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Salvation Army Sees Drop in Donations

LAS VEGAS --  The Salvation Army of Southern Nevada relies on the proceeds from its seven thrift stores to fund many of the programs and services it provides to members of the community. But right now, thrift shop donations are down significantly because of the economy.

One look at these sparse clothing racks and the problem is easy to see.

"When the economy is bad like this, people cannot go out and buy that new couch, so we don't get the old one," said Charles Desideiro, Salvation Army of So. Nevada.

The Salvation Army says donations to their thrift shops around the valley are down by 35 to 40 percent.

"All the merchandise that does come in is rushed right off to the stores so our trucks are making extra trips which also means more gas and more labor hours,"said Desideiro.

The money the thrift stores generate helps pay for critical community services, like the Salvation Army's adult rehab programs for addicts, as well as programs for families, seniors, the homeless, and the mentally disabled.

The Salvation Army is making a plea to the public to start spring cleaning a little early this year and donate.

"This is a good time of the year to go through your closets and drawers. We all live with too much stuff in our lives," said Robbie Hughes, donor.

Fewer donations is the main reasons why the Southern Nevada chapter is nearly $1 million in the red.

For more information on how you can donate or help, call the Salvation Army at 870-4430.