CVS and Open Door Mission reach donation deal
Posted at: 03/26/2013 5:21 PM
| Updated at: 03/26/2013 6:16 PM
By: Berkeley Brean | WHEC.com
Remember those winter hats and gloves thrown away in a dumpster by CVS? Because of News10NBC's reports, it shouldn't happen again.
News10NBC has learned that CVS has reached a deal to instead donate many of those items that were being thrown away. We have received dozens of comments about this story and it's because of the concerns from our viewers that the company is now doing something different..
Last week, we told CVS employees that they were ordered to throw away items the store no longer sold, which included hats and gloves.
But instead of a landfill, the winter hats and gloves will end up in the Open Door Mission's clothing warehouse. They have bins of winter hats and gloves. The same kind of stuff that was thrown out by CVS last week. After News10NBC exposed this, we learned that CVS contacted the Open Door Mission to set up an arrangement where merchandise CVS doesn't sell could be donated there.
Michael Hennessy, CEO of Open Door Mission, said, “I told him that would be great. We'd love to have some of those items. That we have vans, we can send a van out once a week if necessary and whatever is available we'd be happy to look at and take.”
And it's not just clothing. The deal includes unsold food too.
Hennessy said, “That I would need to use within 30 days which is easy for us because we could use it tomorrow.”
CVS issued a short statement Tuesday saying, "We look forward to working with the Open Door Mission to benefit those in need in the Rochester community."
After we did the stories showing the hats and gloves in the dumpster, we got comments from viewers saying it happens at other businesses. The mission is aware of that too.
Hennessy said, “Now that I realize that it may be going on at a much higher rate than I was thinking, I’m going to make sure that we get some folks together, whether it's volunteers and make some calls.”
Hennessy says if there is stuff being thrown out they the Open Door Mission can use, they want to capitalize on that. He meets face to face with CVS next week. To donate to the mission, click here.
If you see items being thrown out, especially Easter related items in the next couple of weeks, News10NBC wants you to let us know. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.