JULY is a very significant month for the Salvation Army as members worldwide celebrate the vision and initiative of an English Methodist husband and wife team, William and Catherine Booth.
Recognising the poverty and destitution of many people in the East End of London, this couple held a meeting on 2nd July 1865 to see how they could offer help and Christian guidance to people in need. Within 13 years of its inception, a newspaper drafted an article mentioning the “army of volunteers” who were now involved, and the name SALVATION ARMY was born.
This army of willing helpers soon spread throughout Britain, and in 1881 the first meeting was held here in Australia. Today, the organisation is held in high esteem and loved for its non- judgemental presence in all walks of life across all cultures, races and religions. During both World Wars their presence generated the widely heard saying “ Thank God for the Salvos.” as they offered hope and solace to soldiers and displaced people.
Today, the Salvos in Australia care for 2000 people every night, offering food, lodging and hope to those less fortunate than ourselves.
The cold weather has now descended in the Hills District with the occasional frost on the ground and the smell of wood fires wafting on the breeze. If you are feeling the winter chill, come into our Dural Store on Quarry Road, curl up in the Community Corner with a complimentary tea or coffee and then browse through the thousands of quality-checked items waiting for a new home. Clothes, shoes, china, books, toys, games, sports equipment, furniture, bric a brac, electrical items, collectables: it is all here at bargain prices for you to enjoy. And get ready for our end of month Storewide Half Price Day which will be held on Wed 31 July in both stores.
Our Manager, Juanita, can be contacted for confidential advice and referral if you wish to discuss a personal issue. Just ring the Dural Store on 9651 4504 to see when she is available to meet you.