HELPING: Salvation Army Warana volunteers Afra Bacon and Glennis Barnett with the tickets.
HELPING: Salvation Army Warana volunteers Afra Bacon and Glennis Barnett with the tickets.

Support at Salvos

GLENNIS BARNETT has volunteered at the Salvation Army for 15 years and has seen some lovely gestures of community spirit.

Last week, one topped the list.

A man walked into the Salvation Army store in Warana and handed over two movie tickets to a family "who needed them more".

Glennis said for a lot of families across the Coast, this was an expense they would not be able to afford.

"He's such a lovely man, and didn't want any fuss," Glennis said.

"He's only just recently put his wife into care at Buderim and said he wanted to help.

"He's going to come in and be a volunteer with us."

Glennis said the tickets were handed over to welfare who chose a family to give the tickets to.

"It blew us away, we see some great things and some terrible things, and this was one of those great ones."

Caloundra Salvation Army Captain Stuart Glover said for a person to have some extra money and think of someone else was a true definition of generosity and we were blessed to have people like this on the coast.

"This will mean the world to a local family," he said.

"To be able to take their kids to see the Jungle Book and spend the day as a family... we thank people in our local community for all the support they give, it comes in all shapes and sizes which is wonderful."

The gesture is just one the Salvation Army store sees, and public relations co-ordinator Leanne Harrison said as they were preparing for the Red Shield Appeal on May 28-29 they would see how big the heart of the Coast truly was.

Each May, volunteers knock on doors asking for a donation to go towards programs the Salvation Army offers.

"We see lots of lovely gestures, and we try to help out as much as we can here at the Salvation Army," Leanne said.

"Every Tuesday night The Street Ministry has a two-course meal from 4.30-5.30pm here and it's for all people - those struggling, if they're lonely, without family or homeless."

"The Red Shield Appeal helps us get out into our community," Leanne said.

"That face to face knocking is really positive.

""We're out in the community collecting money, but we're out to connect with our community.

"Every dollar helps."

If you can lend a hand and help with the door knock, contact your local Salvation Army store.


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