VOLUNTARY DONATION: Patricia Robson, Larraine Richardson and Ray Barrett with the Salvation Army Store manager Sarah Millyard (red) and Captain Greg Pack (back).
VOLUNTARY DONATION: Patricia Robson, Larraine Richardson and Ray Barrett with the Salvation Army Store manager Sarah Millyard (red) and Captain Greg Pack (back). Sarah Harvey

New home for Salvo's op-shop

EIGHTEEN years on from the opening of the Salvo's first store in Ipswich, a newer and bigger retail family store opened its doors in the CBD.

The Salvation Army store has moved from its Ellenborough St home to a new prominent location on Brisbane St.

A team of 20 volunteers man the store which is also the new hub for the Salvo's community support services.

Manager Sarah Millyard said the lead up to the store's opening has been hectic.

"It's been pretty busy as the whole move of the store has been a big effort from there to here. That was set up as an op-shop whereas this is a retail store with the community support office," she said.

Ms Millyard said the volunteers play an important role in allowing more revenue to be returned to the community.

"We are extremely grateful. Every volunteer has different skills that they can give back to the store. They become part of the community and it gives the shop a very good feeling."

They are seeking donations to keep the new store stocked with bargains from clothes, to books and furniture.

There are also the odd items which leave the staff scratching their heads.

"We get some interesting things, old pieces that turn up. Items that we don't know what they were used for back then.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said every dollar spent at the store will be returned to the community 100 fold.

Donations can be made at the shop during businesses hours.

For more information on donations, call 3202 1668 and for community support services 3812 3005.



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