By noon, more than a dozen donors had dropped off items from clothing to Christmas decorations.
“To be honest, I thought I was just going to sit here and freeze, and then it was going to start raining. This has made me happy,” he said.
Donations to the Salvation Army are down this year because of a later Thanksgiving, he said.
The Donate-A-Thon was developed as a way to offer residents in Martinez and Evans a convenient way to make last-minute donations for 2013 tax write-offs, while giving the Salvation Army a way to get more donations from that area.
“Our facilities are the soup kitchen
and the homeless shelter. It’s downtown
because that’s where we have the greatest need for that, so we don’t have a bunch of
satellites out in Martinez, Evans,” Williams said. “To bring it out here to the people is a way to just make it easier to capture more stuff.”
For about 20 minutes just before noon, four cars lined up to unload bags of unwanted goods, which were loaded into a Salvation Army trailer.
Greg White dropped off bags of bed linens, pillows and children’s toys. He said the event spurred his wife to go ahead and gather the family’s donations.
Rick Lepine appreciated the opportunity to donate to the Salvation Army without having to drive downtown. He stopped by to find out how long the trailer would be there and promised to return with clothes, speakers and other items.
“My wife lost some weight this year
and she’s cleaning out her entire closet,” he said.
He said the event makes it a lot easier for Columbia County residents to donate to the organization.
“Goodwill shouldn’t get everything,” he said. “I already give to the Salvation Army through work, but they can use the other stuff, too. Not everybody goes to Goodwill.”
Donated items will be sold in thrift stores, and the proceeds will benefit Salvation Army programs.
Williams said another Donate-A-Thon will likely be held in early summer.
“We are always taking donations. People need help all year,” he said.