Items left outside the Salvation Army Thrift Store sometimes end up costing the charity money.
Earlier this month, employees arrived to find boxes of items had been left beside the building. Someone had already dug through the boxes, leaving things scattered over the ground, and everything was wet from rain. Rat feces were also found in some boxes.
“It all had to be cleaned up, and then cost us dump fees,” said Salvation Army Major Bruce Jennings. “There were household things and clothing, and it was probably meant to be something good.
“The bins weren’t even full, so some things could have been put in there.”
This isn’t the only time bags and boxes have been left on the ground when there was space for it in the donation bins. Furniture has also been left outside.
“The thrift store raises money for our community programming, so when we have to pay dump fees the programs suffer,” said Jennings.
“We need stuff in good condition to sell, and the ideal situation is for people to drop it off when someone’s there. We do pick up furniture if people call.
“Most people do things properly, but it seems the idea for some is to just get it out of the house and get rid of it.”
The Thrift Store does pickups on Wednesdays. They can be arranged by calling 902-895-9376.