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Not such a needed donation
by Jason Collins
Apr 10, 2013 | 1467 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Hazel McGee, on left, and Lupe Sanchez had to move bags of dumped stuff out from in front of the Vineyard on Monday morning before they could open for the day.  Sanchez said there is a drop slot on the side of the building for donations but that people don’t always use it.
Christina Rowland photo Hazel McGee, on left, and Lupe Sanchez had to move bags of dumped stuff out from in front of the Vineyard on Monday morning before they could open for the day. Sanchez said there is a drop slot on the side of the building for donations but that people don’t always use it.
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An old television. A scattering of broken toys. A car seat that has weathered the sun and the rain.

These aren’t donations that Lupe Sanchez, Beeville Vineyard’s executive director, wants to see when she drives in to work on a Monday morning.

“Most of it was just trash,” she said. “There are some names in that stuff.

“I don’t know whether he owned the home and brought everything here or if it was left over from somebody cleaning up a house.”

Whatever the case, dirty clothes and a broken vacuum cleaner aren’t high on the “need” list of the Vineyard.

In the past, Sanchez has had problems with people tossing old mattresses, couches and assorted trash behind their business.

That has been curtailed as of late, thanks to video cameras strategically placed alongside the building.

“I think there have been two citations issued already,” she said.

Sanchez said that she wants to remind people that they are investigating all of these in an effort to stop people from just tossing their old stuff in the parking lot.

“If it is not in the paper, they think nothing is being done,” she said.

While citations are being issued and much of the dumping deterred, the problem still persists.

Some people have even circumvented the camera system.

“We had one instance where they moved the camera,” she said. “We had one instance where they spray painted it.”

Overall though, the cameras have stopped much of the dumping.

“Now, they are dumping in the front,” Sanchez said. “We have had other instances but not as bad what we had this morning.

“I may have to move one of those cameras from the back to the front.”

There is another problem that arises when people dump televisions, couches and other heavy items — a lack of manpower.

And she specifically means manpower. “I think we still have a TV out there in the front.”

By now, that has been moved, but it just highlights an ongoing problem.

“We never have enough manpower,” she said.

Knowing that, in some cases, people would like to donate after hours, Sanchez said that she also is going to look into adding a large container for drop-offs.

That will help for legitimate donors. But, she still requested people not leave broken or worn-out items that the Vineyard will just have to remove.

Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 121, or at editor@mySouTex.com.
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