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Scarborough's Salvation Army Issues Thanks For Donations

Scarborough's Salvation Army Issues Thanks For Donations

Published by Karen Liu at 12:21pm 21st April 2020. (Updated at 3:24pm 21st April 2020)

The Salvation Army has thanked the public and businesses in Scarborough for their help during the Coronavirus crisis.

The Army issued a SOS in March as stocks in their food bank dwindled, leading to fears that they would not be able to meet an anticipated rise in requests for food parcels from vulnerable people across the town and Eastfield. 

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Since then donations from members of the public and local businesses have meant the Army has been able to meet ‘a significant rise’ in demand, either from individuals visiting The Citadel centre on Alma Parade, or requests for home deliveries.

Scarborough Corps Major Stephen Noble said:

"We would like to say a huge thank you to the generosity of the public and to businesses who have donated products which has allowed us to continue to run our food bank.

We have had a significant rise from what we normally receive in the number of requests for help over the last month or so. 

It has been our immense privilege of dealing with people, and organisations like Morrisons and Tesco, who have provided such wonderful examples of generosity in either donating food or making financial contributions towards our work."

Major Noble gave the example of a woman who visited the centre. 

He said:

"A lady donated to us a small amount of money in a box. She said it was all she had but wanted to bless the work we are doing. 

There was also a man who had been homeless but he gave us a huge donation. To receive such generosity is truly humbling."

A team of volunteers deliver food parcels across the town as well as providing a hot meal at a regular weekly takeaway.

Major Noble added:

"We want to thank them and all those who have offered to volunteer for us. 

We apologise that we cannot accept everybody’s help as as we’re trying to keep the number of volunteers in our team small to ensure we can keep them safe."

Major Noble said the Army wanted to emphasis it is ready to help anyone, even if they find it difficult asking for help.

He said:

"We’re aware there may be people who feel too proud to ask the Salvation Army for help, but we want to say that whoever you are we’re here to support you.

We want to assure you of discretion in the way we support you, whatever the need may be."

 The Army is open weekdays from 10-noon to receive donations. It also has a dedicated JustGiving page. JustGiving (Scarborough Salvation Army). 

Requests for emergency food parcels can be made to the centre, on Scarborough (01723) 378603.

Major Stephen Noble's been speaking to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Karen Liu:

 

 

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