Pink donation bags create confusion between nonprofit organizations

Pink donation bags create confusion between nonprofit organizations

(WMC-TV) - Lots of people around Memphis found donations bags on their mailbox this week and wanted to help. But before you fill up these bags you may want to know where they're going.

Craig Locke is the Development Director for Hope House, a non-profit organization in Memphis serving families and children impacted by HIV.

"This was foreign to us and we were a little confused when we first got the phone calls," said Locke.

Locke reached out to Action News 5 for help after pink bags began showing up on mailboxes throughout Memphis.

"It's the name I think that is confusing people," he said.

A domestic violence nonprofit out of Atlanta with the same name is distributing the bags asking for clothing and other items.

Bright pink bags line the streets of this Cordova subdivision and although the bags clearly state "clothing pick-up ATL" -  Locke said they've still been getting tons of calls in Memphis.

"We've noticed that the calls have been moving West. Increasing and starting in Collierville, Germantown, and now East Memphis," said Locke.

Action News 5 called the Georgia organization multiple times to ask why they decided to collect in Memphis.

A callback was never received.

Locke says the Memphis Hope House gladly accepts donations.

"We have a wishlist on our website that spells out the things that we need," he said.

But he wants to clear up any confusion for people waiting to donate to the other organization.

"As far as someone from our staff coming to pick up pink bags, that's not happening," he said.

If you would like to donate to the Hope House here in Memphis please click here.

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