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Salvation Army thrift store reopens June 12

The Fort St. John Salvation Army says its thrift store will reopen Friday, June 12. The store has been closed due to COVID-19 and will resume operations with several related safety measures to ensure staff and customer safety, the agency says.
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Cameron Eggie and his wife Tatjana in the Salvation Army Thrift Store in Fort St. John. “When I was young, I thought (the Salvation Army) was just a thrift store with old ladies folding sweaters,” Cameron says. “I realized they had a social service component when I started doing weekend shelter work at a youth safe house, where I’d see kids 12 to 16 escaping homes, or being exploited.”

The Fort St. John Salvation Army says its thrift store will reopen Friday, June 12.

The store has been closed due to COVID-19 and will resume operations with several related safety measures to ensure staff and customer safety, the agency says.

“We are excited to get back to business,” said Executive Director Cameron Eggie.

“At the same time, we want to ensure we are doing our part to keep our staff and the community safe. So, things may look a bit different in terms of the service delivery, but the same open and hospitable experience will be made available to all.”

Measures include enhanced daily cleaning and increased sanitization of commonly touched surfaces, the installation of hand sanitizer stations, and protective equipment for staff.

“As a result of the pandemic, the need for affordable clothing and household items will be very high in the days, weeks, and months ahead,” said Eggie.

“During these scary and unpredictable times, we’ve remained committed to helping individuals and families in our community and we hope people will return to our store so we can continue that work.”

Thrift store sales support local programs and services in Fort St. John including the food bank and community meal program, as well as the emergency shelter for people experiencing homelessness.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.