The coronavirus pandemic is impacting businesses and organizations across northeast Ohio.
One of the organizations being impacted is the Salvation Army. On Tuesday, officials announced that it would close of all of its pick-up service and drop-off locations out of concern for workers and shoppers.
"“Due to the” Stay at Home” order by Governor DeWine, we are unable to keep both our thrift stores & donation pick up services active," the organization said in press release.
The closure applies only to donations of clothing, furniture, household items, etc. Food drop off and pick ups at each of the Corps Community Centers is still available.
In hope of preserving would-be donations, The Salvation Army is requesting that donors refrain from dropping items at all stores, donation centers and drop boxes until the crisis subsides
"Our concern is that drop box locations will overflow, leaving items out in the elements to be ruined, which would cause a large sanitation issue,”said Major Van Wirth, Administrator for Business of The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center in Cleveland.
To make a monetary donation to the non-profit's relief efforts , call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or click here.
More information regarding in-kind donations can be found by calling 1-800-SA-TRUCK or click here to view the latest information as to when standard donations will begin being accepted again.