Mountains of charity bags

tis  Mac Cook with the bags asking for donations which came through his letterbox in 2011.  (120206M3)

tis Mac Cook with the bags asking for donations which came through his letterbox in 2011. (120206M3)

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THESE are just some of the 80 plastic “donation bags” put through the letterbox of one Harrogate home in 2011.

Mac Cook, the Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator for St John’s Drive, began collecting the bags - intended for clothes donations, usually to charities - after receiving complaints from other residents that they were receiving far more than they could ever use.

“It’s a waste of money,” Mr Cook said.

“How many clothes do people think we have?”

He said he gave clothes away to hospice shops whenever possible, but the vast majority of bags went unused.

“We have been inundated with clothes bags - there must be nearly 80,” Mr Cook said.

“The crowning glory was when we received one on Boxing Day.

“We’ve had another two today. It’s crackers.”