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Thieves target charity bins outside schools


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The Peoria Unified School District is working with local police agencies to help stop a recent string of thefts at charity collection bins located throughout the district.

The collection bins are found in the parking lots of more than 20 local schools. Peoria Unified schools benefit directly from the collection bins as a result of a partnership with Swift Charities for Children.

Swift Charities takes all of the clothing donated at the bins and turns it into cash that is then distributed to the school. The school earns $0.10 for every pound of gently-used clothing that is donated by the community. This partnership has provided schools with another way to earn some much needed money for their site all while giving back to the community it serves. These thefts have taken money right out of the hands of children and clothes off of the backs of community members in need.

For more information on the collection bins located within the district, visit the district’s website or you may check out Swift Charities for Children here.

The Peoria Unified School District, located in the West Valley, serves more than 36,000 students in 32 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 94 percent high school graduation rate. Peoria Unified prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high AIMS test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs. For more information, visit the district’s website, www.peoriaud.k12.az.us.