Charlotte non-profits hope for donations following SouthPark roof collapse
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CHARLOTTE -- Most of the stores inside SouthPark Mall are now back open following Friday's roof collapse and flash flooding. But, crews are still busy making repairs. The worst damage happened at the Gap and Banana Republic stores.
Tens of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise was damaged but local non-profits are hoping to benefit from those slightly-altered goods.
"They would certainly be helpful to us. I know they have a lot to work through there and we feel for them," said Maj. Gerald Street with the Salvation Army.
He helps run the Adult Rehabilitation Center, a 120-bed facility helping men fight addiction to drugs and alcohol. It's funded entirely on the resale of donated goods.
Street says the items salvaged from the impacted stores would fly off their shelves and bring a big boost to the program, if their insurance companies allow it.
"We don't want to come in and be pouncing on their misfortune but there is an opportunity to make some use out of the goods they have," he added.
Habitat for Humanity says its already made calls to the Gap, Banana Republic and Pottery Barn for any furniture or fixtures for its re-store.
They say they have yet to get a response. The non-profits say they've received donations from similar retailers in the past.
Mall officials could not be reached for comment.