Salvation Army Sydney

The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Sydney had to stop accepting donations for about a month after a van crashed into the building in late May. (Norma Jean MacPhee/CBC)

The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Sydney is facing a problem, but it's not a bad one.

"We are now bombarded with donations, which is a good thing. It's a good problem to have," said Nicole MacLean, who oversees the thrift store.

The thrift store is receiving about twice the amount of donations as it normally would.

One of the reasons for the surge in donations is that the thrift store wasn't accepting donations for about a month because a van crashed into the building in late May.

Thrift store supervisor Holly Dickson says it takes three to four people a day to sort through donations and get them onto the store's shelves.

Because of the increase in donations, the thrift store is hiring additional staff. A summer student has been hired and it is getting another worker through an employability program.

The store says that should help relive the pressure on staff and volunteers.

"Our staff, our volunteers mainly are the ones who do the sorting," said MacLean. "They're feeling a little overwhelmed right now."