atticus wrote:If you ask for donations, surely you should expect to be given some, and therefore to have to store them.
Donations were not asked for.
There was a crisis, many people wanted to help those affected, some by way of donating things they thought would be useful: they asked where/how to donate.
Some people had put themselves in charge of the relief operation and offered a space to bring those donations to.
Is "purpose" a verb?
Depends which dictionary you use.
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