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Salvation Army sees clothing donations drop

Weak economy, floods of 2011 competing boxes cited as factors

Jan Helmin drops a bag of clothing off at the Clothing and Shoes Donations drop box at St. Gabriel's Church in Rotterdam.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Jan Helmin drops a bag of clothing off at the Clothing and Shoes Donations drop box at St. Gabriel's Church in Rotterdam.
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The red and white Salvation Army clothing drop boxes aren’t filling up with used pants, shirts and shoes as quickly as they used to. Donations of second-hand attire, which are sold in the organization’s Family Stores and given to people in need, have been dwindling locally over the past several years, representatives say. That decline is a result of a combination of factors, including the weak economy, the destruction caused by last year’s floods and ...

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kmvfree
March 19, 2012
10:49 a.m.

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So glad to see this article. I think many people do not realize that most of what goes in those bins gets turned into packing material, etc. which is disappointing if you are donating wearable clothing. I donate good used clothing to the Salvation Army or City Mission and then throw junky stuff not fit to wear in those bins. More work, but worth it.

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