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Donation drop box thefts, vandalism hurt Canadian Diabetes Association

If vandals and thieves continue to target donation drop boxes in Grande Prairie, it will hurt the Canadian Diabetes Association. Over the past six months, each of the organization’s 13 boxes in the Swan City have either been vandalized or had clothing stolen or damaged. Regional Director Dan Wozny says the impact is two-fold.

“Obviously with the damage to the boxes we’ll need to spend money to get those repaired and refurbished so that they are presentable when we’re placing them out in public areas, and then secondly the donations that we rely on from those bins goes to funding for the Canadian Diabetes Association.”

The sale of donated items helps fund research, kids camps, and school programs. Wozny says more than 10 million Canadians are affected by diabetes, meaning these criminals are hurting a lot of people.

He adds that there are programs out there for people desperate enough to steal from the non-profit. If you notice any suspicious activity around a drop-box, contact RCMP.

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