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Shopping Salvation Army Stores directly funds our programs like basic needs, rehabilitation, group and individual counseling, spiritual direction, life-skills, and more. When you donate goods, you are also supporting this investment in others.
We operate nearly 250 stores in the Midwest, where you can shop for new and gently-used merchandise. Stores also serve as drop-off locations for your donations.
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When you donate items you no longer need to a Salvation Army Thrift Store, you’re giving a gift to someone in your community. The clothing, furniture, household goods, and appliances are resold to the public at a very low price. It’s a chance to recycle and support people who need a second chance.
The proceeds from every sale are used to fund our no cost, no insurance necessary Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARC) located throughout the Midwest. Each year, The Salvation Army helps more than 150,000 people nationwide combat alcohol or drug addiction. We provide a safe, compassionate place where people can heal. By taking care of all their basic needs, the participants can focus their energy on getting better.
Our holistic addiction program includes having ARC participants work within the stores that cover the cost of their treatment. It enables them to provide for themselves, build and improve social skills, and achieve employment goals.
Families who live at or near the poverty line also rely on our thrift stores. Many of them purchase children’s clothing, shoes, books and toys—because little ones grow so quickly! In the winter, they shop our selection of coats, boots, hats and blankets to keep warm. The cost savings allow them to stretch their budget and put money toward other things such as food, housing and bills.
When a disaster such as a tornado or apartment fire takes place, we issue credit vouchers to our stores, so survivors acquire much needed items and start rebuilding their lives. Sometimes people come to us with nothing but the clothes on their back, so we provide immediate assistance. Other times survivors need a few items to make their situation a little more bearable.
Please keep us in mind when cleaning out your closet, attic, basement or storage unit. New or gently used donations are accepted daily at the Donor Welcome Center inside each of our stores. If you have furniture or a large quantity of items, pickup services may be available in your area.
Our Donation Value Guide helps you determine the approximate tax-deductible value of more commonly donated items. For professional advice, please consult your tax advisor.