The Salvation Army have opened their first Donation Centre, a building with the specific purpose of collecting donations from the public to sell in their charity shops both locally and across the UK. The Donation Centre, which opened its doors in West Bromwich in October, was born from the need of more donations to stock The Salvation Army’s chain of charity shops with the thought being that an out-of-town and purpose built centre is more convenient than a small shop in the centre of town. The Salvation Army hope that this new centre will see a great increase in donations, together with a greater breadth including furniture and other household items.

“I am very proud to be part of this new format Donation Centre which will combine the ease of dropping off at one of our clothing banks with the friendliness of a charity shop,” said Dennis Hill, Donation Centre Manager. “I believe our new concept will help us make progress on our social, environmental and economical goals, all of which benefit the good causes we support.”  

The old Blockbusters on Dudley Street was a great site for the new centre, the location being a key factor in the function of the building. Manager Dennis Hill says “The convenience of free parking and the ability to pull up outside the front will make it easy for everyone wanting to do some good with their unwanted items.” The easy access centre also provides a handy pick up service, so if you can’t fit your three-piece-suite into the back of your hatchback, a pick up can be organised at a time and place convenient for you.

Primarily, the centre needs your unwanted clothes and shoes, but also welcomes a whole host of other donated goods that can be sold to raise funds for the charity. There is also a small charity shop on site which will be selling a selection of the donations that aren’t sent to other shops, making your visit even more worthwhile! Dennis Hill added, “We know from feedback that donors appreciate their generosity benefitting the local community which, for us, is here within the West Midlands and we are pleased we can support this aspiration.”

Not only will this new initiative encourage the public to donate their unwanted items to a good cause, but will also give them the opportunity to volunteer. Dennis Hill added “One of the great things about our location, size and the variety of different activities we have on a daily basis is that we can welcome a large number of volunteers who want to give up their time and be a part of something special, all within a great team environment. I’m very excited at the prospect of managing this new pioneering concept for the Salvation Army in West Bromwich.”

If you’d like to pay a visit, The Salvation Army Donation Centre is located at 69 Dudley Street, West Bromwich B70 9RL and is open Monday – Saturday 9-5. There are also two donation banks on site with 24 hour access. For further enquiries please ask in store or call 0121 713 1960