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Clean out closets, give to good cause

Staff Report • Mar 5, 2012 at 8:32 AM

With spring just a few weeks away, now is a good time to do a little much-needed cleaning around the house.

One of the first places to start is that closet full of clothes and shoes that you no longer wear. Instead of tossing them into the garbage, why not donate those slightly used garments to a local thrift store?

More and more needy and budget-conscious shoppers are turning to thrift stores operated by organizations like Goodwill and the Salvation Army.

Thrift stores are in particular need of business attire for both men and women who want to look their best for a job interview. In fact, many used clothing outlets say they can’t keep enough men’s suits, ties and dress pants on the shelves. This is where your generous tax-deductible donation can help.

As Press staff writer Sue Guinn Legg reported recently, the Johnson City chapter of the Salvation Army is requesting donations to help replenish its new Super Family Thrift Store. Furniture and home furnishings are in particularly low supply at the South Roan Street store.

Free pickup for large-item donations may be arranged Monday through Friday by calling 926-2101. Smaller donations may be dropped off Monday through Saturday at the Salvation Army store and warehouse located in the former Food City building at 2506 S. Roan St., or at the Salvation Army stores at 423 W. Walnut St. and 3101 W. Market St.

And today is the last day to donate items of women’s clothing to dressbarn stores in Johnson City and Kingsport. These items will be allocated to the Send One Suit campaign that helps women obtain the slacks, skirts, blouses and blazers they need to make a good first impression to potential employers.

All items donated will be given to the nonprofit Dress for Success organization for distribution to women across the country who are attempting to enter or re-enter the work force. Contributors will receive a 15 percent discount on their next dressbarn purchase.

For more information about the drive, contact Eugenia Rainwater at the dressbarn stores at 3211 Peoples St. or 2626 E. Stone Drive in Kingsport, or call Rainwater at 610-0709 or 245-2757. For more information about Dress for Success, visit www.dressforsuccess.org.

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