Does the money collected in the Salvation Army buckets at the local stores stay in Lawrence? Why are the Salvation Army thrift shop items priced so expensively that the needy people in Lawrence can't afford them?
According to local Salvation Army officials, the money collected in Lawrence stays in Lawrence. It goes first to pay the salaries of the bell ringers, who are seasonal employees of the Salvation Army, then to other organization programs such as Toys for Tots.
Merchandise at the thrift stores is priced according to a national standard set by the Salvation Army's national headquarters, but officials said the prices are adjustable and if people are in need of a particular item, the store will try to take care of them. Revenue from the thrift stores goes to support adult rehabilitation centers located in major metropolitan areas nationwide.