The Salvation Army of Fort McMurray is preparing for a busy winter season.
Major Steve Hibbs said the non-profit organization had a great summer thanks to a donation from the Building Trades of Alberta.
The organization donated $300,000 to the Salvation Army last month.
“The gift from the Building Trades of Alberta was absolutely great timing, and certainly took the pressure off of how we do things now and [going] forward.”
Over the past year, the Salvation Army was short on much-needed funds to cover the cost of programs and mandated renovations.
However, Major Steve called the gift from the Building Trades an ‘unexpected gift’.
He added the funds enable them to shore up their social services, family services, and the soup kitchen.
The Thrift Store reopened this week after staff closed its doors for three days to prepare winter stock.
Due to an early frost, Major Steve said they’re asking residents to donate extra winter clothing for those less fortunate.
“Anything like winterwear that a community like Fort McMurray that’s so generous if you’re doing a closet cleanout or picking up extra things at a store, then please consider socks, gloves, mitts and hats, that would be absolutely phenomenal.”
He added there was a special need for coats, winter boots, and outdoor workwear.
“In our emergency [men’s] shelter, we’re always connecting people with construction teams in our community. We supply as much work wear that we possibly can.”
Looking ahead, Major Steve said they’re always appreciative for extra help with community outreach.
Volunteer opportunities are available for the upcoming Thanksgiving Dinner on Oct. 10.
“If people want to help out with preparing, setting up, or volunteering in any way, just call our centre and they’ll get the direction that they’re looking for.”
Also, the annual Christmas Dinner is on Dec. 14.
Don’t forget the Kettle Campaign begins on Nov, 18.