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Health care workers throughout Rockford will be cleaning out their closets this month to give back to those in need. May 6-31, health care uniform retailers Scrubs & Beyond and Life Uniform are holding their annual scrub trade-in event, giving Rockford-area customers the opportunity to donate clean, gently worn uniforms to The Salvation Army of Rockford, which serves adults, families and children in Rockford in need of rehabilitation, housing, help as a result of homelessness, and disaster relief.
Scrubs & Beyond and Life Uniform locations in Rockford will serve as collection sites for the donations. Customers receive 20 percent off any regular price scrub item as a thank-you for the donation of a clean, gently worn scrub item.
“This is a great opportunity for us to give back to the communities where we live and work,” said Karla Bakersmith, president of Scrubs & Beyond. “The event is highly anticipated among customers every year. Last year, customers donated more than 50,000 scrubs, and our goal is to surpass that in 2014.”
The Salvation Army utilizes its Family Stores to sell donated goods and generate revenue to transform lives at its adult rehabilitation centers, veterans affairs services, prison ministries, elderly services, hunger relief efforts, housing and homeless services, Christmas assistance, and youth camps and recreation.
“We appreciate the clothing donations being collected by Scrubs & Beyond and Life Uniform,” said Major Robert McClintock of the local Salvation Army. “Thanks to active community involvement like this, we are able to continue our mission of serving those among us who are in need.”
Scrubs & Beyond and Life Uniform, the country’s largest health care retailers, are partnering with The Salvation Army units in 32 states for this year’s trade-in event.
Posted May 21, 2014