Salvation Army In Need Of Donations

By KBJR News 1

April 18, 2011 Updated Apr 18, 2011 at 6:39 PM CDT

Duluth - (Northland's News Center) - With the season for Spring Cleaning upon us, the opportunity to donate is in bloom.

Store Manager, Kim Paulson, said The Salvation Army is in immediate need for clothing donations for their Thrift Store in Lincoln Park.

"Right now we're really low on summer clothing, so we could use all kinds of summer clothes. We could use house hold items, furniture, any of those items that are still usable. Blankets, sheets, towels, all that kind of stuff," Paulson said.

Last year the Salvation Army served about thirteen–thousand people in the greater Duluth area through one or more of its programs.

Director of Development at The Salvation Army, Gordon Mesedahl, said, "The more donations that come in, the more the Salvation Army is able to give back to the Community."

Salvation Army Officials say the amount of donations they are receiving is low, with a need at an all time high.

"In December this room was packed full of donations, with only a small place to walk through. Now the room is nearly empty."

All thrift store proceeds go to support Salvation Army programs that provide food, housing and basic services for Duluth residents in need.

"The Thrift Store is really a very important cornerstone of the work of the Salvation Army. Not only employing people in the neighborhood and providing great deals on good merchandise, good clothing, but also any proceeds from the store will go to help subsidized hot meals programs and the food shelf and the transitional housing and other housing programs that are operated by the Salvation Army," Mesedahl said.

The Duluth Salvation Army has been providing basic human services to the greater Duluth area since 1892, giving vouchers for free thrift store clothing to families in need in the community.

All donations are tax deductible, and home pickup is available for large or small donations.

New or gently used clothing and household items may be dropped off at the thrift store, 2101 West Superior St., Monday through Friday 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., and Saturdays 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. To arrange pick-up service for your donated items, you can call 218-722-7723.