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Salvation Army returns to old home
by Steve Beavers
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Salvation Army Director Michelle Miles (left) and assistant director Cindy Burcham put items out at the agency's new home on Lackey Drive. / Staff photo by Steve Beavers
Salvation Army Director Michelle Miles (left) and assistant director Cindy Burcham put items out at the agency's new home on Lackey Drive. / Staff photo by Steve Beavers
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The Salvation Army is back where it all started.

A whirlwind move was completed by agency workers over the weekend, putting them back at a familiar spot.

The agency is back up and running at 2200 Lackey Drive, a place it spent 16 years before moving to a location on U.S. Highway 72, after being closed for three and a half days. The building had been used as the agency's bale operation the last two years.

"The crew worked so hard getting everything ready to open Tuesday," said Salvation Army Director Michelle Miles. "I couldn't ask for a better crew."

Seven employees from the local agency plus another three from Ripley worked diligently Thursday through Monday in putting items out. The agency was closed from noon Thursday through Monday before reopening Tuesday.

"We still have some things we need to do, but for the most part everything is going well," said Miles. "We had a really good day Tuesday."

Miles said new signs are in the works to draw more attention to the Salvation Army's new home.

"We have a lot of new ideas," she said. "Right now, we just want to get the word out we have moved for those who want to donate items."

Customers can expect to see some changes following the move.

"The thrift store is going to be bigger and brighter than ever before," said the director. "All of our merchandise has been newly sorted and put out and no one is going to beat our prices."

Miles plans on bringing back the bale sales along with a senior citizen discount day on Wednesday.

"Senior's Day will allow those 55 and over to receive a 15 percent discount when they check out," said Miles.

The Salvation Army is an emergency need agency. Proceeds from the thrift store help fund the social service programs of the agency.

"Money generated from the thrift store is put right back into the community," noted the director.

The director said the move wouldn't have been possible without the tireless work of employees, especially assistant director Cindy Burcham.

"Cindy kept everyone going in the right direction," said Miles. "It was a total team effort."

The Salvation Army is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. The social service part of the agency is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Those wanting to donate items to the Salvation Army whether it be clothing or furniture can call 287-6979.

"We are desperate for furniture right now," said Miles. "Anyone who could donate some items if would be greatly appreciated."
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