Woman found dead in Toronto clothing donation box

Frederick Owens
January 9, 2019

Last week, the District of West Vancouver said donation bins in the area would be temporarily closed following the December 30 death of a 34-year-old man who became trapped partially inside one, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

A woman who died after being found without vital signs partially inside a Toronto clothing donation bin was remembered by friends as a bubbly person who struggled with homelessness and addiction.

Paramedics performed CPR but she was pronounced dead at the scene, Toronto EMS said.

Residents living in the area told Canadian TV station CP24that it is not unusual for women from local homeless shelters to attempt to grab things from the charity donation bins.

On New Year's Eve, a 34-year-old man was discovered lodged in a clothing bin in West Vancouver by an off-duty doctor.

The incident led to Inclusion BC deciding to remove its 146 bins placed in Greater Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Sunshine Coast, the Interior, and Vancouver Island.

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With files from the Canadian Press.

Taheri said they could decrease the size of the bin openings, but they would have to ensure it's not too small that a bag of clothes wouldn't fit.

"We don't want to take them and destroy them".

"Although death or injury related to the misuse of clothing donation bins is not common, we feel that if there is an opportunity to prevent this type of tragic incident, we must make every effort to find a solution", the company said in a statement.

At least one charity said it's actively working to retrofit its donation bins to address the problem. His death prompted the District of West Vancouver to seal donation bins and investigate safer options. He said the locks would have to be robust, however, so they couldn't be opened with a crow bar.

In November, they held a competition and selected a winning design fourth-year engineering students will use to create a fully functioning prototype. "There should be a standard for these bins".

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