Q Should charities sell donated clothes to raise funds? I was quite surprised to read about the Salvation Army's concern over dwindling donations of clothes. When I took my old clothes to their office, their staff refused to accept them. I had to take another taxi to take my bags of clothes home. That was the last time I will attempt to give my clothes to the Salvation Army. I am now giving my used clothes to other charities. I am even willing to give them to freeloaders. At least they appreciate my donations. Name and address supplied I was interested to read your article outlining the drying up of second-hand clothing donations to the Salvation Army. I discovered the Salvation Army's depot and thrift store in Tai Hang Tung, near Kowloon Tong, by chance when I drove past it some years ago. Since then, I have made regular detours on my homeward drive to drop off sacks of clothes, toys and assorted bric-a-brac. My point is that previously I had no idea where to take such items. Britain has a surfeit of very visible charity shops but this is not so in Hong Kong. I know that numerous potentially useful items are thrown away here because people do not know what to do with them. The problem your article identified could be addressed to some extent by your newspaper publishing specific details of dropping off places for the various charities. Perhaps then there would be more to go around, and a little less needless waste. Colin Rampton, Sha Tin The following is a list of Salvation Army collection sites. Command Headquarters, 11 Wing Sing Lane, Yau Ma Tei; Wan Chai Collection Centre G/F, 31 Wood Road, Wan Chai; Chuk Yuen Thrift Store, Shop S202, 3/F, Chuk Yuen Shopping Centre, Chuk Yuen South Estate; Kwun Tong Thrift Store, Shop E, Luen On Street, Kwun Tong; Stanley Thrift Store G/F, 98 Stanley Main Street, Stanley; Tai Hang Tung Thrift Store, G/F, 1 Lung Chu Street, Tai Hang Tung; Tin Hau Family Store, G/F, 29 Wing Hing Street, Causeway Bay; Yau Ma Tei Thrift Store, G/F, 1A Cliff Road, Yau Ma Tei; Yue Wan Thrift Store, Shop 29-30, Yue On House, Yue Wan Estate, Chai Wan; Shek Wai Kok Family Store, Shop331, Shek Wai Kok Est, Tsuen Wan; Mongkok Family Store Shop No1, Xing Hua Centre, 433 Shanghai Street, Mongkok. For details on opening hours, call 23324433 Q Should the proposed bus terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui be redesigned? If the bus terminus can move to Tsim Sha Tsui East then surely the Star Ferry Terminal could or should also be moved nearby. Placing the Star Ferry near Tsim Sha Tsui East could: Revitalise the shopping and commercial area of TST East; Create a better transport interchange with the new KCRC station in TST East and the one in Hung Hom; and Allow for a more complete waterfront area from the Cultural Centre around past the existing Star Ferry area to the Ocean Centre. The distance from a new Star Ferry location in TST East would be no further from Nathan Road and the MTR than the existing Star Ferry. Name and address supplied On other matters... On Saturday, you published my letter about my safety concerns on the New World First Bus 14 route from Sai Wan Ho to Stanley. I summarised the reckless driving on the route and the lack of action taken despite complaints to the driver involved, New World First Bus and the Transport Department. I wrote that it was a miracle the bus had not crashed. I regret to say that on Friday, at 7.40am, I was travelling to Stanley when I saw that a New World First Bus No14 had been involved in a serious head-on collision with a school minibus on Tai Tam Road. Several ambulances took away the injured. I appeal again to readers to voice safety concerns to newspapers and choose alternative forms of transport. I expect New World First Bus and the Transport Department to respond to this column with concrete actions to lessen the risk to commuters who travel on the route. We are all tired of meaningless lip service and warnings to drivers. Patrick Gilbert, Lam Tin As a pastor of a church that particularly ministers to Filipino domestic workers and other minorities, I appreciated the statistics shown on Monday. The graphic would have been better, however, if someone had not, apparently, clicked on the adjacent flag rather than the intended one when composing the graphic. Surely, the flag shown in the South Asians grouping, along with India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, should have been that of Pakistan and not Palestine! Benjamin Rees, Pastor, New Testament Church of Christ, Mei Foo Sun Chuen I refer to a letter you printed on Saturday regarding the reinstatement works of the KCRC's Ma On Shan link. The KCRC always attaches great importance to environmental protection. In addition to providing a fast, safe and convenient railway service to our commuters, we are committed to preserving the natural environment. Large-scale landscaping along Ma On Shan Rail was planned prior to the commencement of works in 2001. A large variety of trees and flowers will be planted under the viaduct to embellish the environment. The landscaping works will start next month when all civil works under the viaduct are finished. Meanwhile, work on restoring the areas previously occupied or affected by the works is proceeding. Mabel Wan, Public Affairs Manager-Capital Projects, Kowloon-Canton Railway 'I am now giving my used clothes to other charities or even freeloaders. At least they appreciate them'