Donors come through
A recent appeal for donations helped fill up empty racks at local Salvation Army stores, though they’re still short on some items.
The agency’s two thrift stores are stocked with plenty of clothes for the time being, “as long as they keep coming,” said April McKibben, assistant manager of the John Street store. “We still need shoes, books, purses, furniture, knick-knacks and household goods.”
Earlier this month officials said the stores at 2212 N. Market St. and 109 W. John St. in Champaign had reached the bottom of their inventory. Donations had dropped off significantly since early December, a trend attributed in part to the bitter cold.
Donors apparently got the message. On Feb. 5, the day a story ran in The News-Gazette, volunteers were “quite busy” taking in donations at the John Street store, McKibben said. That was a Saturday, and the store took in more the following Monday than it had received the entire previous week, she said.
"It was wonderful," she said.
A previously empty storeroom now has several bins and boxes full of clothing.
“Things have stabilized a little bit,” she said.
The store takes all seasons of clothing year-round, as well as toys that have not been recalled, she said.
Photo: Clothing racks were empty earlier this month in the storeroom at the Salvation Army's thrift store on John Street. Vanda Bidwell/News-Gazette