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The group states closing the sites will help lower operation costs in the region

GRAPHIC PHOTO: GARY ALLEN - Donation center worker Don Bailey accepts a donation last week at the facility in the parking lot at the Newberg Fred Meyer store. The donation site is slated to close Aug. 30.

Ahead of a companywide restructuring process, the Salvation Army will close down its donations trucks throughout the Portland metro area, including its truck at the Fred Meyer in Newberg.

Alexa Morris, director of communications and marketing for the Salvation Army Cascade Divisional Headquarters, said service at the donations trucks – all of which are at Fred Meyer stores – will cease Aug. 30.

"Donations will continue to be accepted at the Salvation Army family stores," Morris said. "Accepting donations at our stores will lower our operation costs, which allows us to serve more people in need."

She said restructuring the company's thrift store model will also help lower operation costs. The family stores are located on Southeast Hogan Road in Gresham, Southeast 82nd Street in Portland, Northeast Lancaster Drive in Salem and Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard in Vancouver, Wash.

"Fred Meyer has been a long standing partner with The Salvation Army and we're thankful for the years they provided space for our donation trucks in their local parking lots," Morris said.

She added that those employees who do not find other jobs at Salvation Army programs will receive severance pay commensurate with their length of employment, as well as outplacement services to help them find other jobs.

"The Salvation Army in the Portland continues to offer many programs to serve the public from shelters for veterans and their family members to food pantries strategically located across the Portland Metro area," Morris said.

The Salvation Army has a veterans and family center in Beaverton; a women's and children's center in an undisclosed location; the White Shield Center in northwest Portland; the Safe Harbor Program in Portland; Camp Kuratli in Boring; the Gresham Corps and Community Center; the Moore Streets Corps and Community Center in Portland; the Portland Tabernacle; and the Tualatin Valley Citadel in Hillsboro.

Sandra Solis, the corps officer for the Yamhill County branch of the Salvation Army in McMinnville, declined to comment for this story, instead referring questions to Morris.


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