the show as interesting and captivating as possible, I thought we could intersperse the modeled looks with performances,” Altman said.

The clothing wasn’t the only thing Fashion in Action was able to collect. The event also included a $5 requested admissions fee, the proceeds of which were donated to The Joyful Heart Foundation. The Joyful Heart Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to working with victims of domestic and sexual violence.

The event was inspired by Altman’s experiences in volunteering for The Joyful Heart Foundation. She was shocked to meet women who quite literally only had the clothing they had on them when they came to the organization.

“I was thinking about ways in which I could spread the message of domestic violence and sexual assault in a creative way that people would want to be a part of,” she said. She went on to claim that a clothing drive that did not tie into the issues of domestic violence would have felt “incomplete.”

“I think there is a lot to be said about feeling good in your own skin, and giving women the clothing and tools to help them feel good in theirs is really important to me,” she said.