MEdia - Family Stores Need Donations - 9-18-13

The Salvation Army in Dire Need of Furniture, Clothing
Community donations help local men recover from addiction

(Fort Myers, FL) – SEPTEMER 18, 2013 – Tomorrow, the trucks going out to stock The Salvation Army's Family Thrift Stores will be nearly empty. Donations of used goods to the charity typically slow in the summer months, but this year, September has shown a marked decline.

Why does this matter? All proceeds from thrift store sales fund The Salvation Army's Crossroads program, a 6- month drug and alcohol rehabilitation center for men. If the thrift stores are unable to make money, this life-saving program is at risk.

Crossroads is a faith-based residential program to help men struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. Up to 38 men at one time can be enrolled in Crossroads, where they receive therapy, addiction counseling, spiritual guidance, life skills training, help with G. E. D. or continuing education, employment skills and training, assistance finding housing, and much more.

As part of the work therapy component of the program, the men in Crossroads help collect, sort, repair and distribute donated items to The Salvation Army's three local Family Thrift Stores. The income from these stores turns right around and fully funds the Crossroads program expenses.

How can you help? Donate your gently used furniture, housewares, bedding, bikes, kitchen items, jewelery, clothing, and shoes to The Salvation Army! Also accepted are electronics in working condition, tools, sporting goods, cars, boats, and motorcycles. These items can be dropped off at any Salvation Army location, or you can call 337-0955 and schedule a pickup of large items – The Salvation Army still makes house calls!

Your donation of furniture, clothing and household items will change lives and help those in the grip of addiction find help, hope and a second chance at life.

To learn more, contact The Salvation Army at (239) 278-1551 or visit their website at:

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter for the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. Over ninety cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in Lee, Hendry and Glades counties. For more information, go to The Salvation Army is proud to be a United Way partner agency.