Canada 6 donation bins stolen from Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa

06:36  08 december  2017
06:36  08 december  2017 Source:   cbc.ca

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Big Brothers Big Sisters offers a variety of mentoring programs matching volunteers with children and at-risk youth, or "littles." The stolen donations would have contained clothing, toys for an annual Christmas giveaway, kitchen accessories, decorations and more, Dubé said.

Susan Ingram, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa , said their driver alerted the organization to the missing bins while doing his morning pick up rounds. "It's a little disheartening, you have someone stealing from a charity at this time of year," Ingram said.

Susan Ingram, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa, says 6 of the organization's 20 clothing donations bins were stolen in a 24-hour period.© Matthew Kupfer/CBC Susan Ingram, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa, says 6 of the organization's 20 clothing donations bins were stolen in a 24-hour period.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa says six of its clothing donations bins disappeared from five locations Thursday morning.

Susan Ingram, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa, said their driver alerted the organization to the missing bins while doing his morning pick up rounds.

"It's a little disheartening, you have someone stealing from a charity at this time of year," Ingram said.

The boxes were taken from four Catholic schools in Kanata and Manotick, as well as the Royal Canadian Legion branch on Stittsville Main Street. The schools were:

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Charities could be out thousands of dollars after the theft of seven clothing donation bins in Gatineau this week. Big Brothers Big Sisters said at least five of its 30 large bins have disappeared from outside a Metro grocery store on Boulevard Wilfrid-Lavigne, a convenience store on Belmont Street.

- All Saints Catholic High School.

- Georges Vanier Catholic School.

- St. Jerome School.

- St. Francis Xavier Catholic High School.

The size and weight of the boxes raises questions about whether the theft involved a coordinated group, Ingram said.

"They're just almost 1,000 pounds each, they're solid steel. They'd be difficult to move," she said.

"I would say that you probably need more than one person because when we place them we need we need about three or four volunteers to help."

She said each bin costs about $1,200 — not to mention the value of donations that had been left inside since the last pick up on Tuesday.

Bins stolen in Outaouais

Big Brothers Big Sisters Outaouais had five of their bins stolen just over a month ago and St. Vincent de Paul in Gatineau had two bins taken shortly after.

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In the season of giving, a local charity that collects clothing to support youth programs is reeling after six of their donation bins were stolen . The Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa ’s purple drop boxes, used to collect gently used clothing and household items, were taken sometime Wednesday night or

"It does bring to mind is, is this something coordinated? Is this something that's the same offenders? I don't know, maybe it is," Ingram said.

Yvonne Dubé, general director of the Outaouais chapter, said the thefts have left her feeling "sick to my stomach." Her organization has just raised the money to replace the stolen bins.

"I'm worried they're going to disappear again because if the bins in Ottawa are gone that means whoever is doing this is still around," she said. "Whether they're in Ottawa or Gatineau, we're so close."

Dubé said the average bin can collect between $3,000 and $5,000 worth of clothing donations per month.

Dubé said her organization is placing bins more strategically and will be buying GPS units so the bins can be tracked if they're stolen.

Still accepting donations

Back in Ottawa, Ingram said she has filed police reports and is collecting surveillance video to help the police investigation. She's asking anyone who saw suspicious activity at any of the bin sites to come forward.

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Find a convenient bin location near you to donate clothing to Big Brothers Big Sisters of LI. You can drop off a donation or schedule a pick up.

When you donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters , you make an investment in the life of a child. If you're not able to join us for Bowl for Kids' Sake, you can still make an impact by making a donation . Thank you for your support.

The bins weigh about 450 kg and usually require two or three people to move, according to Susan Ingram.© Matthew Kupfer/CBC The bins weigh about 450 kg and usually require two or three people to move, according to Susan Ingram.

She's hoping this will raise awareness of the work of Big Brothers Big Sisters, who offer a variety of mentorship programs matching volunteers with children and at-risk youth.

The organization will continue its partnership with Ottawa Catholic schools and the city, she said, adding there are still 20 bins across the city for people who want to donate.

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