Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Salvation Army Struggles To Keep Up With Influx Of Mets Clothing Being Donated

Worker sorts through Mets merchandise at NYC Salvation Army store
The holidays are always a busy time for the folks at the Salvation Army.   Whether people are overcome with the spirit of giving or just looking to de-clutter their lives at the end of the year, donations to organizations like the Salvation Army are up this time of year.  This is usually a good thing but this year the organization is facing a new problem.

Walking into the Salvation Army Thrift Store on 46th street the problem becomes clear.  "Is this the Mets clubhouse shop?", a customer can be heard wondering aloud.  Apparently, disgruntled Mets fans are unloading all of their merchandise en masse and stores like this one are becoming overwhelmed with Mets merchandise.

 "Normally a lot of donations is a good thing.", said Molly Gordy, director of PR for the Salvation Army.  "Unfortunately, this stuff isn't selling and we are getting overwhelmed.  Even thrift store customers don't seem to want it and it ends up costing us a lot of money to haul to the dump."

The Salvation Army is asking people to refrain from donating any more Mets merchandise.  Unfortunately it may be too late.  Due in large part to the news of Cliff Lee signing with the rival Phillies, several truckloads of Mets merchandise are expected to arrive at the Salvation Army for sorting tomorrow.

All articles featured on The Apple are fictitious. No Mets were harmed in the writing of this story.

While I poke a little fun here there is nothing funny about the need for charity during the winter months.  The Mets are holding a coat drive today and even giving out free tickets for donating.  

Click here for details about the Mets Coat Drive

Click here for more info about the Salvation Army

Click here for more info about New York Cares Annual Coat Drive

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