Clear the Clutter: Salvation Army looking for donations after Christmas


Christmas can create a lot of clutter. A household full of family gifts and nowhere to put them all. Instead of sending your old items to the trash, have you ever thought about donating?

The Salvation Army on 16 Street in Wheeling is always looking for new merchandise.They say there’s an influx of donations after the holidays.

So, they’re also offering some tips on how to make process painless.

“We do ask that people stick to the donation times of Monday through Friday from nine to three on 17 Street,” said Benny Carringer, Captain, Salvation Army, Wheeling. 

Can’t make those times, drop off your stuff between 9a.m. and 2p.m. Saturdays. If you’re planning on just dumping your donations outside their storefront, Captain Benny says don’t do it. People will go through your stuff.

“As sad as it is to say, a lot of the times, what you have dropped off to help the Salvation Army, does not get to the Salvation Army, it gets to someone else or it’s destroyed by the time we’re able to get to it the next business day,” said Carringer. 

There’s three things they’ll refuse: TV’s , tires, and paint. Everything else should be reusable.
If not, you’re adding to the 6 thousand dollars the Salvation Army pays once a month in trash fees!
“Spending six thousand dollars means that’s six thousand dollars less, we have to help our community,” said Carringer. 
Such as through their shelter, they operate 365 days a year. They’re in constant need of hygienic and household items like pillows, blankets, towels and wash cloths. Typically, they see about 40 people a night and after long, those items become non-reusable.
If you’re looking to donate those hygiene items, the Salvation Army recommends the travel sizes because it’s easier to distribute to their clients

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