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Thrift shops and charities to avoid this season (and year-round)

Posted on | December 19, 2011 | 2 Comments

If you are local to Portland, you may have seen this post on Portland Rescue Mission last year. My first car was actually purchased through Portland Rescue Mission and it shocked and saddened me to read that they discriminate against gay people.

Today I came across this post, which bummed me out even more. As you know, I used to LOVE Salvation Army. Despite the giant cross on the wall, I liked to shop there. We attended a new store’s grand opening recently. I’ve found great stuff there. But le sigh, I am not going to be shopping there anymore.

The Salvation Army has a history of active discrimination against gays and lesbians. While you might think you’re helping the hungry and homeless by Thumbnail image for Why you shouldn’t give to the Salvation Armydropping a few dollars in the bright red buckets, not everyone can share in the donations. Many LGBT people are rejected by the evangelical church charity because they’re “sexually impure.”

The organization also has a record of actively lobbying governments worldwide for anti-gay policies – including an attempt to make consensual gay sex illegal. (Yes, you’re paying lobbyists with those donations.)

Read the full thing here.

Whether you are an avid thrifter like me or have thrown some change to their bell-ringers, please don’t support this awful ‘charity’. Despite raising prices, Goodwill does not discriminate. Value Village has no mention of religion on their website and are generally my favorite chain thrift store. Deseret Industries is affiliated with the LDS church but I haven’t found any mention of discrimination. If you have information that I have left out or more stores to suggest, please leave it in the comments!


2 Responses to “Thrift shops and charities to avoid this season (and year-round)”

  1. Melissa
    December 20th, 2011 @ 2:43 AM

    Thanks for pointing this out, Janine. It’s a bummer that the Salvation Army has the only thrift shop on our island. I definitely share your love of Value Village and am crossing my fingers that our next move brings us closer to one!

  2. Tashina
    December 20th, 2011 @ 1:28 PM

    I think it’s really great that you are reminding people that giving money to charity doesn’t always mean it’s a good charity. It’s really important to do your research and find one that fits with your morals and values.

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