Glenda Gilham from the Salvation Army in Warwick provides warmth for the town’s poor and homeless.
Glenda Gilham from the Salvation Army in Warwick provides warmth for the town’s poor and homeless.

Salvos and Vinnies to help needy

HAVING food and a nice comfy bed is something many of us take for granted, but for the poor and homeless Rose City residents, it is a luxury they have this winter, thanks to local charities.

Glenda Gilham, from the Salvation Army in Warwick, said while they had adequate supplies to get them through this winter, they always counted on donations from the public every year.

“We do try to provide as much as possible for the poor and homeless people in the Warwick area,” Mrs Gilham said.

“There aren’t so many homeless people in Warwick, those who have no shelter are mostly passing by, spending a few nights in the area before moving somewhere else.

“We work with Saint Vincent de Paul Society in this, and that ensures that our supplies are more than enough at all times.

“We have an excellent co-operation with them and we serve one common and very important cause.”

Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul take weekly turns in providing for the poor in the Rose City.

“The system we follow allows us to fulfil the community’s needs and still manage to have enough supplies to cover every need,” Mrs Gilham said.

“We want to keep helping those who can’t afford to have a decent standard of living, and every contribution is welcome.

“We need all the help we can get and we appreciate everythingpeople give us. We serve a very good cause and, hopefully, our mindset is shared by lots of community members.”

Having food and protection from the cold is vital in the winter.

Of course, both the Salvos and Vinnies count on contributions made by people, whether it’smoney or second-hand clothes, furniture, shoes – anything that could be useful.

The less fortunate ones need their help in order to get through the winter, so if there is any piece of clothing you may not need or any money you can spare, just drop by their stores to donate to the Salvos or Vinnies.



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