Op shop on top with re­cent move

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS WEL­COME - Carly Cullen [email protected]­news.com.au

FROM the mid­dle of town to the top of the street.

The Sal­va­tion Army op­por­tu­nity shop in Caloundra has re­lo­cated from Cen­tre­point Ar­cade to 13/50 Bul­cock St.

Al­though the shift is lit­er­ally just up the road, the store is hop­ing it will drive more traf­fic to visit the shop and pro­vide the com­mu­nity with a chance to sup­port those in need by pur­chas­ing pre-loved thrift shop trea­sures.

Sal­va­tion Army store man­ager Stephen Lown­des said the re­lo­ca­tion was “a re­ally good move” and the new fa­cil­ity was ideal.

“We’re mov­ing for­ward and stay­ing up­dated and we loved the build­ing and have kept it all orig­i­nal,” he said.

“We hope more do­na­tions will come in through the door too.”

In the wake of the re­cent floods Townsville, Sal­va­tion Army Emer­gency Ser­vices (SAES) have stepped up to help.

SAES teams have served hun­dreds of meals from three evac­u­a­tion cen­tres to flood-af­fected res­i­dents from more than 20 suburbs where homes have been in­un­dated by flood­wa­ters.

Mr Lown­des said Coast res­i­dents can as­sist by do­nat­ing goods to the cause.

“This is about gen­er­at­ing more money for those we help and those in need,” he said.

“We’ve set up do­na­tions for Townsville specif­i­cally at the mo­ment so peo­ple do­nat­ing just need to la­bel any­thing they want go­ing up there.

“That’s the whole mis­sion of ev­ery­thing we do, ev­ery­thing I do, the rea­son I get out of bed ev­ery morn­ing.”

The new store is al­ready op­er­at­ing but store man­ager Robyn Deas said there is a need for more vol­un­teers.

“We could al­ways use more help­ing hands,” she said.

PHOTO: CARLY CULLEN

OP SHOP MAGIC: Sal­va­tion Army store man­ager Stephen Lown­des and vol­un­teer Cather­ine Wood­ward have trea­sures just wait­ing to be found in store.

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