Mastadon remains found in charity’s donation box

October 10th, 2013 by

Mastadon Redering

There are countless charities available to donate money to across the world, and people around the world work effortlessly to make charity a big part of their lives. One of the most readily available types of charities in the United States is one that collects used clothing, shoes, and household items. When a person is ready to change out their wardrobe, they can do so all while making a difference in a less-fortunate person’s life. Donation boxes are usually set up in parking lots of busy grocery stores, and some organizations even have store locations where dropping off and making a donation is as easy as a trip through the drive-thru at McDonald’s. A similar type of charity in Michigan was surprised by what they found donated to them this week.

In The Image, is a Christian-based charity out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. This past July, remains of a Mastadon turned up in one of their donation boxes – usually reserved for clothing and shoes. The Mastadon is an extinct relative of the elephant, and tooth pieces and a tusk were found and later dated back to anywhere from 12,000 to 15,000 years old. The organization immediately recognized the ancient remains as important, and donated them to the Grand Rapids Public Museum where they were dated and added to their collection. Jay Starkey is the director of In The Image, and says that he hopes to learn more about the rare donation and how it ended up in the clothing pickup box.

The charity is no stranger to oddball donations, having once received a painting worth $5,000 – which they also handed over to the museum.