As the festive season begins, Dorset Council is pleased to inform residents of a brand-new partnership with The Salvation Army.

Dorset residents can donate their unwanted clothing and shoes in one of the new clothing banks from The Salvation Armylocated at various car parks around the county.

Many of us are giving and receiving gifts this Christmas; Dorset Council are urging residents to donate their unwanted clothing and shoes in one of the clothing banks.

99% of the clothing and shoes that are donated are re-used or recycled, sold in The Salvation Army’s charity shops and the money raised helps The Salvation Army fund its valuable work throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland.

The Salvation Army believe that every person has the right to live a life of freedom and are committed to supporting people who are in need and helping them to live to their fullest potential. With all The Salvation Army’s services they provide, not only do they offer a place of safety but tailor-made programmes to provide people with the skills and tools to end the cycle of their previous situation and move on to a life of independence and freedom.

Below is a list of acceptable and unacceptable items, please donate:

  • Adult and children’s clothing
  • Paired shoes
  • Handbags
  • Belts
  • Towels
  • Bed Linen

Please note:

  • No quilts or pillows
  • No rags
  • No Toys
  • No Curtains

Louise Blank, from Salvation Army Trading Company, commented:

“We are excited to have started a working partnership with Dorset Council that will help us to provide resources to The Salvation Army and their services such as modern slavery victim support, supporting the homeless, addiction services and many more. Our goal is to collect clothing that can be reused to help raise funds and support the vital work of The Salvation Army”.

Cllr Tony Alford, Portfolio Holder for Customer and Regulatory Services at Dorset Council said:

“In England, we are putting a lot of clothes and shoes in the waste bin, much of it going to landfill.

It doesn’t need to be that way, and we are happy to be working with The Salvation Army so that residents can recycle their clothes or allow them to be reused.

We are inviting residents who get some new clothes over the festive period to recycle some old ones at any of these new textile banks based in car parks throughout Dorset.

These banks will be available from early next week (w/c Monday 23 December) and can be accessed all year round. Find your nearest bank online.

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