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Friday, December 30, 2005

Flawed donations from US returned

HEFEI, Dec. 29 (Xinhuanetnet) -- A batch of flawed donations from the United States-based charity organization LDS foundations were returned by east China's Anhui province on Thursday morning, the provincial charity association said.

(A worker shows a piece of medical equipment which expired on July, 1998 the batch of flawed donations from the United States-based charity organization LDS foundations in east China's Anhui province Thursday, December 29, 2005. Photo: Xinhua)

donations were sent to the provincial capital Hefei in early November. But some expired medicines, second-hand medical and rehabilitation facilities and stained clothes and beddings were found among the donations.

used articles are packed in four containers and worth aboutfour million yuan (490,000 US dollars).

foundations made an official apology on Dec.14 and promisedto shoulder all the expenses caused by returning the donations to the U.S.The freight is estimated at 6,000 US dollars.

batch of donations, believed to be brand-new, were planned to be handed out to four orphanages in Anhui province. LDS is still unclear about why the flawed articles are found among them.

foundations have a long-time partnership with China Charity Federation and they vowed to grant the equivalent cash money to Anhui province after taking the flawed articles back

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