Large pile of trash dumped at Salvation Army

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (WDTV)-- When workers arrived to the Salvation Army on Locust Avenue in Fairmont Monday morning they were welcomed to an unpleasant surprise.

"Our parking lot was littered with trash. old couches, televisions, mattresses, all of which were ripped, stained, torn, unusable, unworkable, it was very overwhelming," said Heather Hawkins, Director, Salvation Army.

The trash creates extra work for employees and it puts a financial strain on the organization.

"I didn't know where to go from here because we typically get some donations over the weekend, but not this volume. I thought oh my gosh what do I do with all of this stuff. We ended up calling a local guy who was able to come and get it and haul it away. Of course we have to pay him for that so that straps our resources to be able to help with those in need," said Hawkins.

Hawkins said they have experienced this problem in the past, but this is the worst she has ever seen.

"The amount of stuff that was out there was unreal. I can deal with one couch or a couple of boxes of stuff if it's trash, but this was way over the top," said Hawkins.

A police report was filed for illegal dumping and trespassing. She said while most people have good intentions of donating, she believes others are simply trying to find a quick fix to avoid the costs.

"We assist with rental evictions, utility terminations, clothing, food for people, and that straps those resources to have to deal with the mess in my parking lot," said Hawkins.

This is the first time the organization has had to file a police report for illegal dumping.

They are also considering to purchase security cameras in the future. Hawkins said if you want to donate, it is best to do so through the week during business hours instead of the weekend.

She also said they are always in need of furniture. If you would like to donate you can visit the store or call 304-366-2601.