The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Pine Bluff is experiencing a decrease in donations that began in January and has led to a drop in revenue for the agency which helps people in need.

The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Pine Bluff is experiencing a decrease in donations that began in January and has led to a drop in revenue for the agency which helps people in need.

“We are extremely low on donations,” said thrift store manager Marcie Young. “We need furniture, clothing, household items, knick knacks; just about everything.”

“Around this time of year a drop off in donations does happen but it seems like a bigger shortage than usual this year,” Young said. “We are accepting donation drop offs during our regular store hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. People making donations can pull around to the back and blow their horn. Someone will come out to unload their items. People will get a tax receipt when they make a donation.”

Young said that the store has a truck that can be dispatched to pick up furniture items from interested donors.

Salvation Army Captain David Robinson said that the slump in donations has affected the bottom line of the organization which aims to help people in need as suggested in its theme, Doing the Most Good.

“Our sales are down by $4,000 to $5,000 in January compared to December,” Robinson said. “We actually had a pretty good month in December, but January dropped off. February is normally a slow month so we are in need of donations.”

Robinson said that even small items make a real difference.

“The sales of small items add up,” Young confirmed.

The Salvation Army Thrift Store is located at 2901 S. Catalpa St. and can be reached at 536-6382.