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Fort Madison Salvation Army thrift store to close

One of Southeast Iowa’s two Salvation Army thrift stores is closing

Salvation Army officials said the Fort Madison thrift store costs a lot of money to keep open and that money could go elsewhere.

Major Leanna Tuttle said the store’s purpose was to serve as a money-making opportunity for the local Salvation Army, but now it’s diverting funds from other important services.

They said the shutdown down won’t affect the Dimond Center or the services it offers.

“The money we raise throughout the year helps to cover the utilities and rent assistance that we do and sometimes it helps with medications that they need and even gas to getting back and forth to different doctors appointments,” Tuttle said.

The store plans to close November 15th.

With the holiday season starting to ramp up, Salvation Army officials say they’re already looking for bell ringers.

Major Tuttle said the funds raised during the Christmas season help sustain the centers for the whole year, not just during the holidays.

Blake Sammann

Blake Sammann is a reporter and weekend anchor at WGEM News.

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