Salvation Army asks donors not to drop off items after hours

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Salvation Army is asking donors to drop off donations during the hours that they are open after having to deal with a bit of a mess in recent weeks.

Cpt. Sheldon Feener with the Salvation Army says that on the past two Mondays, thrift store staff have had to clean up a pile of items near the store’s back door, and have had to throw the goods into the garbage. This morning’s pile took four staff members roughly 45 minutes to clean up.

Feener says that the thrift store, which is run entirely on donations from the public, is incredibly appreciative of the community’s willingness to generously donate items. However, he adds that the store can only accept items that are dropped off while the store is open.

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Feener explains that items that are dropped off after hours outside the store are exposed to both the elements, and other contaminants. He says that animals often either urinate or defecate on the items, or will destroy them by sheltering in, or clawing the items. He says that people also often rummage through the items and can break them. Though the store used to have after hours donation bins set up, Feener says that staff too often had to sort through a large number of broken and unusable items, and so discontinued using the bins.

Feener says that donations can be warmly received by the thrift store Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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