Poste Italiane is re-gifting abandoned parcels to the needy this Christmas. The Italian postal operator has partnered with charity Caritas to find new homes for undeliverable parcels.
Last year Poste Italiane disposed of 15,000 parcels. These undeliverable items were destroyed, but this year they will find their way to those in need thanks to a partnership with Caritas.
Before Poste Italiane classifies a package as abandoned, it is stored for a period ranging from six to 12 months. Then it is opened and checked to see if there are any clues that can be traced back to the sender or addressee. If the package is still undeliverable, then it’s considered abandoned.
Poste Italiane also has to deal with packages that have been refused by the addressee, which for whatever reason can’t be returned to sender.
Under the new partnership, undeliverable and refused packages will be opened, and any useful items will be forwarded to Caritas’s network of supermarkets for the needy.
At these special supermarkets, families in difficulty can access basic necessities free of charge.
Well done Poste Italiane - a worthy initiative that should help the needy.
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