Problem with People's City Mission Toss Boxes

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - There's a problem at People's City Mission Toss Boxes and Pastor Tom wants you to know they aren't trash cans.

They've been here for about five years as a way for people to easily donate shoes, clothes and small household items.

Volunteers with the mission go to all 12 sites every day to clear them out. But, according to Pastor Tom, the Toss Boxes have become overrun with garbage and items that are too big to easily take from the area.

"We'll get a couch in a truck that wasn't really designed to hold something like that," he said.

He also told 1011 the People's City Mission's garbage bill has jumped from $700 to $7,000 a month.

Unfortunately, couches aren't the Mission's only problem. According to Pastor Tom, people are also dropping off garbage into the bins. Trash that they then have to get rid of themselves.

There isn't anything he can say to the people dropping off literal trash other than "please stop" but there is a suggestion to the people dropping off couches, tables and chairs.

"Bring it to the Help Center. Don't let it get ruined in the rain." This, according to Pastor Tom, will help perfectly find furniture from getting ruined in the weather and save them money in the long-run.

"We just want to continue to do good and keep giving stuff to people who need it."

The Help Center is Located on 68th and O Street. It's open for the public Monday through Friday from 7-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-4:00 p.m.