Have you ever thought about the consequences of what you donate to charity? The common presumption is that all charity is “good” charity, and that there will always be someone who can use items that you would otherwise discard, regardless of their condition or original purpose.
But as Charles Kenny explains in his article in Foreign Policy magazine:
Here’s the trouble with dumping stuff we don’t want on people in need: What they need is rarely the stuff we don’t want. And even when they do need that kind of stuff, there are much better ways for them to get it than for a Western NGO to gather donations at a suburban warehouse, ship everything off to Africa or South America, and then try to distribute it to remote areas.