Arsonist destroys donation bin with 1,500 lbs. of clothes and goods

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An arsonist destroyed a donation bin containing 1,500 lbs. of clothing and household goods, St. Vincent De Paul says.

The fire happened at the St. Vincent De Paul thrift store in Lincoln Park. Police have determined the fire was caused by arson. St Vincent de Paul staff saw the burnt and destroyed bins when they came to open for business Monday.

"The St Vincent de Paul family is feeling blessed that nobody was hurt and that the store did not catch on fire," said spokesperson Michelle St. Pierre in a news release. "However, we estimate several thousand dollars of donated goods along with the bins were destroyed and we're asking the public to help us in restoring the lost items."

If you'd like to make a donation to St. Vincent De Paul, you can make a monetary donation at A list of stores and donation centers can also be found there.