Salvation Army struggling through sales slump

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, July 11, 2018

If you are unable to sleep at night, it’s because you are awake.

Kim May, director of the Salvation Army Service Center and Thrift Store in Troy, laughed at the suggested reason for her sleepless nights but, “it’s more than that.”

May said expenses at the service center are nipping away at the reserves from the center’s fundraising projects and that is cause for concern.

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“Right now, sales are down more than they have been in quite a while,” May said. “We depend on the sales at the Thrift Store to supplement our fundraisers. But right now, sales are slow and our reserves are dwindling. We’ve got a big bump to get over.”

At the local Salvation Army’s monthly advisory board meeting on Tuesday, May said the Thrift Store now has a Sizzlin’ Summer Sale of women’s clothing, purses and shoes and hopes are that shoppers will take advantage of the sale prices being offered.

“We have a very good selection of women’s items and at almost unbelievable prices but we are short on items for men and children,” she said. “Donations of items for men and children are greatly needed and will be greatly appreciated.”

May said the Thrift Store is dependent on donations of clothing, furniture and household items to stock the store.

“At this time, we need donations of quality items and we need shoppers,” she said. “We have a good selection of miscellaneous items and the food pantry is stocked adequately.” Large donated items can be picked up. Arrangements for pickup may be made by calling 334-808-1069.

The Salvation Army has camp stew available for $10 and quart. It is frozen, making it available for now or later.

Volunteers are needed during the summer months when store employees are on vacation and right now is the time.

“We appreciate the support that we get from the local community,” May said. “Troy and Pike County have always supported the Salvation Army. Our Service Center supports our friends and neighbors who are truly in need. A monetary donation or items to the Thrift Store is lending a helping hand to someone in need in our community, as do purchases at the Thrift Store.”

All donations to the Salvation Army Service Center and Thrift Store at 509 South Brundidge Street in Troy are tax deductible and greatly appreciated.