A local business and a Melbourne benefactor are among those to have come to the Echuca Salvation Army's aid after fire destroyed its Sturt St sheds last week.By Renee Thompson
Echuca’s Salvation Army has somewhere to store the furniture spared from last week’s shed fire thanks to a local business.
Fire gutted the Salvos’ Sturt St storage shed and its youth hall last Wednesday after suspected arsonists set fire to an outdoor couch and the fire spread inside.
Salvation Army Lieutenant Mark Smith said Macca’s Demolition was dropping off a shipping container to act as a temporary storage facility for the furniture last night.
Offers of support and donations began streaming in last week.
"People keep bailing me up as I walk down the street. I've had plenty of phone calls," he said on Friday.
This week he was pleasantly surprised to learn a benefactor from Melbourne had donated a nice sum to help with the rebuilding process.
‘‘We got a phone call from our headquarters in Melbourne that someone had donated $500,’’ he said.
‘‘I don’t know how they found out (about the fire), but they found out in some form.’’
Lt Smith wanted to stress there were many types of donations the charity could not take on.
‘‘We can take clothes — we still have our donation bins, they’re still intact — but as far as furniture or anything big is concerned, we can’t take that on at the moment,’’ he said.
‘‘Any linen is fine, but please hold off on furniture and beds.’’
Getting the youth hub up and running was still a top priority, Lt Smith said.
He said insurance would reimburse a $5000 Roy Ogden Foundation grant donated to the Salvos last August for the youth hub.
But he said the grant would only cover ‘‘just the very basics’’.
Lt Smith said one way people could help raise money for renovations would be to mark Saturday, November 16 in their diaries.
‘‘Before the fire, we were planning on having a talent night in November which would have almost finished our fundraising efforts towards renovating the youth hall,’’ he said.
‘‘We’re still holding the talent night in November, except now it will be to fundraise for the start of our rebuilding efforts.’’
Entry costs $5 or $15 for families.
For information, phone the Echuca Salvation Army on 5482 6722.
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