By Tristan Harris 07/06 Updated: 08/06 16:50
VOLUNTEER drivers are being sought by the Salvation Army for its charity shops in Bromsgrove and Northfield.
Those carrying out the roles will collect items being donated by people unable to take them to the stores.
These could include small, portable furniture items, such as side tables, nests of tables, coffee tables, bedside cabinets and stools, as well as bric-a-brac, homeware and clothing.
The collections can be arranged around the volunteers' other commitments and in evenings or at weekends if needs be.
Volunteers do not need to drive a van - a car with a reasonably sized boot or back seat would be sufficient.
The proceeds from the sold items will help fund the Salvation Army's work in communities throughout the UK.
The Salvation Army's services are aimed at the homeless, the elderly, children, families, those needing help in emergency situations and much more.
Jayne Sargeant, the area manager for Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd’s (SATCoL), which has put out the appeal, said: "Charity shops are being used more than ever by people struggling in the tough economic climate, especially mothers with young children, so shops like ours are always in need of more stock to meet the high demand.
"This is especially the case with small, portable furniture items and household goods.
"We hope that by providing a collection service for these types of items, which are hard for most people to carry into town, we can make it really easy for people to donate to us."
She added because of the number of calls the charity received relating to house collections, the volunteer drivers would really make a difference, helping stock the shops and raising more money.
The Northfield shop co-ordinates the scheme for both Northfield and Bromsgrove.
Those wanting to find out more or volunteer should call 0121 478 2232.
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