The Salvation Army Thrift Store Launches National Donations Campaign Encouraging Canadians to Spring Into Action

TORONTO, March 2, 2020 /CNW/ - The Salvation Army Thrift Store invites Canadians to declutter with purpose this March during their national donations campaign called "Your Donations Matter: There's Power in Giving." The Spring campaign aims to motivate the public to donate clothing and household items to The Salvation Army Thrift Store, where there are real societal and environmental benefits to giving. As part of a national charitable organization, The Salvation Army Thrift Store relies on donations to their Donor Welcome Centres at stores across the country.

"This campaign speaks to the power of giving," says Ted Troughton, Managing Director of The Salvation Thrift Store, National Recycling Operations. "It's the support of generous people and businesses who enable us to help others, and we are calling on them to spring into action this March. Your donations really do matter in providing care for our many diverse communities across Canada."

Spring into action by giving donations the power to help build stronger communities. The Salvation Army Thrift Store contributes to Salvation Army programs and services such as food banks for hunger relief, school programs and camps, shelters for people experiencing homelessness, and emergency relief efforts. Last year alone assistance was provided to over 1.6 million Canadians in over 400 communities that may not otherwise have been reached.

Donations also support The Salvation Army Thrift Store's voucher program, which enables individuals and families in need to shop for necessities free of charge at their local store with vouchers given by The Salvation Army's Social Services. 48,699 vouchers valued at over $6.2 million were redeemed at The Salvation Army Thrift Store last year.

"Bringing us your donations results in tangible community benefits that make it easy to feel good about giving," says Michele Walker, Director of Retail Operations for The Salvation Army Thrift Store. "Our voucher program offers dignity to those who need a helping hand and allows us to care for our neighbours. Donations of clothing and household items from the public make this work possible."

Donating items that are no longer wanted also benefits environmental sustainability through recycling and reuse. As one of Canada's original and largest recyclers, The Salvation Army Thrift Store has provided a unique way to serve through retail and recycling for over 100 years. Last year, 37,404 metric tons (82.4 million pounds) of clothing, textiles, household items, and furniture were diverted from local landfills through The Salvation Army Thrift Store.

The dedicated donations campaign runs from March 2 to March 31, and seeks to intensify the public's interest, commitment, and motivation to act on bringing donations to their local Salvation Army Thrift Store. Donations are accepted daily at stores, Distribution Recycling Centres, and Community Recycling Centres across the country to make donating easy and convenient. 

About The Salvation Army Thrift Store

The Salvation Army Thrift Store (National Recycling Operations) supports the mission of The Salvation Army in Canada for its communities and social programs by generating funds and making a positive influence. As part of a national charitable organization, The Salvation Army Thrift Store operates 107 stores across Canada and relies upon the generous donations of guests to help support those in need.

For further information: May Strutt, National Communications and Engagement Specialist, The Salvation Army Thrift Store, Email: media@tstores.ca, Office: 905.825.9208 ext. 200