Peter Parker, manager of the Salvo Store in Lismore, says his job is extremely rewarding.
Peter Parker, manager of the Salvo Store in Lismore, says his job is extremely rewarding. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Hats off to Salvos after 125 years

SOMETIMES people go to the Salvo Store looking for furniture or clothes and sometimes they just need someone to talk to.

This month marks the 125th anniversary of Salvation Army stores.

Peter Parker has been manager of the Salvation Army Store in Lismore for four years.

"We are there to help people in times of need and there are so many out there these days," Mr Parker said.

"We try and help them whichever way we can and sometimes they just need to get something off their chest."

In 1886 the Salvos began as the Prison Gate Brigade Home.

Now there are more than 100 stores helping more than one million Australians every year.

In the past two years the Salvation Army stores in the eastern territory have raised $25 million for vital work in the community.

All the proceeds from the Salvation Army stores go straight to the Salvos to help those less fortunate in the local community.

More than 35,000 people in need were helped with free items last year.

Salvos Stores general manager Neville Barrett said the 125th anniversary was a huge achievement.

"We want to use the birthday celebrations to express our gratitude to our customers, donors and volunteers," he said.

"When you shop at a Salvos Store you are helping The Salvation Army to make the community a better place. "

Mr Parker said on Tuesdays and Fridays, when the store was open, they can get anywhere up to 200 people through the door.

"It's a very rewarding job helping people who are really doing it tough," he said.

"We also get a lot of students from the uni setting up house at the beginning of the year."

Mr Parker sometimes gets some unusual and valuable items in the store.

"We once had an antique desk on the floor that we put up for tender, eventually raising $1000."

Salvo Stores are also the largest recycler of furniture in the southern hemisphere.

Salvo Stores still need people to donate items and they will even come and collect items if you call 13 SALVOS (13 7258).



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