Ottumwa's Salvation Army Thrift Store still going strong

The Thrift Store is located at 505 W. Main St. in Ottumwa.

Rumors were circulating around town that the Ottumwa Salvation Army Thrift Store was going to stop collecting donations. KTVO spoke with Captain Ruth Gibbons of the Salvation Army who set the record straight.

Gibbons says donations are always welcomed with open arms, and now that it's getting to be garage and yard sale season, she also encourages people in the community to donate leftover items. She says there's always a need for gently used clothing, household goods, toys and furniture.

"No the thrift store is definitely not closing, in fact it's doing better than ever," Gibbons said. "We have our new hours which are 9 to 4 daily Monday through Friday, and we hope soon to be opening on Saturday during the summer hours, and so we would sure like to have you come by and stop and see us and see the great bargains you can get at our store."

They donâ??t accept mattresses or appliances, but if you have an appliance youâ??d like to donate, you are asked to call the Salvation Army however to see if accommodations can be made. Gibbons also urges people not to drop items off on the curb after hours.

Next the Salvation Army is looking for volunteers who can help pick up and deliver furniture being donated. If you're interested in volunteering or have questions about any donations youâ??re asked to call the Salvation Army Thrift Store at (641)-682-3606.