COVID-19: You Can Help Canadians In Need by Holding Your Donations Until We Reopen

For the safety of our employees and our community, please do not drop off clothing and household items to any of our Donor Welcome Centres or donation bins during our temporary closure. While we cannot accept your donations right now, this does not mean that your donations are not needed. In fact, the opposite is true.

The need for affordable clothing and household items will be very high in the days, weeks, and months ahead as we all work to rebuild from the serious financial repercussions of the COVID-19 crisis. By setting aside what you no longer need and bringing it to your local Salvation Army Thrift Store when we can safely reopen, you are helping to care for people in your community when they need help the most.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to alter life as we know it, 44% of Canadian households have lost work or have seen layoffs as a result of the crisis, according to a recent Angus Reid survey. The survey reports that another 18% are anticipating work losses or layoffs in the days to come. This will continue to have significant impacts on the ability of vulnerable individuals and families to make ends meet.

Every day, and especially in times of hardship, your donations make a difference by:

- Allowing us to provide an affordable place for everyone to shop for clothing and household items.

- Empowering individuals and families living in poverty to shop for essential needs free of charge using vouchers given by The Salvation Army's social services.

- Helping generate funds to support Salvation Army programs and services, such as food banks, shelters for people experiencing homelessness, and emergency disaster relief.

You can make a difference in your community just by donating what you no longer need once we can safely reopen. Together, we can rebuild after COVID-19.