Make a Difference for the Environment and Those in Need by Going Green for National Thrift Shop Day

TORONTO, Aug. 15, 2016 /CNW/ - As treasure hunters in Canada gear up for bargain sales on August 17th for National Thrift Shop Day, 106 Salvation Army Thrift Store locations are sparking the conversation around treasuring the environment by shopping and donating thrift.

"As a leader in the recycling industry we want to inspire people to donate, not toss in local landfills," says Michele Walker, The Salvation Army Thrift Store, National Retail Operations Manager. "Thrift is rooted in caring about the environment, and that is how we are inviting the public to celebrate National Thrift Shop Day. Donate and shop for the planet we share, our neighbors in need and communities."

On National Thrift Shop Day, donors who go green by donating a box or bag at The Salvation Thrift Store Donor Welcome Centres will get a 17 per cent discount on purchases made that day.

Shopping and donating thrift keeps millions of unwanted textiles, electronics, furniture and household items away from local landfills. From April 2015 through March 2016 The Salvation Army Thrift Store diverted close to 69 million pounds of unwanted items thanks to almost 12 million guests that shop and donate with them.

"Nearly all textiles can be recycled, 85 per cent of which ends up in landfills locally," emphasizes Dan Kinsey, The Salvation Army Thrift Store, National Distribution Manager. "We are therefore pleased to go green for National Thrift Shop Day, as donations no matter how small are welcome in playing a role to our commitment in stewardship of the Earth."

The Salvation Army Thrift Store has offered a unique way to serve individuals, families and the environment through retail and recycling thrift for over a 100 years in Canada. For a list of participating store locations, visit www.thriftstore.ca. Donations are always needed in clothing, housewares, furniture, electronics, toys, media and books, accessories, computers, antiques and collectibles. Donating provides assistance to countless individuals and families through The Salvation Army Thrift Store's voucher program.

About The Salvation Army Thrift Store

The Salvation Army Thrift Store (National Recycling Operations) supports the mission of The Salvation Army in Canada by generating funds for its community and social programs and making a positive influence in the communities in which we operate. As part of a national, charitable organization, The Salvation Army Thrift Store operates 106 stores across Canada and relies upon the generous donations of its guests to help support those in need. For a community needs list and to learn more about The Salvation Army Thrift Store visit www.thriftstore.ca.

SOURCE The Salvation Army

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For further information: Krista Henry, National Communications Specialist, Email: krista_henry@can.salvationarmy.org, Office: 905.825.9208 ext. 200 or Cell: 289.242.3103


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