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Burglars Strike Salvation Army Thrift Store

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The Salvation Army thrift store on Main Street in Anderson was the target of a burglary.

Police say it happened sometime on Wednesday night and was discovered by employees on Thursday morning.

The news devastated DJ Hill who tell us she has no doubts about where she'd be, if it wasn't for the Salvation Army.

"I'd be homeless I would, and my children would probably be in foster care," Hill said.

Hill was devastated when she showed up at the Anderson Salvation Army Thrift Store, to find windows boarded up.

Anderson Police say Wednesday night someone smashed through the windows destroying furniture, and stealing more than $1,000.

And causing thousands more in damage.  

"It breaks my heart that somebody could be that cold," Hill said.

Money made here at the thrift store provides things like food, shelter, and clothing to those in need.

It also helps people pay their utility bills.

All services the Salvation Army says it was already struggling to provide.

"We are already in bad shape before this happened," Anderson County Salvation Army Office Manager, Amy Cheek said.

Cheek tells us the food pantry is running on empty, there's not enough food to make it through the end of the month.

"They are stealing from the poor," Cheek said.

Cheek worries money that now has to be spent on repairs, could force the organization to turn people away. 

"It's a horrible feeling when we have to turn someone away for any service," Cheek said.  

DJ Hill can't imagine what would have happened if she was turned away.  

"I wouldn't have been able to give my children Christmas if it weren't for the Salvation Army," Cheek said.

The Anderson Salvation Army tells us they are in desperate need of canned goods, bedroom furniture, and children's summer clothes.

If you would like to help and donate, please call 864-225-7381 ext. 203.

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