Empty Shelves Prompt Request For Help

Created: 02/05/2014 6:52 PM
By: Dan Conradt

(ABC 6 News) -- A request for help from the Salvation Army.

In one of the coldest winters in years, racks and shelves that are normally filled with cold-weather clothing are nearly empty.

And the Army needs your help to fill them.

"Right now winter wear is just flying out of here, as fast as it's coming in, it's going back out" said William Clennon at the Austin Salvation Army Thrift Store.

"And unfortunately our supply is not there" added the Army’s Stacy Wisemore.

“With the cold weather we're seeing a decrease in donations because people just aren't getting out into the cold weather" William Clennon told us.

For many people, places like the Salvation Army thrift store help stretch the family budget.

"Some of them don't have the means to put out that kind of money, and they know when they come here they're getting a really good value for their dollar" the thrift store’s William Clennon said.

“We have been receiving more donations for men and women adults, so the children are in need, but we can use everything, really" Stacy Wisemore told ABC6 news.

“Caps, gloves, winter boots, any kind of winter gear is in high demand right now" William Clennon said.

And that includes items to keep you warm *indoors* once you've turned the thermostat down.

"Sweatshirts or flannel shirts, long sleeved items, slippers, blankets, bath robes" Stacy Wisemore said.

And at the Salvation Army donation center in Austin: "Normally I would have four volunteers working and there's be four employees working, and now we're down to two employees and no volunteers because we just don't have the items" Stacy Wisemore told us.

And that means a lot of people are going out in this cold weather in clothing that's not designed to handle it.

"Or they don't fit correctly because they're just making due with what they can find here" the thrift store’s William Clennon said.

“So we're asking people to please bring down your used items so that others can benefit" Stacy Wisemore added.