TORONTO, Jan. 24, 2017 /CNW/ - The Salvation Army Thrift Store opens newest location in East York Toronto to assist in building a stronger community for families and individuals in need.
Opening its doors with a special Grand Opening ceremony at 9 a.m. on Thursday, January 26th at 60 Overlea Boulevard, the Thrift Store will provide assistance to the most vulnerable in East York. "There is a strong sense of family and community in East York that we are proud and excited to be a part of," said Michele Walker, National Retail Operations Manager at The Salvation Army Thrift Store.
Situated in Thorncliffe Park, one of Canada's most multi-cultural and fastest growing communities, the new location will offer great savings with 12,000 square feet of retail space filled with gently used clothing, household items and furniture. The new Thrift Store location is already creating a buzz among the community, which has Toronto's largest percentage of children new to the country.
"A mainstay of our mission is to help support the communities in which we operate, giving to our neighbours who can use a helping hand through our voucher program, special sales and our GoodWorks@WorkTM initiatives that supports various local programs," said Walker.
For individuals and families who need assistance, The Salvation Army Thrift Store offers vouchers provided through Salvation Army community and social service programs which can be redeemed for clothing and other items. In an effort to integrate into the community, the Thrift Store has worked closely with local non-profits for recruiting and will have a 'Community Corner' in store with free reading materials.
"We want to provide a space for families and neighbours to thrive," said Walker. "Donations made and funds raised will stay in this community to provide support to vital Salvation Army programs and services. So come out to the Grand Opening to shop, donate and show your support in aiding us to make a difference."
For the Grand Opening there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony, refreshments, giveaways and a 'welcome mural' done by students of Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute and Leaside High School in different languages to greet guests from diverse backgrounds. Speaking will be MP Rob Oliphant and Commissioner Susan McMillan, the Territorial Commander of The Salvation Army in Canada and Bermuda.
The store includes a dedicated Donor Welcome Centre with donations accepted seven days a week. Store hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. The Donor Welcome Centre is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., and Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
About The Salvation Army Thrift Store:
The Salvation Army Thrift Store (National Recycling Operations) supports the mission of The Salvation Army in Canada with its community and social programs by generating funds and making a positive influence. As part of a national charitable organization, The Salvation Army Thrift Store operates 109 stores across Canada and relies upon the generous donations of guests to help support those in need. For a community needs list, and to learn more about The Salvation Army Thrift Store, visit www.thriftstore.ca.
SOURCE The Salvation Army
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