One of the best things you can do is donate unwanted and/or unneeded items to Salvation Army Thrift Stores as those proceeds help the many good things they do in our communities. However, there are 7 specific types of items Salvation Army Thrift Stores in Illinois and Missouri won't accept.

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For this list, I went straight to the source - The Salvation Army Thrift Store Frequently Asked Questions page. If you have any questions about something you think would help, contact the Salvation Army Thrift Store near you. This is a general guide only based on items they specify that they cannot accept. Here they are.

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Here's the exact wording about appliances they won't take from the Salvation Army Thrift Store website:

Any appliances that have mechanical difficulties, missing power cord or is rusty or dirty. No gas appliances whatsoever.

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Have a large console TV or stereo? That's on the "won't accept" list for Salvation Army Thrift Stores.

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TV's that date back more than 5 years are not acceptable and they specify that you can find the date your TV was manufactured on the back.

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It should be obvious, but you'd be surprised how many appliances that used to be built into homes are removed and brought to some thrift stores.

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Your heart is in the right place if you think you have auto parts that would help those in need. However, it's on the not list according to the Salvation Army Thrift Store site.

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Unfortunately, but understandably, no paints or chemicals of any kind are accepted.

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Kerosene and gas heaters are not accepted either.

Let's look on the positive side. There are almost a zillion (slight exaggeration) items that the Salvation Army Thrift Stores in Missouri and Illinois will gladly accept. Make sure to check out the official website for the do's and don'ts when your heart has that wonderful desire to help others.

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