NO SPACE: The Salvation Army’s Major Margaret Dobbie with items donated for flood-affected people. Now, they’re turning away donations because they have no more space.
NO SPACE: The Salvation Army’s Major Margaret Dobbie with items donated for flood-affected people. Now, they’re turning away donations because they have no more space. Sarah Harvey

Salvos centre full to brim

WEARY Salvation Army staff have been forced to turn away donations because their Ipswich Bargain Centre is full to the brim.

Salvation Army Major Margaret Dobbie said staff had even copped abuse as they knocked the donations back.

She said there was simply no more space at their South Street centre, which is filled with everything from children’s bikes to furniture and clothing, just waiting for those affected by floods to come and take them away.

“People want to help and we are so grateful that they want to do it, but we just can’t take anymore,” Major Dobbie said.

“We are just not getting it out fast enough.

“It is not until people find accommodation that they can take donations and we have nowhere to store anything.”

But in the midst of overwhelming generosity, she said there had been questionable donations such as a torn lounge suite which was in no fit state to be given out.

“As soon as people could get in here we had donations and we tried pushing for cash so we wouldn’t end up like this,” Major Dobbie said.

“But we have also had things we can’t give away like dirty sheets and doonas.

“They are only fit for the rubbish – and it’s going to cost us to dump them.”

The sheer volume of the donated goods meant the bargain centre could not operate until space could be cleared.

Major Dobbie said anyone who wanted to donate anything was encouraged to wait at least a month.

“Maybe by then, people affected by the floods would have taken away the things given to us,” she said.

“That would be very good.”

She said the organisation also had 70 school bags packed with stationery, a lunch box and a drink container, which were available to give away to children of flood-affected families.

For more information on what is available or how you can help, contact the Salvation Army on 3812  3117.



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