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Title Tvind - Green Boxes Disappear from Streets amid Fraud Allegations

Tvind - Green Boxes Disappear from Streets amid Fraud Allegations February 7th, 2007 - First you see them. Then you don t. Owners of the 21 or so 6-foot-high green metal boxes with the friendly Gaia label on the front that once were scattered around Berkeley have been picked up by their owners, Humana People to People. The boxes sprouted up around the city about a year or so ago, as a convenient way of leaving used clothes for recipients assumed to be people in need. At least, that s what most people thought until CBS s 30 Minutes Bay Area exposed the outfit, also known as Teacher s Group (or Tvind), as a multi-million dollar profit-making group. [...] The report contends that the donated items in the boxes were sold for the owners benefit, rather than given to charity. Critics call it a cult that is using people s good will to make millions in profit, the CBS show said. [...] The organization, now worldwide, got its start in the 1970s as a radical education project in Denmark and was supported by the Danish government, according to the Tvindalert website. The same website reports that the founder is currently on trial in Denmark for fraud. [...] This is a summary extract from the full article as it appeared in Berkeley Daily Planet, Jan 26, 2007 Full Article