Salvation Army encourages 'regifting'

Posted January 4, 2011 6:06 p.m. EST

— People who got a holiday gift that's not quite right can preserve the feelings of the giver and do a good deed at the same time with the Salvation Army's "Holiday Gift Amnesty Program."

Three Durham County Salvation Army locations are accepting unwanted gifts to be sold at The Salvation Army Family Store, 3167 Hillsborough Road, with profits funding the non-profit's job training and creation efforts.

Gifts can be dropped off between Jan. 5 and Feb. 28 at the store Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Boys and Girls Club, 810 N. Alston Ave., weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and at Salvation Army administrative offices, 909 Liberty St. , weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.

"Only the thriftiest shoppers among your relatives will ever suspect that you might have ‘regifted’ The Salvation Army with what they gave you,” said Major Bruce Smith.