WINSTON-SALEM, NC (February 26, 2013) – The Salvation Army of Winston-Salem is reporting an all-time low in donated goods at its Family Store and is making a plea to the community for help. As the economy continues to make a recovery, the need for Salvation Army services only increases. One hundred percent of the proceeds from The Salvation Army Family Store stay in the community to support local programs.
“It’s not unusual for us to see a dip in donations this time of year, but the combination of the winter weather and people holding onto their things longer is really hurting us right now,” said Major James Allison, Area Commander for The Salvation Army of Greater Winston-Salem. “Not everyone can give money, but almost everyone can donate something of value so we can continue to serve our neighbors in need.”
The Salvation Army Family Store can use items like gently used clothing, housewares, furniture, and appliances. Even cars and boats can be donated in exchange for a tax deduction. Donations can be dropped off at The Salvation Army Family Store, located at 2688 Peters Creek Parkway, or at any Triad-area A Cleaner World dry cleaning location. Free pick up service is available for larger items by calling (336) 723-9952.
Businesses, churches and civic groups interested in helping out can host their own donation drive and participate in The Salvation Army’s “Get Caught Giving” campaign. The Salvation Army will park their “Get Caught Giving” truck at chosen locations or provide boxes to collect donations. For more information on “Get Caught Giving”, contact Matt Linville at (336) 245-2080 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Salvation Army operates an emergency shelter for families and single women; a community feeding program; a crisis intervention program; two Boys and Girls Clubs; three Corps Community Centers offering Sunday services in English, Spanish and Korean; and an Academy of Music and Arts, providing youth with an avenue to discover and grow their musical and performing arts talent. Vouchers to its Family Store are given out through its Emergency Assistance Office to families and individuals in need. Proceeds from the Family Store help support these programs.