Donations down at the Salvation Army

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Salvation Army in La Crosse said people aren’t dropping off clothes and household stuff as much this month.

“Donations slowed down quite a bit compared to last year,” said Salvation Army Store Manager Monica Nelson.

Salvation Army Store Manager Monica Nelson said April has been the slowest month for donations in three years.

Nelson said starting in February they started pulling items from their warehouse reserves, but now that’s empty.

“We realize that we’ve had kind of a long winter. So people aren’t really out, and about as much, but as the weather warms up, we’re hopeful that they’ll come in, and bring their donations,” said Nelson.

While donations may be down at the Salvation Army, donations have been steady at the Goodwill in La Crosse, with the exception of a few items.

“We’re at a new site, so that might be part of it. We’re convenient, so folks can just drive in, and we’ll come out and unload,” said Goodwill Store Team Leader Paula Egge.

However, Egge said they weren’t as busy on days when the weather was bad.

Both stores said they’re in need of household items and shoes.

REGARDLESS OF WHETHER DONATIONS ARE SLOW OR STEADY, BOTH STORES ARE ALWAYS LOOKING TO KEEP THEIR SHELVES STOCKED.

THEY ALSO A LITTLE DONATION CAN MAKE A BIG DIFERENCE..

“It just really helps the community, you know it helps people in the community,” said Nelson.
“You donate, you shop and you can change a life,” said Egge.

The Salvation Army is located on Copeland Avenue across from the Logger’s Field.

If you’re donating a larger item, such as furniture, they can come pick it up.

Goodwill’s store is on Mormon Coulee Road, and they also have a drop off site on Rose Street.

There’s also a store in Onalaska.

However, Goodwill doesn’t come pick up donations.


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