Off the Cobb: All clothing bins are not created equal

For the past 12 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nodaway County has been serving the needs of children facing adversity by providing them with “professionally supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.”

One of the main ways in which BBBS raises funds to support what has grown to be about 70 “matches” is by collecting used clothing donations in clearly marked BLUE bins throughout Nodaway County, with multiple locations in Maryville. 

The funds the group collects from recycling these donations is vital to the continued success of what I have long believed to be about the best thing going among charitable efforts in Nodaway County. The immediate and long-term positive results for the group’s “littles” is unmistakable.

I encourage you to visit bbbsnodaway.org or call 660-562-7981 to find out more about the enormous impact this group continues to make in the lives of many Nodaway Countians.

In 2011, several YELLOW bins popped up from an organization called Planet Aid. At the time, this newspaper researched the group and found that its dealings were at the very least questionable and most likely criminal.

I’m not going to go into detail about that here, I’ll just encourage you to do your own online search of the group and find for yourself that its “charitable efforts” aren’t what they might be represented to be.

By educating those business owners who had allowed the Planet Aid bins back then, all of the YELLOW bins soon disappeared.

Within the past few weeks, I’ve noticed that these YELLOW bins are back. 

If you’re one of the businesses that has allowed them onto your property, I simply ask you to call whoever your contact is and have them come pick them up.

If you’re donating clothes or other items, I just ask you to be mindful of who and what you are supporting — choose the BLUE bins when making your clothing donations.

The impact you make by donating to BBBS is real and long-lasting.

Phil Cobb is the owner and publisher of The Maryville Forum and The Post.