Salvation Army charity shops in our area are set to launch their new ‘Open Your Hearts & Wardrobes’ campaign next week.
The Salvation Army Trading Company (SATCoL) charity shops in Arbroath and Broughty Ferry launch their new campaign on Monday and are appealing for people to donate their unwanted clothes, shoes and accessories to help support their work throughout the UK.
The aim of the new campaign is to encourage people to have a wardrobe clear out, and inspire them to donate items they no longer wear or use to their local SATCoL charity shop, where the donated items can be put to good use and contribute to helping those in need.
The work of The Salvation Army includes providing overnight shelter for homeless people, supporting victims of trafficking, providing hot meals and companionship for lonely elderly people and offering rehabilitation support to those seeking to break free from alcohol or drug addiction.
“We’d like as many people as possible to participate in the ‘Open your hearts & wardrobes’ campaign” said Arlene McKenna, Area Manager for Salvation Army Trading Company. “The average UK household owns around £4,000 worth of clothes, and about 30 per cent of it hasn’t been worn in the last year. We want to encourage people to think about what’s lurking in the back of their wardrobe that they might be able to donate. Whether it’s a shirt that doesn’t fit, a party dress that hasn’t seen daylight for years, or a handbag that’s been replaced with a newer model – whatever you can spare – each and every donation will help us raise money to support the valuable work of The Salvation Army.”
The shops will be unveiling new window and in-store posters, and handing out leaflets to customers explaining what a huge difference donations of their unwanted wardrobe items could make. The shops are also happy to accept donations of toys, homewares, books, CDs and DVDs.
“We hope that the ‘Open your hearts & wardrobes’ campaign will resonate with customers old and new,” added Arlene. “We want to encourage people to stop and think about how something seemingly small, like donating a few items to a charity shop, really can make a significant difference to the lives of others.”
For more information on SATCoL charity shops visit www.wear2shop.co.uk
The Arbroath branch is at 118-120 High Street and in Broughty Ferry at 205 Brook Street.