Overflowing Hannah Homes drop-box sites are to be cleaned up today, according to an America’s Thrift Stores representative.

On Monday, Athens City Councilman Harold Wales and Public Works Director James Rich voiced concerns about the drop boxes in a council work session.

“Last week I attended a Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful meeting and they wanted me to bring this matter to the council,” said Wales. “The boxes across from Sears on U.S. 72 are especially bad. There are clothes, chairs, everything thrown all over.”

America’s Thrift Stores are an arm of Hannah Homes, The King’s Ranch and Hannah-Bethany Home. There are two Hannah Homes in Alabama, one in Tuscaloosa County and one in St. Clair County, according to a Web site.

The Chelsea, Ala., based Hannah Homes are a Christian based organization that has provided long-term shelters for women and women with children who are fleeing domestic violence for more than 23 years, according. The homes provide transportation, on-campus childcare, parenting classes, counseling and job training.

Public Works Director James Rich said the city has complained to the organization before about the overflowing drop boxes.

“They will pick them up for two week and then go right back to the way they were,” said Rich. “We’re looking to put something on the books about them.”

On Tuesday, the U.S. 72 boxes had accumulated a large pile of items, which contained a futon with mattress, brass lamps, dishes, clothing, suitcase, a jar of assorted nails, a plastic storage box full of unidentifiable rusted metal pieces, ballpoint pens and electronic components, an Easy Bake oven, a cracked light-up picture, portable sewing machine, vacuum sweeper and a book titled, “The Only Math Book You’ll Every Need.”

No one seemed to need the book, but a passerby was taking a serious look at the futon.

Boxes in an abandoned parking lot at Interstate 565 and County Line Road have overflowed, with a chair and other furniture and clothing strewn across a large portion of the lot.

Prince McCord, assistant manager of the Midfield America’s Thrift Store, said his store took charge of maintaining the Athens drop boxes just Monday.

“The Jasper store that was in charge of them just gave them to us because they lost a driver,” said McCord. “We have guys running routes to Huntsville every day and we told them to go by Athens first, find the boxes, clean them up and keep them clean.”

McCord said there are about six Hannah Homes boxes in Athens. “I would have sent them today (Tuesday), but they called too late,” said McCord.

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