Salvation Army store opens its doors

By Saline Eagle Staff

The Salvation Army was founded in 1865 by William Booth, with the express purpose of “the advancement of Christian religion…of education, the relief of poverty and other charitable objects beneficial to the community of mankind as a whole.” While it has now established itself in many parts of the world, it first came to America in 1879. Currently, it states, “the Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its Mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.”
The Salvation Army Family Store and Donation Center opened its doors on Saturday, November 21st.
Manager, Stefan Klages, states that plans are for the proceeds from the Saline store to be used toward the Salvation Army Rehabilitation Program. It will allow drug and alcohol abusers to attend the Army’s six month recovery program at no cost. Currently, there are approximately 200 men in the men’s rehabilitation program and 200 women in the women’s rehabilitation program.
The store is located at 423 Michigan Avenue, and there is a large variety of items available, including clothing, furniture, household goods, shoes and accessories, electronics, carpets, jewelry and, of course Christmas items. Store hours are 9am to 9pm, Monday through Thursday and 9am to 10pm on Friday and Saturday. Donations, which are gratefully accepted, may be made Monday through Saturday 9am to 9pm and Sunday 11am to 5pm at the rear of the store.
Stefan states that starting in January there will be special discount days. They will include the following:
Tuesdays – Veterans
Wednesdays – Senior Citizens (age 55 and up)
Thursdays – Students (age 16 and up)
The staff looks forward to serving Saline and becoming an integral part of the community.

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