The Salvation Army is set to open its stores in Hamden, Newington and Dayville on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. The stores were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic but are now ready to welcome shoppers with bargain-priced clothing, household items, electronics, books, toys, furniture and collectables.
The stores employ one hundred and fifty-six people who are anxious to return and—thanks to donations from the community—provides assistance for people who are struggling with alcohol, drugs, and other life issues, since revenues from the Family Stores support the charity’s rehabilitation center. The center offers services free of charge, and sales from the Family Thrift stores are its sole source of funding. The rehabilitation center has remained open throughout the pandemic without its usual funding. Families in need also receive vouchers for free furniture or clothing from the stores through other Salvation Army programs.
“Our rehabilitation center has been operating throughout the pandemic, and our expenses have carried on,” says Bob Moorthie, the Administrator, who oversees The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center in Hartford. “We’re excited to reopen for that reason, but we’ve also heard from our customer and donors that they’re anxious to return, as well, and we look forward to welcoming them back.”
Tax receipts will be provided on-the-spot for any donations received during store hours. Tuesdays to after-hours clothing donations can be dropped in the bins located in the parking lot. For more information, please visit SATRUCK.ORG.
About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 33 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 to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to http://www.salvationarmyusa.org.