Sal­va­tion Army

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Community News - By Katy Josce­lyne

Be­hind the pub­lic face of its many Fam­ily Stores, the

Sal­va­tion Army pro­vides a range of ser­vices to mem­bers of the com­mu­nity. In the 1860s the founder, Wil­liam Booth orig­i­nally just pro­vided help and spir­i­tual guid­ance to home­less and ad­dicted men in Lon­don. His aim was to help these in­di­vid­u­als on a path of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and to mo­ti­vate them to pass this as­sis­tance on to an­other man in need. To­day, the Salvos, as they are af­fec­tion­ately known, work tire­lessly to pro­vide phys­i­cal, emo­tional, spir­i­tual and fi­nan­cial sup­port to men, women and fam­i­lies who are do­ing it tough.

Their aim is to help these peo­ple gain greater in­de­pen­dence in lead­ing a more ful­fill­ing and re­spon­si­ble life.

The Fam­ily stores, through your gen­er­ous do­na­tions, con­trib­ute the money to un­der­pin these aims.

This month, the fo­cus of the Du­ral and Glenorie stores is on the big team of vol­un­teers who sort thou­sands of items of cloth­ing and shoes.

Ev­ery­thing from scarves to skirts and skivvies, T- shirts and tops, dresses and din­ner jack­ets: each item is checked for qual­ity be­fore be­ing placed in the shop. Good qual­ity sur­plus items are sent to a huge char­ity ware­house where they are shipped to Dubai, re-sorted and then sent to needy com­mu­ni­ties in North Africa.

Our range of shoes changes daily. We try to re­home ev­ery­thing from steel capped boots to bal­le­rina’s slip-ons. We are al­ready pre­par­ing for the warmer months with san­dals and strap­pies. Sadly, we have been un­able to sell sin­gle shoes de­spite these turn­ing up on a reg­u­lar ba­sis! We also do not of­fer for re­sale cardi­gans mi­nus but­tons, jack­ets and jeans with bro­ken zips, stained, torn and thread­bare gar­ments.

Both stores will be running an­other Storewide Half Price Day on Friday 31 Au­gust. Come in and cel­e­brate with us the won­der­ful work done by staff and Vol­un­teers, and help us launch aware­ness of Na­tional Op Shop week which will com­mence soon after.

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