The impact of COVID-19 has claimed another business, this time closing down The Sutherland Salvation Army Thrift Store.
According to their website, their 'boutique' location at 1511 Sutherland Avenue has permanently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“These are not easy decisions, and this closure was nowhere on our radar prior to COVID-19” states Captain Darryl Burry, executive director for the Kelowna Salvation Army. “We want to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers, donors and customers, so given the new realities, we must take this step."
"We will continue to seek out new opportunities and locations for future operations, but in the meantime will continue to provide service via our Rutland Thrift Store.”
Rutland hosts Kelowna's main Salvation Army Thrift Store, which will remain open and staff from the Sutherland store will be transferred to that location at 200 Rutland Rd. South.
They also have a Facebook shop which has items not found in store.
Funds raised at the Salvation Army Thrift Store support local programs and services such as:
- Supportive community food bank
- Back to school supplies for children and youth
- Daily meal programs for the homeless
- Provision of clothing and household goods to those in need
- Emergency disaster services
- Support programs for children, youth and seniors
- Christmas food and toy program for families