Salvation Army Asks for Money, Not Goods

The Salvation Army stores donated goods
The Salvation Army stores donated goods
People donate goods at the K-Mart parking lot
People donate goods at the K-Mart parking lot

SEPTEMBER 8, 2005 -- Some rescue organizations are asking the community to stop making material donations for hurricane victims.

The Salvation Army in Wilmington is overwhelmed with dry goods collected for Katrina survivors. Volunteers are storing the donated goods in a warehouse for the time being. Officials say high gas prices and safety issues make delivering the goods impractical.

If you want to help, they say give money. It can be used immediately and will be spent on supplies closer to the shelters.

But if you've already bought supplies for Katrina survivors, one group will gladly take them off your hands.

Outside the K-Mart on College Road a dozen women from the Scotts Hill Baptist Church are collecting and loading goods into a semi-truck bound for the Gulf.

They say they have plenty of clothes and stuffed animals. They're requesting baby goods and women's hygiene products.

They say they'll be out in the parking lot until that truck is full.