CHARLOTTE – The Salvation Army is seeing a decline in donations, especially with clothing, in Charlotte-area stores. To make giving more convenient, they're turning to drop boxes, something the thrift store hasn't used in decades.
Maj. Gerald Street said a dip in donations usually comes in the winter, but this year, he said, it never picked back up in the spring.
The warehouse is getting about 5,500 clothing items a day, compared to 8,000-9,000 last year, distributed to five area stores.
"They're not as stocked as they ought to be, they're getting empty," said Street.
They're starting with 10 drop boxes in convenient areas between stores to boost donations. Street said their biggest concern is that fewer donations will lead to fewer shoppers over time, but the new boxes will make it easier to give.
"The cost of gas, people don't want to drive across town to do a good deed,"he said.
So they're reaching out to local businesses to take seven remaining drop boxes, especially churches.
"They would be sympathetic of the mission with what we do for men's lives and also they would have a congregation and be where people would see this," said Street.
Right now, drop boxes can be found at JB Tallent Funeral Home on North Sharon Amity Road and Providence Presbyterian Church.
To express interest in a drop box, you can contact Dan Hayes or Maj. Street at (704) 332-1171.