Amherst Salvation Army Thrift Store desperate for volunteers

The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Amherst, N.S., is struggling to find volunteers to run its shop.

Store's revenue helps local families in need

The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Amherst, N.S., is struggling to find volunteers to run its shop.

“We’re already short-handed, so we’ll take as many as we can get,” said Linda Clarke, a Salvation Army community ministries worker.

Many volunteers are aging and unable to help like before, while others have stopped volunteering all together, she says.

The money the thrift store takes in is used to help people in the Amherst area who have fallen on hard times. That could mean paying a power bill for someone who has lost their job or helping a family after a fire.

Clarke says the thrift store brings in $3,200 per month, but without people to work the cash register, sort clothes and move furniture, the shop will be forced to scale back its hours. That will likely mean less money coming in and less help for those in need.

“We desperately need some new volunteers,” said Clarke.