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Donations rise, lines form as thrift stores reopen

The Associated Press
Created: June 17, 2020 12:57 PM

Spring cleaning has converged with the reopening of Goodwill and Salvation Army thrift stores after months of people quarantining at home.

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The result? Lines of traffic are constant outside the stores' donation centers.

Donors are waiting in line for up to 40 minutes to drop off their items.

Leora Conway, director of business for the Salvation Army, says "Everyone who was sitting home for over two months was looking at the items and saying, 'I don't need this anymore."

That's what brought Howard Cohan to the Goodwill Industries donation center in Skokie, Illinois. Cohan says he's spent the last few months "cleaning out my closets, cleaning out my garage, staying home like we're supposed to."

Conway says closing the Salvation Army stores for two months cost the organization around $15-million at their Midwest stores alone. "We don't know how long it will take to recoup," she said, but  "We're seeing a fantastic influx of donations, and shoppers coming out to support the mission."

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