The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Bells Corners, Ottawa is in need of donations of household items, furniture, toys, books and especially clothing.
“Sales are doing very well, beyond our expectations even, but we need donations to help keep our shelves filled,” said Carmen Bejancu, Thrift Store District Manager.
The 11,500 square foot building located at 1826 Robertson Road, has a large Donor Welcome Centre in the back marked with blue signs featuring The Salvation Army red shield logo. Friendly employees greet donors on arrival to help unload their items and offer a 10 dollar coupon.
When you donate to a thrift store you are also benefiting the environment. Thrift shopping and donating gives millions of items a second chance at life, keeping them out of landfills.
Last year through 106 locations 37,404 metric tons (82.4 million pounds) of clothing, textiles, household items and furniture were diverted from local landfills.
“All the clothes that we can’t sell including leather are recycled as well as cardboard, metal and old electronics,” says Bells Corners Thrift Store Manager Wendy Szabo. “Of course donating to our thrift store will also directly impact your community.”
Profits from Thrift Store sales go back into Salvation Army programs and services and emergency relief efforts that help men, women and children in crises. Those in need are given vouchers to our stores allowing them to choose the items that best suit their family.
The store also provides a great place to browse for new treasures and clothing at affordable prices.
“Guests come and meet people and talk to their neighbours and shop at the same time. We have guests that come by a few times a day,” said Wendy. “The staff is very friendly and we treat them like family.”
“We are getting lots of compliments about the store and the community has been so supportive,” said Carmen.
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