Here are the winners from the stories submitted for the worst in-kind donation contest (related post: What is an in-kind donation). You may have your own personal favorites, all submissions can be read here, please feel free to add more. Thanks to everyone that submitted their stories!
The most common in-kind donation
Shoes of all sorts; soccer shoes, running shoes, flip flops, etc… (see post for why this might not be a good donation)
The most ridiculous in-kind donation
Knickers for Africa and bras for Haiti – recent requests were made for donations of both of these items recently by two different organizations
The grossest in-kind donation
Used soap from hotels are collected and sent to Uganda
Worst in-kind donation as a tax write-off
Skeleton shaped suckers leftover from Halloween sent to survivors of Hurricane Mitch
Worst in-kind donation as a political stunt
Spam (spiced ham) hand delivered by a US Senator to Muslims after the tsunami (this donation was also a contestant for the next category)
Most offensive in-kind donation
The offer of what was perceived as dog food to Kenya to help with their food crisis –
In-kind donation that wasted the most recipient time
This was a toss-up between a broken computer that the recipient organization spent years trying to fix or the 15 pallets of random medicine sent after Hurricane Mitch. Critical time was wasted sorting through the medicine and throwing 3/4 of it away.
Most dangerous in-kind donation
Baby formula donated after Hurricane Mitch – if mixed with contaminated water could kill a baby from diarrhea within 24 hours.
What is an in-kind donation?
6 questions you should ask before donating goods overseas
Sending sports equipment to needy children seems like a good idea, but is it…
The most useful in-kind donations
Donating shoes and other aid fads
Why do we so often give aid in ways that does not support the local economy?