I have always been a great supporter of the Salvation Army and the excellent work that it does. Whenever I am looking for anything in the line of furniture or small appliances I always try there first and I have been a regular customer and donator for many years. Imagine my surprise then when I tried to donate some unwanted furniture to the Salvation Army and was told by their pick up crew that it was not up to their required standards and as a result they refused to take the furniture. Admittedly nothing I offered was direct from a furniture showroom but I find it personally insulting that they would suggest that furniture which was in normal use until just a few days ago was not acceptable. I offered them a table and dining chairs and the table legs do need a coat of paint. I offered them a very large 3-Seater sofa with recliners at each end and they told me it was damaged – there is not one speck of damage on this item. I also had at least half a dozen other items to offer them, but they simply refused to look at them. I was even more surprised as a result of the fact that the items I was offering were in far better condition than some of the scruffy, dilapidated pieces of junk that the Salvation Army has for sale at its local branch. I would be interested to know why those pieces were acceptable and mine are not. I can only draw the conclusion that they only want perfect, pristine items which can be sold for top dollar. This makes me very sad for the many people on a very tight budget who go to the Salvation Army in the hope of finding something at a reasonable price. A table and dining chairs for $20 or $30 would have been very nice for someone even if it did need a coat of paint. A large three-seater couch for $50 would have been very nice for someone even if they did have to live with the imaginary damage. Ultimately this abysmal experience with the Salvation Army can only lead me to the conclusion that I am not only wasting my time making donations but it is also pointless for me to bother shopping there in future, as it is quite clear that everything they have to sell is going to be out of my price range. I would still like to believe that the Salvation Army has the best possible motives for everything it does, but I also believe that the organization has been very poorly served here by the driver (Phillip) and his supervisor (Jeff) who not only turned down some perfect serviceable items which could have been a great benefit to someone who needed them at a bargain price but also totally insulted and alienated a long term supporter of the organization. The saddest element in this tale of woe is that these pieces will now be either given away for free or disposed of in the garbage. This is of no benefit to the Salvation Army or to the needy people who depend on them for support. In conclusion, might I suggest to anyone reading this that you do not waste your time trying to donate to the Salvation Army. No good deed goes unpunished. If you are reading this on Facebook please pass this on to as many people as you can to save them the embarrassment of being told that their donations do not meet the supposedly high standards of the Salvation Army.