Salvation Army moves to new office

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 14, 2005

Natchez &8212; The Salvation Army&8217;s Natchez office has an announcement &8212; and it&8217;s not about evacuee assistance or Christmas fund-raising.

Instead, Assistant Director Janet Trahern is making a desperate call to the public not to drop off donations at the agency&8217;s old location on North Canal Street.

Books, clothing and other assorted items can be found dumped all along the front of the old location.

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&8220;I keep sending someone out there to clean it up, but people keep on dumping things there,&8221; Trahern said from the Salvation Army&8217;s new location in the Belmont Shopping Center on U.S. 61 South.

The agency&8217;s office and thrift store are both up and running again, Trahern said earlier this week.

After more than half a century at the Canal Street location, the Salvation Army moved to Belmont for a bigger thrift store building and more parking space.

At the old location, people seeking help from the nonprofit would frequently line Canal Street with their cars, causing traffic backups.

Trahern said she doesn&8217;t yet know what will be done with the old buildings, which belong to the local Salvation Army office.

Meanwhile, signs are posted along the front of the former thrift store, urging people to visit the new location &8212; and to take their donated items with them.

&8220;Any items you leave here will be damaged or stolen,&8221; the signs read.