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Salvation Army thrift store reopens

The Pike County Salvation Army Service Center and Thrift Store is now open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week and next from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at 509 South Brundidge Street in Troy.

Kim May, director, said after next week the store will be evaluated and a decision will be made whether the Service Center and Thrift Store will remain open or close again.

“The Thrift Store has been busy this week and that is very encouraging,”

May said.” We are doing everything recommended to protect our shoppers. We have hand sanitizer at the entrance and a plexiglass divider at the checkout.  We require our customers to stay six-feet apart and we have gloves and masks available. So, we are hopeful that the store can stay open because the bills are still coming in.”

May said several monetary donations have been made and they are greatly needed and very much appreciated.

“The store has been closed since March 28 and it is self-sustaining so we have very little wiggle room with the bills still coming in,” May said.

“Our landlord has been understanding of our situation and has let the rent slide for two months and that is a great help. I have applied for several grants and I’m hopeful.

“The Salvation Army helps meet many needs of our neighbors and friends but without money, there is little we can do.”

The Salvation Army is operating with only two staff members and volunteer help would be greatly appreciate. “Just stop by and we will sign you up as a volunteer,” May said.

“As this virus continues, we will have more and more requests for assistance. Volunteers would be a real blessing.   The number to call for information and to volunteer is 808-1069.”