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Tuesday, 21 June 2011 09:02

Salvation Army asks for donations to Thrift Store to occur only during store hours

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Swift Current's Salvation Army Thrift Store is asking people to respect the store's hours of operations and stop dropping off clothes and other donated items in the back alley behind the store.

Captain David Ramsay is concerned that items dropped off in the alley after business hours may attract rodents to the building or the items may be damaged should it rain.

Ramsay is also concerned about fines. According to the Solid Waste Bylaw No. 5-1993, people who leave items outside the business' back door run the risk of receiving a minimum of a $2,000 fine. He does not want to see anyone receive that fine. He knows the Salvation Army can't generate that much money based on boxes left in the alley should the City choose to fine the thrift store.

As a result of these concerns, any donations left in the Salvation Army's back alley will thrown in a garbage bin and not sold. People are encouraged to continue donating, but to drop off items in the store between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or between noon and 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

"We appreciate everyone's donations and they are a big way that we give hope to those in need in our community," said Ramsay. "I am sure that everyone who donates would like their donations to go to the best possible use."

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