Don’t get suckered by the Planet Aid boxes around town


The holidays are a time for giving, just watch out what you give for.

After two yellow Planet Aid bins at Acme started attracting trash this summer, they were taken away. But boxes remain at Walmart, Lowe’s, and BP station along South Delaware Ave, and at 5th and Mifflin, and 5th and Morris. If the litter they attract doesn’t deter you, then maybe this will.

Thanks to a report from Metropolis, which is kind of old but we’re glad we stumbled upon it now, we know that the donations in the Planet Aid boxes are actually sold overseas. That means the clothes you think are going to needy people in the area are actually being sold to people in Africa for a profit.

And here’s a bizarre twist:

USAgain and Planet Aid have been linked to a mysterious Danish group, known variously as the Teachers Group and Tvind. The Danish group has been the subject of investigations and prosecution by the Danish government, which alleges it is a multimillion dollar international business masquerading as a humanitarian organization.

Click the link above for an interesting read. It’ll get you in the mood to do something about this scam. For one, bring your old stuff to Goodwill. They hire local, spend local and distribute local, plus you can get a receipt to write off on your taxes. And two, tell Planet Aid we don’t want their stinking boxes by emailing them at
Happy giving!

3 thoughts on “Don’t get suckered by the Planet Aid boxes around town

  • December 21, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Or give your old stuff to Philly AIDS Thrift- a local charity organization- with a long history of doing good right here in the neighborhood.

  • December 22, 2012 at 3:20 am

    It’s all true, I worked for a subcontractor of Planet Aid and my job was to go through all of the bin donations for designer or desirable clothing, and collectibles. Then list them on eBay with profits going to the manager of that particular Planet Aid sorting location. (In hindsight, it was probably a secret as the eBay name didn’t mention planet aid at all, it was the managers personal acct). The rest of the clothes got baled into huge cargo bins and shipped to Africa, Asia, South America etc. the owner got paid by the contacts in these countries per pound. Nothing donated stays to help people locally or in the US. Goodwill isn’t the greatest either, their managers and CEO’s draw huge salaries (they run their own eBay-style auction site) and have been investigated for practices outside of a “non-profit”. Philly Aids Thrift and St Vincent DePaul are the best local places to donate to.

  • December 26, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Wow! thanks for the info

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