Salvation Army urging the public to stop dropping off donations at closed locations

 

The Salvation Army is asking members of the public to stop leaving donations outside closed stores and at donation bins.

“Although donations of gently-used clothing and household items cannot be accepted during the COVID-19 outbreak, they will be needed when Salvation Army thrift stores and donor welcome centres are able to reopen,” John P. Murray, territorial secretary for communications for the Salvation Army, said in a news release.

Many of the thrift stores and donation centres have had to close in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and items being dropped off not only present a risk of spreading the virus, but they are also likely to get stolen or damaged by the weather.

“As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, the need for affordable clothing and items for the house will be very high in the days, weeks, and months ahead,” Murray said.

“In the meantime, we are urging Canadians to please set aside their donations and bring them to a Salvation Army thrift store, welcome centre or donation bin, when we are safely able to reopen our facilities,” he added.

Cover photo courtesy of the Salvation Army’s Instagram

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