The Salvation Army Trading Company (SATCoL) charity shop in Waterborne Walk, Leighton Buzzard has launched its new ‘Open your hearts & wardrobes’ campaign with an appeal to local people to donate their unwanted clothes, shoes and accessories and help support The Salvation Army’s valuable work in communities 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 the shop, where the donated items can be put to good use and contribute to helping those in need.
Donated items such as t-shirts, trousers, jumpers, shoes, handbags and coats, can be sold by SATCoL to raise money to help the Salvation Army continue its vital social and welfare services throughout the UK.
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 campaign,” said Julie Wardley, of the Salvation Army.
“The average UK household owns around £4,000 worth of clothes, and about 30% 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.”
The shop is also happy to accept donations of toys, homewares, books, CDs and DVDs.