On January 16 it was announced that Goodwill, which collects donated clothing and goods, then sells them to fund programs for people with learning and physical disabilities, was closing 16 stores and donation centres across Ontario.
“The Salvation Army appreciates and respects the important work that Goodwill does in Ontario and all across Canada,” says Michele Walker, national retail operations manager. “We hope that Goodwill can resolve their current situation in the Greater Toronto Area and continue to help the many individuals who depend on it for their employment and the services it provides.”
The Salvation Army’s National Recycling Operations (Thrift Stores) has a long history and currently operates more than 100 stores across Canada. Through the efforts of staff, the generosity of our donors and the loyalty of the guests who frequent our stores, we are blessed with continued success in a sometimes challenging business environment.
“Donations of goods and services are the lifeline of our Thrift Store operation,” says Walker. “Not only do they provide practical support for vulnerable people, the funds raised support vital programs and services that The Salvation Army provides such as children’s camps and food banks.”
Clothing, housewares, furniture, electronics, computers, toys, media and books, accessories, antiques, and collectibles are always needed and gratefully received. For a list of Salvation Army thrift store locations, visit www.thriftstore.ca.