The Salvation Army thrift store in Fernie is asking people who are dropping off donations to do so during business hours.
Staff say many people have been leaving donations outside the shop overnight, resulting in items being ruined by the elements.
“We are grateful for the many generous donations that we receive from the town, however, we are concerned about the number of donations that are being dropped off before and after business hours,” said Kyla McKenzie Lieutenant of the Salvation Army in Fernie.
“We rely on the donations of our communities to remain open and to continue providing help to those in need. By dropping donations off outdoors when we are unable to bring the donations directly inside they are exposed to the elements and this results in the donations being ruined and having to be disposed of.
“There are also large safety concerns as we desire to maintain a safe environment for staff and patrons and by leaving donations outside, a hazard is created due to the blocking of our main exit and entrance to the store.”
Please help the Salvation Army to continue helping those in need in our communities and also ensure efficiency and reduce waste by dropping off donations in the donation bins at the front of the store, Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.