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The Salvation Army’s Arbroath charity shop is ready for last-minute Christmas shoppers who are looking for unique gifts thanks to one of its crafty shop volunteers.  The shop has gone the extra mile with its festive stock, as volunteer Louise Broome has been busy transforming old books into hand-made Christmas gifts and decorations using her fantastic folding skills. 

Louise has been turning unwanted books into paper hedgehogs and battery-operated candles, which are now available to buy for those last-minute presents and stocking fillers.  Louise has even been passing her skills to the rest of the Arbroath team.

The Arbroath shop is always looking for more volunteers to lend a helping hand with its daily activities, especially during the festive and New Year period.

Arlene McKenna, area manager for Salvation Army Trading Company commented: “There’s no time like Christmas and the New Year to help out at a Salvation Army shop. It’s one of the best times of year, but also one of the busiest. That’s why The Salvation Army is appealing for a band of Sally Army Helpers who can donate as much time as they can to its Arbroath shop. Volunteers often don’t realise how valuable they are; a couple of hours or even a few days a week make a huge difference to us.”

Arlene added: “We’d like to encourage anybody interested in being one of our Sally Army Helpers to pop in to talk to our friendly staff. There are lots of tasks to get involved with, including sorting through donations, creating window displays, steaming and hanging clothes, and generally assisting customers and we offer really good training! If you think you can spare any time at all, please do get in touch.”

The money raised through the Arbroath shop contributes to The Salvation Army’s valuable work with people who are vulnerable and in need across the UK, including homelessness and addiction services, care for older people, help at emergency incidents, support for adult victims of human trafficking in England and Wales and a Family Tracing Service. Over the last five years alone the Salvation Army Trading Company’s shops and recycling initiatives have donated over £35 million to The Salvation Army.

Shop: Arbroath