Salvation Army says its a donation station not a dump site for trash

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by Eric Gonzales / KENS 5

kvue.com

Posted on November 27, 2012 at 8:54 PM

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Salvation Army donations are increasing as the holidays approach.  But one drop-off site is finding that what is one man’s treasure may just be another man’s trash. 

The Salvation Army Thrift store on Jefferson Street in Kerrville can fill its entire warehouse full every 3 to 4 days.  When they go back to work each morning the back area is overrun with items that are unloaded after hours.  A lot of the stuff belongs at a dump. 

Clayson Lambert, manager of the Salvation Army Family store, said, “The items that are being dropped off that are purely trash is just taking an excessive amount of man power.  This time of the year we need that money going to the focus of our cause.” 

On Monday mornings the pile of refuse is the worst.  It is closed on Sundays but the donations keep on getting dropped off.  

Usually helpers sift through the donations to determine what can be dropped off.

The Salvation Army store says when no one is around on Sundays people unload stuff that should really be taken to the dump. 

The thrift store has to tap into their own budget to get the unusable stuff hauled away.

Salvation Army Commanding Officer Bobby Jackson says this can get costly. 
 
“There’s some times when our team will spend a full day doing dump runs or filling the trash bins - and to the sum of nearly $20,000 last year in expenses.  And that’s $20,000 that could have gone directly into services to families and children in need," he said.
 
That figure doesn’t include the cost of the labor to have the stuff hauled away. 

So how do you determine the difference between trash and treasure?
 
Jackson says, “A good rule of thumb is if you wouldn’t use it in your home, someone else may not want to use it in theirs.  If you wouldn’t buy that from a thrift store then we probably can’t use it.”

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