Investigating charity’s donations

Anderson Cooper 360

Standing amid pallets of bottled water, suntan lotion and boxes of candies, Roy Tidwell says he is providing a service that can’t be duplicated: shipping needed goods to dozens of charities at a low cost.

“Well, my portion of it is getting goods to help people who are suffering, goods that I can deliver for pennies on the dollar,” he said. “And most places that get them are very appreciative.”

Tidwell runs Charity Services International, which he says has 50 clients, all charities, including the Disabled Veterans National Foundation and SPCA International.

His business is in the middle of a debate over how charities put a monetary value on the items they donate.

In one instance, the Disabled Veterans National Foundation, using Tidwell’s organization as a broker, shipped what it claimed were more than $800,000 worth of goods including chef’s coats, hats and football pants to a small charity called…

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