By Michael Evans
Hundreds of donation boxes set up in Chengdu to aid victims of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake were left untouched for four years, to the extent that the money actually began to grow mould, according to the Beijing News.
Over 700 boxes were placed around the city by China’s Red Cross, but were apparently forgotten about until June 2012, when China’s most reputable charity announced that a total of 6,116 yuan (US $980) had been collected.
Gathering those donations was likely not a pleasant task. Photos spread online show mold growing among the piles of forgotten paper money, along with advertising leaflets and other trash.
In the wake of the May 2008 earthquake, the Red Cross signed a contract with the Maisheng Investment and Management Co. to set up 3,000 donation boxes throughout Chengdu, the Beijing News reports.
However only 726 boxes were put in place before the project was abandoned after a dispute between the Red Cross and Maisheng. An additional 500 boxes were abandoned in a warehouse, the newspaper reported.