View Full Version : Inexpensive and Secure Charity Donation Box?????

08-27-2012, 09:53 PM
Was looking around and could not find where in the forum I have read about donations boxes... Does anyone have any suggestions on an inexpensive donation box? I thought about using some type of mail box or something and locking it but my brain just is not letting me think of how to secure it where it cant be picked up and walked away with without having to sink a pole in concrete and having that in place year round. Any suggestions would be great. Dont want till the last minute for this. This will be my first year for collecting for a charity. Thanks for all the great ideas folks. Sure I will hear or see some good ones.

08-27-2012, 10:08 PM
I started out with a secure design. In the end, I found a flip top mailbox on close-out at Home Depot. I painted it and Lag-bolted it to the tree out front. Never saw any evidence of folks tampering. For us, it didn't make sense to spend $50 on a box to prevent $50-$60 from being stolen.

I'll try to find my links of the others. Found them...


and of course, james' amazing creation.



08-28-2012, 06:36 AM
I used about the same box as KY did. It has a lock on it and a slot under a lift up lid. I just used a t-post driven in the ground and use a couple of u bolts on it to secure it. I empty each night and had no trouble. If some one was to steal the empty box they would need to unbolt it and a pack it away empty. In the mean time I would have several minutes of video of their efforts with my video cameras place strategically around the property.

08-28-2012, 12:03 PM
Kychristmas bring up a good point... How much do people generate for charity each year?
Should this be a different thread?

08-28-2012, 08:00 PM
I like the idea of the mail box.....guess from years past was worried of theft....although I dont have any mature trees in my yard so will have to use a pole or stake to hold it in place firmly.

08-28-2012, 08:07 PM
A screw in Mailbox Anchor is a pretty good solution. Not always cheap, but certainly an option.